Originally Posted by Redsland
Well, I'm not defending the poll, which probably should have Tennessee ranked somewhere, but in answer to your question, I'd say the Vols fell off the map when they were losing six of eight games in January, particularly to teams like Auburn and Mississippi. And besides earning splits against Florida and UK, the Vols haven't beaten a top team since the Memphis game, back in December.
If it's any consolation, bracketologists have them as a four seed at the moment.
No question they fell off the map in late January. That was due to the loss of the SEC's top scorer, Lofton. Even with those losses, they have the 2nd best record in the SEC.
I agree the only nice wins they've had since December is FL and KY, but what other big teams have they played since Dec? One. OSU. And they lost on a last second shot in Columbus.
I agree with the bracketologists. I think they should be ranked nationally 15-20. The RPI is not w/o its flaws. I think it should weight road wins much more than home wins.
Traditionally UT has a hard time come mid March 'cause the school is more wrapped up in Spring football than basketball, IMO. They haven't even won an SEC tournament game in a few years. A big challenge for Bruce Pearl is to change that and keep the "basketball energy" well into March.