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Tennessee basketball: Vols history as No. 4 seed; Conference realignment; CFP vs. March Madness

One SEC team is already eliminated from the NCAA Tournament as the Mississippi State Bulldogs lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers in a play-in game Tuesday night. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker continue their coverage of March Madness by looking at the history of Tennessee basketball as a No. 4 seed and comparing it to the upcoming 12-team College Football Playoff. Realignments and Georgia football also made news.

What result by Tennessee basketball will satisfy fans

As a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, expectations are for Tennessee basketball to make some noise in March Madness. However, the Vols have underperformed under Rick Barnes in previous years, and they are playing without Zakai Zeigler, so what would be a fair expectation for them this year?

Tennessee basketball history as No. 4 seed in NCAA Tournament

This is the fourth March Madness event in history in which Tennessee basketball was a No. 4 seed and the first since 2000. They have made two Sweet 16 appearances the previous three times and one Round of 32 appearance. What happened in each of those tournaments? How memorable are they?

March Madness vs. 12-team College football Playoff

Although March Madness is the most exciting time of the year, by 2024, college football will have a 12-team playoff. Will that surpass March Madness as the most exciting college sports event? College football already has a more exciting regular season since every game matters, so what will this mean for the sport overall?

Is Georgia football staring down trouble?

Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports tweeted that the Georgia Bulldogs could be staring down some NCAA violations. Combining that with the recent legal issues so many of their players have been in, could Kirby Smart and the Dawgs be playing far too fast and loose right now?

Conference realignment

Last week, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey implied on Paul Finebaum that the SEC wasn’t planning to expand further anytime soon. Was he being honest? How does that correlate with the reports of the Big 12 and Pac-12 discussing a potential merger? Where does this all end up?

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