After the dismissal of forward Tyler Smith, many wondered if Tennessee was both too depleted and too distraught to contend anymore.
Tennessee quickly answered with their upset victory over then-No. 1 Kansas. Later on in the season they beat top-ranked Kentucky as well.
We know that Tennessee can play with the big boys. However, can they eliminate the little boys beforehand?
Tennessee plays No. 11-seeded SDSU in the first round, which should be a pretty close game. However, Tennessee does have the better coach, more experience, and an easier commute to the site, so they are favored to win.
Tennessee would likely play Georgetown, Ohio State, and Kansas in the second round, Sweet 16, and Elite Eight respectively.
Tennessee's Wayne Chism matches up well with G'town forward Greg Monroe, and Scotty Hopson and Bobby Maze match up perfectly with G'town guards Austin Freeman and Chris Wright.
Georgetown has no bench, and they are still unsure how they will handle Freeman's illness, so Tennessee can use their transition scoring to tire out Georgetown for a lopsided victory.
Tennessee is more talented all-around than Ohio State. Chism should be active down low against Ohio State's weak interior defense that features Dallas Lauderdale. If Tennessee can contain Evan Turner, the game will be a breeze.
In the Elite Eight match up with Kansas, we already know what could certainly happen. Tennessee has beaten this Jayhawk team once, and they can certainly do it again.