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Predicted: 4th in East
Finished: 19-15 (8-8)
Postseason: SEC Quarterfinals, NCAA Second Round loss to Michigan
Breakdown: Tennessee tended to do the complete opposite of most teams.
They started as one of the hottest teams in the country and rose to seventh in the polls. They knocked off some very good teams and then decided to shut down.
They were a very average team most of the time from that point on, and finished the year with a sad showing in a 30-point loss to Michigan.
The team raised its own expectations and failed to reach them.
Turmoil around the program could be a big reason, and it showed as Tennessee fired Bruce Pearl following the season.
I personally think he was the greatest coach ever at Tennessee, and he finally got people to put their butts in that massive gym for a guy’s game and not just for the Lady Vols.
Final Grade: C+ for Basketball, F for Coach/NCAA turmoil