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March Sadness for Vols

Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin

For the second consecutive year, the Tennessee men’s basketball team came agonizingly close to an NCAA Tournament berth and fell frustratingly short.

The Volunteers (20-12) are again bound for the NIT, where they were a No. 1 seed last season.

UT, for a second consecutive year, won eight of its final nine regular-season games to emerge from well off the radar to firmly on the bubble, only to suffer a disappointing, early exit from the SEC Tournament and lose an NCAA Tournament spot. Many national analysts expected the Vols to make the Field of 68, but most knew UT was one of the nation’s few teams to truly be on the final bubble and was anything but a sure bet to be in the tournament.

The Vols are expected to be a high seed in the NIT and host early-round games in Thompson-Boling Arena, but that 32-team bracket won’t be unveiled until 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

UT coach Cuonzo Martin will speak with reporters at approximately 9:30 p.m. EDT from his office in Thompson-Boling, and govols247 will be there to gauge his reaction.

Contact Wes Rucker at wrucker@247sports.com, www.twitter.com/wesrucker247 or www.facebook.com/wesrucker247

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