Tennessee projected as a four-seed in 2023 NCAA Tournament against Anteaters

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The 2022-23 season will be Rick Barnes’ eighth season as Tennessee’s head coach.

Barnes guided the Vols to a 2022 Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN released its 2023 NCAA Tournament bracketology on Tuesday. The Vols are projected as a four-seed, playing No. 13 seed UC Irvine in Orlando, Florida. The Anteaters finished the 2021-22 season with a 15-10 record.

The winner of the Tennessee-UC Irvine matchup would play either Michigan State or UAB.

Barnes has guided the Vols to four NCAA Tournament appearances. Tennessee advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2019, the second round during the 2018 and 2022 seasons, while being eliminated in the first round during the 2021 campaign.