published Monday, March 17th, 2014

Tennessee’s NCAA tournament history

2014 NCAA Men's Bracket
2014 NCAA Men's Bracket

TENNESSEE IN THE TOURNAMENT

Tennessee will make its 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament after the Vols were included in the 68-team bracket Sunday. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, Tennessee has made 11 appearances, lost in the first round five times and reached the round of 32 twice, three Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight. Here’s a look at Tennessee’s history in the Big Dance.

1967

Seed: N/A

Result: Lost 53-52 to Dayton in the regional semifinals, and lost to Indiana 51-44 in a consolation game.

1976

Seed: N/A

Result: Lost 81-75 to VMI in the first round.

1977

Seed: N/A

Result: Lost 93-88 in overtime to Syracuse in the first round.

1979

Seed: 8

Result: Beat (9) Eastern Kentucky 97-81 in the first round, and lost to (1) Notre Dame 73-67 in the second round.

1980

Seed: 7

Result: Beat (10) Furman 80-69 in the first round, and lost to (2) Maryland 86-75 in the second round.

1981

Seed: 4

Result: Received a first-round bye, beat (5) Virginia Commonwealth 58-56 in overtime in the second round and lost to (1) Virginia 62-48 in the regional semifinals.

1982

Seed: 9

Result: Beat (8) Southwestern Louisiana 61-57 in the first round, and lost to (1) Virginia 54-51 in the second round.

1983

Seed: 8

Result: Beat (9) Marquette 57-56 in the first round, and lost to (1) Louisville 70-57 in the second round.

1989

Seed: 10

Result: Lost to (7) West Virginia 84-68 in the first round.

1998

Seed: 8

Result: Lost to (9) Illinois State 82-81 in overtime in the first round.

1999

Seed: 4

Result: Beat (13) Delaware 62-52 in the first round, and lost to (12) Southwest Missouri State 81-51 in the second round.

2000

Seed: 4

Result: Beat (13) Louisiana-Lafayette 63-58 in the first round, beat (5) Connecticut 65-51 in the second round and lost to (8) North Carolina 74-69 in the regional semifinals.

2001

Seed: 8

Result: Lost to (9) Charlotte 70-63 in the first round.

2006

Seed: 2

Result: Beat (15) Winthrop 63-61 in the first round, and lost to (7) Wichita State 80-73 in the second round.

2007

Seed: 5

Result: Beat (12) Long Beach State 121-86 in the first round, beat (4) Virginia 77-74 in the second round and lost to (1) Ohio State 85-84 in the regional semifinals.

2008

Seed: 2

Result: Beat (15) American 72-57 in the first round, beat (7) Butler 76-71 in overtime in the second round and lost to (3) Louisville 79-60 in the regional semifinals.

2009

Seed: 9

Result: Lost to (8) Oklahoma State 77-75 in the first round.

2010

Seed: 6

Result: Beat (11) San Diego State 62-59 in the first round, beat (14) Ohio 83-68 in the second round, beat (2) Ohio State 76-73 in the regional semifinals lost to (5) Michigan State in the regional final.

2011

Seed: 9

Result: Lost to (8) Michigan 75-45 in the first round.

NOTE: There were 23 teams in the NCAA tournament in 1967, and from then the field expanded to 32 teams in 1975, to 40 in 1979, to 48 in 1980, to 52 in 1983 and to 64 in 1985.

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TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES BY COACH

Bruce Pearl: 6 (2006-11)

Don DeVoe: 6 (1979-83, 1989)

Jerry Green: 4 (1998-2001)

Ray Mears: 3 (1967, 1976-77)

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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