Wiedmer: Vols can finally reach Final Four; Bama can win entire NCAA tourney

AP photo by Mark Humphrey / Tennessee's Santiago Vescovi, left, guards Alabama's Herbert Jones during an SEC tournament semifinal Saturday in Nashville. Alabama beat the Vols and went on to defeat LSU in the league title game Sunday, but both teams are in the NCAA tournament, with the Crimson Tide a No. 2 seed and Tennessee a No. 5 seed.

It was getting late in CBS's "NCAA Tournament Selection Show" on Sunday evening when studio analyst Clark Kellogg made the following observation regarding the Tennessee Volunteers, seeded fifth in the Midwest Region.

"Tennessee is my dark-horse team," he said. "They've been up and down, but when they've been good, they've been really good."

Take undefeated and overall No. 1 seed Gonzaga out of the mix, and every team in college basketball has been up and down for one reason or another this season. COVID-19 issues. Injuries. Opponents canceling games because of their COVID-19 issues.

But to have watched the Vols' Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal win over Florida on Friday, and then their narrow loss to league regular-season and tourney champ Alabama on Saturday - a loss suffered without John Fulkerson, UT's own Energizer Bunny, due to a wretched cheap-shot elbow by the Gators' Omar Payne - is to believe the Big Orange have the ability to validate Kellogg's faith.