|Monday, March 10
Updated: March 11, 9:15 AM ET
Vols receive Georgia's bye; tourney to be re-seeded
By Andy Katz
Tennessee is the beneficiary of Georgia's withdrawal from the SEC tournament.
A bubble team that needed to advance in the SEC tournament, the Volunteers will now receive a bye into the quarterfinals instead of playing in the first round.
The SEC announced that it will re-seed the tournament, per the conference bylaws, like it did in 1991 when Auburn was ineligible for the SEC tournament.
Georgia moves to the No. 6 seed in the SEC East, moving Vanderbilt up to No. 5, South Carolina to No. 4 and Tennessee to No. 3 in the SEC East.
The Vols (9-7 in SEC) receive the quarterfinals bye since they have a better record then LSU (8-8), the No. 3 seed out of the West. Tennessee will face Auburn in the quarterfinals Friday at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Both the Volunteers (17-10) and the Tigers (19-10, 8-8) are on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament and the loser of the game might not make the field.