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Tennessee Basketball Vols have 33 percent chance to make tournament

The Tennessee basketball Vols are playing meaningful basketball heading into February. Seriously.

FOX Sports Knoxville’s Will Warren was the first to kick around the idea of Rick Barnes’ BabyVols having a realistic path to the NCAA Tournament Bubble. Beating Kansas State (currently 45th in RPI) on Saturday would give Tennessee back-to-back wins over top 50 teams heading into a fairly easy stretch of their schedule. The Vols go to Auburn and Mississippi State next week followed by home games against Ole Miss and Georgia before a Valentine’s Day rematch in Lexington.

The Vols will be favored or will be very slight underdogs in their next five games. The Vols are currently a pick ’em against the Wildcats.

Currently, the Vols sit at 47th in the RPI after moving up 15 spots thanks to the win over Kentucky. TeamRankings.com gives Tennessee a 32.2% chance of receiving an At Large Bid. Last week, that percentage sat at 8.3%.

Their tournament predictor sets the magic number for Tennessee at 19 wins, giving the Vols a 70% chance of receiving a NCAA bid. Below is a breakdown of just how important each win is for Tennessee’s tournament chances.

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