Tennessee Basketball a Juggernaut in the March Madness Opener. But Now it Gets Tougher

It’s true that first impressions aren’t always accurate. What meets the eye up front is not often what ends up happening.

So, Tennessee’s 88-56 hammering of hapless Longwood in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament was not the result of any kind of crazy on the part of the Vols.

This is what the vast majority of people predicted would happen: Quick and simple. A stress-free opening round for a squad looking beyond the first weekend of the bracket.

Tennessee Basketball a Juggernaut in the March Madness Opener. But Now it Gets Tougher

All of these assured Vols, led by Santiago Vescovi’s 18, Josiah-Jordan Jones’ 17, and John Fulkerson’s 15 points, put on a display.

They did an excellent job of defending, and their shooting was even better. By the time halftime rolled around, Tennessee had gone on a 13-0 run and was leading by 25 points.

March Madness Today

The modern version of March Madness is not the same as the one that first began the tradition.

These days, the top eight teams from each classification (Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A, and Class 4A) advance to the state finals in Peoria and Normal, respectively.

These tournaments now also include “The Happening,” a dramatic competition pitting the finest three-point shooters in the state.

And since 1996, Illinois high school basketball fans have been able to participate in the action at the “March Madness Experience,” an exhibition hall full of excitement, games, and good times.

As a result of these competitions’ growing popularity, the IHSA can now offer its supporters a wider variety of services and benefits beyond merely fun.

College scholarships for high school seniors in Illinois are supported by licencing fees for the combined “March Madness” and “America’s Original March Madness” marks.

Selection Concluding Remarks The field for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was announced on Sunday.


Despite months of back-and-forth over the relative merits of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, KenPom.com ratings, quadrant-based records, and strengths of schedule, none of that nonsense is now relevant.

Of course, many will spend a few more hours or days moaning about how they were unfairly seeded or excluded, but that’s unfortunate.

Now that we’ve decided on a roster, we can go on to the exciting part: determining who goes where in the brackets.

We evaluated all 68 teams in the NCAA tournament based on a variety of factors, including player quality.

The health of the roster currently, notable victories, the biggest deficiencies, and a heavy dose of gut feeling/eye test.