Tennessee, Missouri and Louisville all earn NCAA at-large bids


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The Tennessee Volunteers beat two of the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament this season. It hasn't helped them.

The NCAA tournament seeded the Vols sixth in the Midwest Region on Sunday even though they were ranked 15th this week and had an RPI of 14. The Vols will play San Diego State (25-8) on Thursday in Providence, R.I.

If Tennessee advances, they likely would meet No. 2 seed Georgetown on Sunday.

The Missouri Tigers are headed to their second consecutive NCAA tournament.

Missouri received the No. 10 seed in the East Region and will face seventh-seeded Clemson on Friday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson said he had butterflies before the announcement. His team lost three of four games to end the season and were upset by Nebraska at the Big 12 tournament.

Louisville (20-12) open as the ninth seed in the South Region against No. 8 California in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.

The Cards were a contender for a top seed before stumbling midway through the year. They managed to go 5-2 down the stretch, however, and picked up a big victory over then-No. 1 Syracuse on March 6—their second win over the Orange this season—before falling to Cincinnati in the Big East tournament.