The Volunteers, who have wins over Kansas and Kentucky, the top two seeds in the NCAA Tournament and the Nos. 1 and 2 in the RPI, earned an RPI of 14. They were given a No. 6 seed, the same as a Notre Dame team that finished 49th in the RPI and, as mentioned earlier, lost at home to RPI 175 Loyola Marymount (did the committee just ignore that one?).
It’s hard to tell why the committee punished a Tennessee team that should have been closer to a 4 seed than a 6 seed.