Tennessee is the surprising Number-2 seed in the D.C. Region...
S-I likes the Vols because Bruce Pearl is named as Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year..
Sharpshooting Guard Chris Lofton is named as Sports Illustrated First Team All-American.
Tennessee will have its' hands full in its' first Thursday..
The Vols face Big South Conference Champion Winthrop.
The Athletic Eagles get votes in Both Polls...
That game is Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.