Many Big Orange fans were left disappointed once they found out the UT men's team would not be invited to this year's NCAA tournament.
The Vols are now destined for the NIT Tournament instead, which did leave UT fan Chris Nichols excited.
"NIT means not in the tournament to me," he said.
Nichols told 10News he felt the team's resume was strong enough to garner them an invitation.
"I feel like they need to be in the tournament," he said.
The lack of an invite for the Vols had Shelia Rickard perplexed as well.
"Just wasn't our lucky day today," she said.
Tennessee earned a No. 2 seed in he NIT and will host Mercer on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.