Tennessee plans to use the heartbreaking finish to its surprisingly successful season as motivation for a deeper NCAA Tournament run next year.
After being picked to finish 13th out of 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference , Tennessee won a share of the league's regular-season title and earned its first NCAA bid since 2014. Tennessee's season ended Saturday when Clayton Custer's jumper with 3.6 seconds remaining gave Loyola-Chicago a 63-62 second-round victory over the Volunteers.
"All we can do is build on it," Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield said. "We got here. We got a little bit of taste of what it's like to be here. And if we want to go further, we've got to work a little harder."