Tennessee, the No. 4 seed within the NCAA Tournament’s East Region, will tipoff in opposition to No. 13 Louisiana at 9:40 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday in Orlando. The recreation will probably be broadcast by CBS.
No. 5 Duke and No. 12 Oral Roberts will begin at 7:10 p.m. ET Thursday. The Tennessee-Louisiana winner will face the Duke-Oral Roberts winner within the second spherical on Saturday.
Tennessee (23-10), the match’s No. 14 general seed, enters the NCAA Tournament with seven losses over its earlier 12 video games, relationship again to February 1. The Vols misplaced 79-71 to Missouri within the SEC Tournament quarterfinal spherical on Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
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Louisiana (26-7) enters on a five-game win streak and is led by 6-foot-11, 225-pound ahead Jordan Brown, who averages 19.4 factors and eight.7 rebounds per recreation. Guard Greg Williams Jr. averaged 13.1 factors, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per recreation and ahead Terence Lewis II averages 11.0 factors and seven.5 rebounds per recreation.
Louisiana, the No. 54 general seed within the match, is No. 89 within the NET, No. 88 within the KPI score and No. 67 in ESPN’s Strength of Record. The Cajuns are No. 99 in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, No. 92 within the KenPom.com score and No. 97 within the Sagarin score.
KenPom has Louisiana No. 57 in adjusted offensive effectivity, scoring 112.2 factors per 100 possessions, and No. 146 in defensive effectivity, giving up 104.0 factors per 100 possessions.
Louisiana No. 49 in 3-point share, No. 85 in 2-point share and 320th in free-throw share. The Ragin’ Cajuns take 31.7 % of their pictures from the 3-point line, 315th nationally. They’re 305th in 3-pointer in level distribution and 72nd in 2-pointers.
Tennessee as of Sunday was No. 14 within the KPI score and No. 23 in ESPN’s Strength of Record score. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index had the Vols at No. 2, whereas they have been No. 6 within the KenPom score and No. 10 in Sagarin score.
Tennessee’s 23 wins got here in opposition to opponents with a median NET rating of 130, whereas the losses got here in opposition to groups with a median NET rating of 40. The power of schedule for the Vols was No. 32 within the NET.
Tennessee as a No. 4 seed within the NCAA Tournament
Tennessee has been a No. 4 seed within the NCAA Tournament 3 times beforehand. The Vols in 1981, when the match had 48 groups, beat No. 5-seed VCU 58-56 in extra time, then misplaced to No. 1-seed Virginia 62-48 within the second spherical.
In 1999, Tennessee beat No. 13 62-52 within the first spherical, then misplaced No. 12 Southwest Missouri State 81-51 within the second spherical. The Vols went to the Sweet Sixteen as a No. 4 seed in 2000, beating No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette (63-58) within the first spherical and UConn (65-51) within the second spherical. No. 8 North Carolina beat Tennessee 74-69 within the spherical of sixteen.
The Vols within the NCAA Tournament
Tennessee has been to the NCAA Tournament 24 instances in program historical past and has a 23-25 general file within the match. The Vols have been to the Elite Eight as soon as (2010) and the Sweet Sixteen eight instances (1967, 1981, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2019). There have been 17 appearances for Tennessee within the spherical of 32.
Rick Barnes has a 25-26 file in 26 earlier journeys to the NCAA Tournament, relationship again to 1989. He’s taken the Vols to 5 straight tournaments after lacking the postseason in his first two seasons at Tennessee and COVID cancelling the 2020 match. Barnes is 3-4 in NCAA Tournament video games at Tennessee.
The Vols have been a No. 3 seed in 2018, however misplaced to No. 11 Loyola-Chicago within the second spherical. Tennessee was a No. 2 seed in 2019, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen earlier than dropping to No. 3 Purdue, and was a No. 5 seed in 2021, dropping to No. 12 Oregon State within the first spherical. The Vols have been a No. 3 a 12 months in the past, dropping to No. 11 Michigan within the second spherical.