11-seed Michigan Wolverines (17-14, 11-9 Big Ten) vs. 3-seed Tennessee Volunteers (27-7, 14-4 SEC)
When: 5:50 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Radio: WWJ-AM (950; more radio affiliates).
Line: Vols by 6½.
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Game notes: Michigan is in the Round of 32 again; that’s six straight tournament appearances while winning a game. Hunter Dickinson (21 points, four blocks) was key in the 75-63 win over Colorado State on Thursday. Eli Brooks added 16 points, seven rounds and six assists as Michigan dominated the second half 46-27 to pull off the comeback over the higher-seeded, mid-major Rams.
Tennessee did not have as much trouble in their first tournament game, easily dispatching Longwood after a close start. The game was 20-17 with about 10 minutes left in the first half, then the Vols went on a 9-0 run as part of a larger 34-12 run to end the half, 54-29 in favor of Tennessee. Watch for Kennedy Chandler and Santiago Vescovi, the Vols’ sharp-shooting leading scorers, who put up 13 points and 18 points, respectively, vs. Longwood.
The lone common opponent the teams have is North Carolina. Michigan lost Dec. 1 by 21 to UNC thanks, in part, to Hunter Dickinson’s foul trouble. The Vols beat the Tar Heels by a similar margin, 17 points, on Nov. 21.
Winner of this game faces the winner of 7th-seeded Ohio State vs. second-seeded Villanova.
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