Vols fall to Wolverines 76-68
Tennessee denied a trip to the NCAA Tourney Sweet Sixteen
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Vols are making their 24th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Orange owns a 23-24 (.489) NCAA Tournament record.
Michigan has alternated wins and losses for its last 11 games, having not won or lost consecutive games since Feb. 8 and Feb. 10.
With a win Saturday, Tennessee would advance to the Sweet Sixteen, which is set for Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. Time and television network will be determined following the conclusion of this weekend’s games.
Michigan wins the tip-off and the Vols and Wolverines are underway in Indianapolis.
Michigan is riding momentum getting out to a quick 6-0 lead off of two three-pointers.
Pacing the way for the Vols is Junior Josiah Jordan-James settling the orange and white down.
Into the first media timeout 10-8 Wolverines in the lead.
11:57 to play in the first half buckets being traded on both ends. Uros Plavsis will be at the line to shoot two.
Michigan nursing a slight lead 17-12.
At the under eight, Michigan gets a three but Tennessee capture its first lead of the game for a stretch as Michigan went cold going more than 3:00 minutes of game time without a basket.
Maize and blue with a 22-20 lead.
An absolute battle is brewing at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Michigan leads 30-29 3:54 1st.
Tennessee is rolling off of back-to-back-to-back Michigan turnovers.
Tennessee 37 Michigan 32 36 seconds in the 1st.
At the Half:
Josiah Jordan-James leads the way for Tennessee with 10pts. Hunter Dickinson for Michigan leads both teams with 12pts respectively.
It’s Kennedy Chandler leading the way for UT with 15 points. Vols are 9-14 from the floor in the 2nd half, many of those in close courtesy of Chandler and Zakai Ziegler. Tennessee is 2-11 from beyond the arc, but a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line. Vols lead Wolverines 57-54 with 10:14 to go in the game.
Tennessee goes cold down the stretch and finishes just 2-18 from beyond the arc. The 3-point shot that has been their friend in the post-season, turns on them in the NCAA 2nd round as Michigan advances on to San Antonio and the round of 16.
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