Vols gearing up for exciting Sweet 16 showdown against Purdue

Tennessee hit the road on Tuesday night for its first Sweet 16 appearance in five years.

The Vols flew out to Louisville on Tuesday afternoon and will practice in the KFC Yum! Center for the first time on Wednesday. The Vols will see a familiar opponent in the No. 3 seed Purdue Boilermakers.

Junior forward Grant Williams says that this year's team is a lot like the group UT saw in the Battle for Atlantis in November of 2017. The Vols were victorious in that matchup, knocking off then-18th ranked Purdue 78-75 in overtime.

The back-to-back SEC player of the year was very complimentary of this year's team.

"Carsen Edwards is playing out of his mind right now," Williams said. They have guys like Matt Haarms and Eifert...you have to be ready."

After a scare against Iowa in the second round, Tennessee was close to seeing its season end in Columbus on Sunday afternoon.

Point guard Jordan Bone isn't taking this team's success for granted. He's looking to continue perhaps the most successful season in program history.

"This team has made history," Bone said. "We have to continue to do that, we have to continue to have fun...because you never know when the last game's going to be."

Vols players will speak to the media in the locker room at noon tomorrow. Rick Barnes and the UT starting five will address the media at 12:25 ET. Tennessee will hit the floor for practice around 12:45 ET on Wednesday afternoon.

We'll talk everything UT basketball and NCAA Tournament this Thursday afternoon for our Sweet Orange Madness Special. Tune in to WVLT at 5 o'clock for an hour of Vols coverage leading up to tip-off between the Vols and Boilermakers at 7:29 PM ET on CBS.