Next game (Links): NCAAT - Sunday 3/31/2024 (2:20pm CBS) Purdue

Y’all need to wake up. We’re about to play in the Sweet 16. Someone start rattling off some stats or some matchups or something. Too quiet in here
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That's probably because Michigan isn't a place any Volunteer would want to spend any time in, so they subconsciously don't play well there just to get the hell outta there.

However, this year will be different because this team is next level and on a mission from God.

Thanks for your amazing insight.
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• In the lone prior meeting between the two sides, Tennessee notched a 34-28 home win over Creighton on 1/9/37. That was just the 29th season in program history at UT.
• Creighton, which tied for second place in the BIG EAST, has its ninth straight 20-win season and is in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years.
• Senior guard Baylor Scheierman, a Third Team All-American, paces Creighton at 18.3 ppg and 9.1 rpg.
• Scheierman and UT guard Dalton Knecht are two of the five finalists for the Julius Erving Award.
• UT is 31-27 all-time against current BIG EAST schools. It owns a 3-0 record in such NCAA Tournament games, possessing victories over Buter (2008), Connecticut (2000) and Marquette (1983).
• Tennessee and Creighton are two of the seven teams making back- to-back Sweet 16 trips, alongside Alabama, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Houston and San Diego State.
• The Volunteers are seeking their second Elite Eight bid (2010), while the Bluejays are looking for their third (1941 and 2023).

• Tennessee won the SEC regular season crown for the 11th time, notching its sixth outright title.
• The Volunteers are 8-5 in the NCAA Tournament under Rick Barnes, who is tied for the most such wins by a UT head coach.
• UT is 27-26 all-time in 26 NCAA Tournament trips, with this the first time it has ever owned a winning record in the event. The Vols are 2-5 in second games, 7-3 as a No. 2 seed and 0-2 against No. 3 seeds. This will be their first postseason game in Michigan.
• UT is one of 14 teams with seven Sweet 16 bids in the last 17 NCAA Tournaments (since 2006-07). It joins North Carolina (11), Duke (10), Gonzaga (10), Kansas (nine plus one vacated), Gonzaga (nine), Kentucky (eight), UCLA (eight), Arizona (seven plus one vacated), Michigan (seven), Purdue (seven), Syracuse (seven), Wisconsin (seven) and Xavier (seven).
• This is the second time UT has earned back-to-back Sweet 16 berths, joining 2007 and 2008.
• UT went 4-2 in the regular season against the other Sweet 16 teams.

• UT has 26 wins for the fourth time in the last seven years under Rick Barnes; it hit that tally thrice before his 2015 arrival. UT has 170 victories since 2017-18, co-10th in DI and co-fifth among teams at the Power Six level that entire time.
• Barnes, a Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award finalist, hit 200 wins at UT in the Round of 64 victory against Saint Peter's, becoming the 19th coach to reach that mark at two DI schools.
• With three steals in the win over Texas, Santiago Vescovi upped his career total to 212, passing Vincent Yarbrough (1998-2002) for the most in UT history. He owns 15 steals in NCAA Tournament play, tied with Chris Lofton (2004-08) for the UT record.
• Zakai Zeigler has 24 assists in NCAA Tournament action, three behind Bert Bertelkamp (1976- 80) for the school record.
• Dalton Knecht, one of four Naismith Trophy finalists, is tied with Allan Houston (717 in 1991- 92) for third on UT's single-season scoring list and seven shy of Dale Ellis (724 in 1982-83) for second.
Y’all need to wake up. We’re about to play in the Sweet 16. Someone start rattling off some stats or some matchups or something. Too quiet in here

All-time, two-seeds own a 43-28 record against three-seeds in the NCAA Tournament. That’s good enough for a 60.6% win percentage.

Unfortunately for Tennessee, they’ve been on the wrong side of the match-up between 2-seeds and 3-seeds in their tournament history.

The Vols are 0-2 all-time against 3-seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Both times UT has played a three-seed has been when they were a two-seed, and both times came in the Sweet Sixteen. Tennessee fell 79-60 to three-seed Louisville in 2008, and they most recently lost 99-94 in overtime to three-seed Purdue in 2019.

On the flip side, Creighton has had the same luck against two-seeds in their program’s history. The Blue Jays are 0-2 all-time against 2-seeds in the NCAA Tournament, losing 75-63 to two-seed Maryland in 1999 as a 10-seed, and falling to two-seed Duke 66-50 as a 7-seed in 2013.

• The Midwest's top seed, Purdue, will battle the No. 2 seed and No. 6-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in Sunday's Elite Eight from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Boilermakers are looking for their first Final Four appearance since 1980, while Tennessee is aiming for their first Final Four in school history.
• This marks the second straight game that Purdue will play a team in the NCAA Tournament that it faced during the regular season after defeating Gonzaga on Friday. Previously before the Gonzaga and subsequent Tennessee game, Purdue hadn't done that since 2000.
• If Purdue's path to the Final Four looks eerily familiar, it's because it is. In November, Purdue won three games at the Maui Invitational playing Gonzaga, Tennessee and Marquette in order. The Boilermakers defeated Gonzaga on Friday in the Sweet 16 and will face Tennessee in the Elite 8 on Sunday. Marquette lost in Friday's Sweet 16 to North Carolina State.
• Head coach Matt Painter is a big-time Chicago Cubs and hopes history repeats itself in 2024. For just the second time in Purdue history, the Boilermakers will play on the same day as the Chicago Cubs. The first occurrence came on March 28, 2019, when the Cubs defeated the Texas Rangers, 12-4, while Purdue topped Tennessee in the 2019 Sweet Sixteen, 99-94. The Cubs will play Texas again on Sunday, while the Boilermakers battle the Volunteers.
• Purdue and Tennessee have quite a history between the two teams. In 2009, Purdue topped the Vols 73-72 to win the Paradise Jam in November. The Volunteers then returned the favor with a 78-75 overtime win in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis. Purdue responded by topping the Volunteers in the 2019 Sweet 16, 99-94, in an overtime classic, before defeating Tennessee in the 2023 Maui Invitational semifinals, 71-67.
• With the win over Gonzaga on Friday, the Boilermakers won their 32nd game of the year and are now 32-4 on the season. The 32 victories are a continuing school record.
• Purdue has won its first three games in the NCAA Tournament by a combined 79 points (78-50 vs. Grambling; 106-67 vs. Utah State; 80-68 vs. Gonzaga).
• Purdue is making its second Elite Eight appearances in five seasons, last making the Regional Finals in 2019 (lost to eventual National Champion Virginia in overtime). Prior to the 2019 season, the Boilermakers last made the Elite Eight in 2000.
• Purdue improved to 9-0 this season against nationally-ranked teams. The Boilermakers are the second team in the last 15 years to play at least nine games against nationally-ranked teams without a loss (2012 Kentucky; 10-0).
• Purdue has won 20 straight non-conference, regular-season and postseason games against power-conference OR nationally-ranked teams. It equals the second-longest streak in NCAA history, and is just behind the 22 straight by UCLA from 1971 to 1974. Duke (March 1991 to Feb. 1993) and UCLA (March 1968 to Dec. 1970) also won 20 straight games.
• Purdue is 18-5 (.783) against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2021-22 season, easily the best record in America (Arizona; 14-7). • Since the 2020-21 season, Purdue is now 49-2 when shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field. Purdue shot 57.1 percent from the field, including 60.7 percent in the second half. Purdue went 15-of-21 (.714) inside the 3-point line in the second half. Purdue’s 57.1 field goal
percentage against Gonzaga was its highest in the NCAA Tournament since 1999.
• Braden Smith recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds. The 15 assists are the third
most in a game in school history and the 10th most by any player in the NCAA Tournament. It was tied for the most assists by a Big Ten player
ever in an NCAA Tournament game (Indiana’s Keith Smart; Ohio State’s Aaron Craft).
• Braden Smith joined Indiana’s Keith Smart (March 14, 1987) and Murray State’s Ja Morant (March 21, 2019) as the only players in NCAA
Tournament history with at least 14 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds.
• Braden Smith is the fourth player in NCAA history with at least 425 points, 270 assists and 200 rebounds in a season (UCLA’s Lonzo Ball,
BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, California’s Jason Kidd).
• Braden Smith moved into third place on the Big Ten’s single-season assists list with 271 (Cassius Winston – 291; Mateen Cleaves – 274). • Zach Edey scored 27 points with 14 rebounds and an assist. He has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in four straight NCAA Tournament
games, the second-longest stream in NCAA Tournament history (David Robinson – 5 games).
• In three NCAA Tournament games this season, Zach Edey has 80 points, 49 rebounds and six assists. Edey joins Wake Forest’s Len Chappell
(1960) and West Virginia’s Jerry West (1961) as the only players with at least 80 points, 45 rebounds and five assists in the first three
NCAA Tournament games.
• Zach Edey moved into third place on Purdue’s single-season points list with 886 points. He is now fifth on the Big Ten single-season points list. • Zach Edey now has 2,419 career points, needing 19 points to tie Indiana’s Steve Alford for fifth on the Big Ten career points list.
• Zach Edey tied Caleb Swanigan for second on Purdue’s single-season rebounds list with 436, needing two rebounds to tie the school
record he set last year (438).
• Zach Edey become the sixth player in NCAA history with at least 400 free throw attempts (402), and the first since Pete Maravich in 1970 (436). • Zach Edey become the 11th player in NCAA history with 875 points and 435 rebounds in a season – the first since Indiana State’s Larry Bird in 1979.
• Zach Edey became the fourth player in NCAA history with two seasons of at least 750 points and 425 rebounds (Elvin Hayes – 3; Rick
Barry – 2; Oscar Robertson – 2).
• Fletcher Loyer scored 10 points and is now 15-of-22 (.682) from 3-point range in the month of March.
• Purdue is now 29-of-67 (.433) from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament. Purdue is America's top 3-point shooting team at 41.0 percent.
Is this the biggest game in Tennessee basketball history up until this point? I think so, can't wait for 2:20 tomorrow!

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