The Official #2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate NCAA Tournament Game Thread, 2:45 PM ET, CBS

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MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - SOUTH REGION - 1ST ROUND

#8 Tennessee Volunteers: 29-5 (15-3 SEC)



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#15 Colgate Raiders: 24-10 (13-5 Patriot)




GAME 35 | NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND - March 22, 2019 | ~2:45 p.m. ET | Nationwide Arena (20,000)


Line: UT -17.5
O/U: 148

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FRIDAY'S MATCHUP

Colgate University is a private liberal arts college in Hamilton, New York. Enrollment is 2,982. The Raiders are members of the Patriot League.

Tennessee trails its all-time series with Colgate, 0-2, with losses in 1955 and 1960.

Colgate is riding the nation's sixth-longest active win streak—11 games.

The Vols and Raiders have no common opponents this season.
 
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STORYLINES

This year's Vols have posted three wins over teams ranked in the AP top five. That ties the 1976-77 squad for UT's most wins over top-five opponents in a single season.

Two of Tennessee's four losses this season have come in overtime, and all five were away from home against opponents that are seeded No. 5 or better.

Each of Tennessee's last seven games have come against NCAA Tournament teams, and the Vols are 5-2 during that stretch. That includes two wins over top-five-ranked rival Kentucky.

For the first time in program history, Tennessee has spent the entire season ranked in the top 10 of the AP Top 25.

The Vols will finish this season with no more than six losses.

Tennessee's final average home attendance of 19,034 ranks fourth nationally.

Tennessee is 55-14 (.797) since the start of last season.

Rick Barnes is no stranger to Columbus. He was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes under Gary Williams during the 1986-87 season.
 
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SUNDAY SCENARIOS

Tennessee 2-2 all-time against Iowa. The most recent meeting came at the 2014 First Four in Dayton, with the Vols rallying from a 12-point deficit to defeat the Hawkeyes, 78-65 in overtime. That kickstarted a run to the Sweet Sixteen.

Rick Barnes owns a 3-1 career record vs. Iowa.

Tennessee trails its all-time series with Cincinnati, 1-5. The programs on Dec. 11 announced a home-and-home series that is set to start next season at UC's Fifth Third Arena.

Barnes' only previous meeting with Cincinnati came in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, with the Bearcats beating Barnes' Texas squad, 65-59 in the first round.

Tennessee owns a 6-8 record in NCAA Tournament second-round games. Last March, the Vols suffered a last-second loss to Loyola-Chicago in the second round in Dallas.

Barnes is 8-6 in the second round.
 
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ABOUT COLGATE

After missing out on the Big Dance last year, Colgate won the 2019 Patriot League Tournament, defending its regular-season title and punching its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Colgate is rated 132nd in the NET rankings.

The Raiders' (24-10) magical run began with a double-digit victory over then-first place Lehigh on national television Feb. 4. That was the start of a program-record 11 straight wins en route to the Raiders' first title in 23 years.

Colgate vaulted into first place in the final week of the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage in the Patriot League Tournament. Colgate went 3-0 in the league tournament, culminating with a 94-80 victory over the two-time defending league champion Bison.

Head coach Matt Langel repeated as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second season in a row after leading the Raiders to school records in wins (24), league wins (13) and home wins (15) and a pair of Patriot League titles. Winners of 11 in a row entering the NCAA Tournament, Colgate currently owns the sixth-longest win streak in the nation.

Rapolas Ivanauskas was the Patriot League Player of the Year, averaging 16.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the Raiders.

Second-team All-League honoree Jordan Burns leads Colgate in assists (5.8 apg) while ranking second on the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) and steals (1.2 spg).

Will Rayman became the 34th Raider in program history to score 1,000 points in Colgate's win over Nazareth on his way to averaging 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game during the regular season and earning second-team All-League recognition. The junior forward was also named to the All-Defensive Team.

As the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year, Tucker Richardson stepped up his play during the conference slate, averaging 8.8 points, 4.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

As a team, Colgate's biggest strength is its ability to shoot the three. For the season, the Raiders have knocked down 305 treys while shooting a 39-percent clip. They have five different players who have hit at least 40 threes this year and four who have hit 50.

According to the NET rankings, Colgate's best wins were against Bucknell, which is 152 in the rankings. The Raiders had three matchups with Power Five teams but lost each by double digits (Syracuse, 77-56, Penn State, 76-65, and Pittsburgh, 68-54).
 
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TENNESSEE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Vols are making their 22nd all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Orange own a 20-22 (.476) NCAA Tournament record.

The Vols are 1-0 in the "First Four," 12-6 in first-round games, 6-8 in second-round games, 1-0 in third-round action, 1-6 in regional semifinals, 0-1 in regional finals and 0-1 in the now-defunct regional consolation round.

This is the program's third NCAA berth in the last eight years and its second under fourth-year head coach Rick Barnes.

Tennessee's 22 NCAA Tournament berths tie LSU for third-most among SEC teams.

In the last dozen years (2009-2018), among SEC programs, only Kentucky (28) and Florida (17) have won more NCAA Tournament games than Tennessee (9).
 
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FRIDAY'S MATCHUP

Colgate University is a private liberal arts college in Hamilton, New York. Enrollment is 2,982. The Raiders are members of the Patriot League.

Tennessee trails its all-time series with Colgate, 0-2, with losses in 1955 and 1960.

Colgate is riding the nation's sixth-longest active win streak—11 games.

The Vols and Raiders have no common opponents this season.

Marked this game on the calendar back in 55!
 
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Good morning Volunteers! Am looking for to this afternoon, I plan on brushing my teeth and spitting the paste out at a high velocity this morning....... hoping our men do the same with the Colgate they face today as well.

Go Big Orange!
I use Colgate,too. NOW let's have the VOLS AB-use that other Colgate. Paste ' em!
 

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