The Official #6 [2] Tennessee vs. #3 [1] Purdue Game Thread, 2:20 PM ET, ESPN

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#6 [2] Tennessee Volunteers: 27-8 (14-4 SEC)

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#3 [1] Purdue Boilermakers: 32-4 (17-3 B1G)
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GAME 36 | TENNESSEE vs. PURDUE - Sunday, March 31, 2024 | 2:20 p.m. ET | Detroit, Mich. | Little Caesars Arena (20,332)


Line: UT +3.5
O/U: 147.5

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Purdue Game Notes


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THE MATCHUP

• This is the seventh meeting between Tennessee and Purdue, with the two sides splitting the first six. All seven have come in different locations and this is the fifth in a row at a neutral site.
• All three matchups between the Volunteers and Boilermakers in Rick Barnes' tenure have been decided by five or fewer points, with two going to overtime.
• The two sides met earlier this season in Honolulu, with Purdue winning, 71-67, on 11/21/23 behind a co-career-high 27 points from sophomore guard Fletcher Loyer. Tennessee held an early nine- point lead, 20-11, and it was tied at 64 with under 2:30 left.
• Purdue, in its ninth straight NCAA Tournament, is 32-4 (17-3 B1G) after winning its second Big Ten regular season title in a row.
• The Boilermakers are led by senior center Zach Edey, the two- time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, who ranks top-two in DI in PPG (24.6) and RPG (12.1 rpg).
• UT is 4-1 this year against the other Elite Eight teams, with its lone setback against Purdue.
 
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NEWS & NOTES

• UT went 2-1 in the regular season versus Big Ten teams. It notched a home win over the Big Ten tournament champion, Illinois, and a road victory over the runner-up, Wisconsin. The Vols also logged a preseason exhibition road triumph at Michigan State.
• Purdue will be the sixth team UT has played multiple times in the NCAA Tournament, joining Iowa (2-0), Louisiana (3-0), Louisville (0-2), Michigan (0-3) and Virginia (1-2). It will be the first team UT has met twice in the NCAA Tournament in Rick Barnes' tenure.
• The Volunteers are 9-5 in the NCAA Tournament under Rick Barnes, who owns the most such wins by a UT head coach.
• UT is 28-26 all-time in 26 NCAA Tournament trips, including 0-2 in fourth games, 0-1 in the Elite Eight, 8-3 as a No. 2 seed, 0-5 against No. 1 seeds and 1-0 in Michigan.
• Tennessee is in the Elite Eight for the second time (2010) and is seeking its first Final Four berth.
• The Volunteers are 15-4 in their last 19 games versus AP top-15 teams, dating back to 12/22/21.
• Of the 17 non-Vols who made an All-America team from at least one of the four primary outlets, UT has faced 10 of them. Zach Edey will be the third it plays twice, joining Kentucky's Antonio Reeves and Alabama's Mark Sears.
• Tennessee won the SEC regular season crown for the 11th time, notching its sixth outright title.
• UT has 27 victories for the third time in the last six years (2018- 24) under Rick Barnes; it hit that tally twice before his 2015 arrival. UT has 170 wins in the last seven seasons (2017-24), co-eighth in DI, including fifth among teams at the Power Six level that full time.
• Dalton Knecht, one of four Naismith Trophy finalists, has 743 points this season, second-most in a campaign in UT history and seventh-most in DI in 2023-24.
• Santiago Vescovi snapped a 52-game starting streak in the Sweet 16 win over #11 Creighton, as he had the flu. It marked the first time in 2023-24 a UT starter missed a game and ended a 28- game stretch with UT having the same starting lineup each time.
 
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VARIETY OF VICTORIES

• The Volunteers have 27 wins thus far, their fifth time ever hitting that mark. Three of those campaigns have come in the last six years under Rick Barnes.
• Tennessee had 24 regular season triumphs, tying the 1999-2000 season for the third-most in program history. It won 28 in 2007-08 and 27 in 2018-19. Two of UT's top four marks all-time are under Barnes.
• The Vols finished with eight true road wins this season, matching 2017-18 and 1999-2000 for the program's second-highest total ever. Only the 2007- 08 team logged more, totaling nine.
• UT's 14 SEC victories put them in a five-way tie for their fourth-most ever. It claimed 16 such decisions in 1976-77, as well as 15 in both 2018-19 and 1966-67.
 
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TOP-TIER TRIUMPHS

• Tennessee is 22-21 (.512) against top-15 teams in Rick Barnes' tenure, including 15-4 (.789) in its last 19 such games. It is 13-12 (.520) versus top-10 foes, 9-7 (.562) against top-five opponents and 4-4 (.500) versus top-three teams.
• Under Barnes, the Volunteers are 11-4 (.733) at Food City Center when facing top-15 teams, including a 7-1 (.875) mark with six straight wins against top-10 foes. In addition, UT is a perfect 5-0 versus top-five teams in Knoxville with Barnes at the helm.
• The Vols won 12 straight home games against AP top-25 foes from 1/30/21 to 2/28/24. That is an SEC record, per CBS Sports, and is the longest in DI since Kansas had 17 straight from 1/11/14 to 2/13/17. Nine of those victories were versus top-15 foes, with five against the top 10 and three over top-five teams.
 
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VARIETY OF VICTORIES

The Volunteers have 27 wins thus far, their fifth time ever hitting that mark. Three of those campaigns have come in the last six years under Rick Barnes.
• Tennessee had 24 regular season triumphs, tying the 1999-2000 season for the third-most in program history. It won 28 in 2007-08 and 27 in 2018-19. Two of UT's top four marks all-time are under Barnes.
• The Vols finished with eight true road wins this season, matching 2017-18 and 1999-2000 for the program's second-highest total ever. Only the 2007- 08 team logged more, totaling nine.
• UT's 14 SEC victories put them in a five-way tie for their fourth-most ever. It claimed 16 such decisions in 1976-77, as well as 15 in both 2018-19 and 1966-67.

Currently the 0.771 WP in 2023-24 is 19th best in 115 seasons. Let’s win out and bump it up to 10th place.
 
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just show the boys THIS before the game...complements of the Football Forum...

 
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You are playing with house money in this one. As long as they aren't shooting 50 free throws again I think we have a good shot. Aidoo has to step up.
 

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