Tennessee gets a 9 seed, will play Michigan with Duke on the horizon

Update:  Tennessee and Michigan will play at 12:40 PM EDT on Friday on TruTV

The Vols are in, and find themselves in the 8/9 matchup most people believed such a roller coaster team deserved.  But for a team that tends to play better against big-name competition, you have to like a draw that sends the Vols to nearby Charlotte where they'll see Michigan in round one, and will almost certainly see Duke if they win.

We'll have full analysis on the Wolverines soon - it'll be the 19-14 Vols against the 19-13 Wolverines, fitting for an 8/9 game.  Michigan has a pair of wins against both Michigan State and Penn State, and they've certainly been through it:  they played Kansas and Syracuse in the non-conference, and have three competitive losses to Ohio State on their resume.  The lone common opponent is Oakland...and the Wolverines handled their business in that one.

It's a team led by young guards - sophomore Darius Morris, and freshman Tim Hardaway Jr., whose father you may remember.  And you can expect the slower pace we saw in the regular season, not the SEC Tournament:  Michigan averages 66 points per game, which is exactly what the Vols got in conference play.

Much, much more to come between now and Friday.  We're in...and it won't be hard to get up for this one.

Go Vols.

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