No. 4 seed Tennessee (23-10, 11-7 SEC) will play No. 13 seed Louisiana (26-7, 13-5 Sun Belt) at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday.
Tipoff is slated for 9:40 p.m. EDT and will be televised by CBS.
The winner of the Tennessee-Louisiana contest will advance to play the winner between No. 5 Duke and No. 12 Oral Roberts.
Louisiana won the Sun Belt Conference championship this season. Tennessee enters NCAA Tournament play after being eliminated by Missouri in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
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Ahead of the Tennessee-Louisiana first-round matchup, Vols Wire looks at pregame social media buzz. Pregame social media buzz is listed below.
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— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 16, 2023
Louisiana coach Bob Marlin said he voted Santiago Vescovi second-team All-American last week.
Lofty praise for Vescovi before the Vols and Ragin’ Cajuns face off. https://t.co/0OV61i2zxq
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) March 15, 2023
Calling Vol Nation! Join us on March 16th to send off our Vols in Big Orange style🎉#GoVols
⏰No later than 8:00 PM
📍Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando https://t.co/E5bRCT109J
— UT Knoxville Alumni (@tennalum) March 15, 2023
The NCAA men’s tournament will crown a champion in Houston. A rundown of the schedule for all 67 games on the road to deciding who cuts down the nets. https://t.co/a0maZZtuxc
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) March 16, 2023
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— Vols Wire (@VolsWire) March 16, 2023
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