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Hoops Central: #6 [2] Tennessee vs. #3 [1] Purdue

Hoops Central: #6 [2] Tennessee vs. #3 [1] Purdue

DETROIT – The sixth-ranked, No. 2 seed Tennessee men’s basketball is primed for action in the program’s second-ever Elite Eight contest, facing third-ranked and No. 1 seed Purdue Sunday in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET.

Fans can catch Sunday’s game between the Vols (27-8) and Boilermakers (32-4) on CBS. Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Evan Washburn (reporter) will have the call.

Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp describing the action.

Tennessee defeated No. 11-ranked, third-seeded Creighton, 82-75, Friday night to earn the second Elite Eight appearance in program history.

Fifth-year guard Dalton Knecht scored a game-high 26 points for the Volunteers. Junior guard Zakai Zeigler posted 18 points and six assists, connecting on 3-of-6 shot attempts from 3-point range. Fifth-year guard Josiah-Jordan James was the third Volunteer in double figures, recording 15 points and corralled four rebounds in the victory.

• 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.


• 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 exhbition road triumph at Michigan State.

• Purdue will be the sixth team UT has played multiple times in the NCAA Tournament, joining Iowa (2-0),…

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