The Tennessee Vols play Michigan at 12:40 Friday in Charlotte.

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Brian Williams
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Game times are set for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, and the Tennessee Vols play Michigan at 12:40 Friday in Charlotte.

The Vols are the ninth seed in the West Region and will play eight seeded Michigan.  The winner plays on Sunday against the winner of the Duke-Hampton game.

Here's more on the game from the University of Tennessee:

Game 34 - NCAA Tournament Second Round
9 Tennessee vs. Michigan 8
12:40 p.m. ET • Friday, March 18, 2011
Time Warner Cable Arena • Charlotte, N.C.

TV: The game will be televised nationally on TruTV. Jim Nantz calls the action, while Clark Kellogg provides analysis. The game also will be streamed live on "March Madness On Demand" on NCAA.com.
Radio: The game will air on the Vol Radio Network (50-plus stations covering 28 states). Bob Kesling is in his 12th year calling the play-by-play. Former Vol Bert Bertelkamp (1977-80) joins him courtside to provide color commentary. Tim Berry is the engineer, and Glenn Thackston is the producer. A free live audio stream of the broadcast is available on UTsports.com.
Tickets: Should any tickets become available for sale, they can be purchased starting Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. ET by visiting UTtix.com or calling 800-332-VOLS (8657) or 865-656-1200.
Tennessee Team Hotel: The Omni Charlotte, 122 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202. Phone: 704-377-0400. Fax: 704-347-0649. The team checks in Wednesday afternoon.

Quick Notes
• Tennessee is making its school-record sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That is the longest active streak of NCAA berths among Southeastern Conference teams and the ninth longest streak in NCAA Division I. This is Bruce Pearl's seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
• In five previous NCAA Tournament appearances under sixth-year head coach Bruce Pearl, the Vols own an 8-5 record with three trips to the Sweet Sixteen and an Elite Eight appearance last season.
• Tennessee owns a 5-4 all-time record vs. Michigan, a 7-7 mark against Duke and has never faced Hampton. The Vols have never played the Wolverines or the Blue Devils during the Pearl era.
• UT is one of just six Division I programs-along with Kansas, Memphis, Michigan State, North Carolina and Xavier-to advance to at least the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in three of the last four seasons.
• The Vols played 18 games against teams comprising the field of 68, going 9-9 in those contests.
• UT owns an 0-2 record at Time Warner Cable Arena, including a 49-48 loss to Charlotte on Dec. 17.
• Under Pearl, the Vols have never failed to reach the 20-win mark or make the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee Trends
• Tennessee's average home attendance this season was 18,952, marking the sixth straight season that UT has finished in the top five nationally (all six years of the Pearl era).
• UT's 19 all-time NCAA berths are fourth-most among SEC teams, trailing Kentucky (51), Arkansas (29) and LSU (20).
• Tennessee is 4-1 at neutral sites this season.
• UT is 76-7 (.916) when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
• Under Pearl, the Vols are 135-14 (.906) when leading or tied with 5:00 remaining in the game.
• UT is 65-6 (.915) during the Pearl era when it holds opponents to 40 percent shooting or worse.
• The Vols have outscored their opponents in the paint 27 times in 33 games this season.
• The Vols' bench outscored the opponents' bench in 12 of 16 SEC games this season.
• Junior guard Scotty Hopson ranks 24th on UT's career scoring list with 1,301 points.
• Hopson was the third-leading scorer in SEC play this season, averaging 19.3 ppg.
• Freshman All-America candidate Tobias Harris has scored in double figures in 30 of 33 games and has eight double-doubles.

Tennessee In The NCAA Tournament
The Vols are making their 19th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... This is the program's record sixth straight NCAA berth and its 10th in the last 14 years ... Tennessee has a 16-19 all-time record in the "Big Dance" ... The Vols are 10-7 in first-round games, 5-5 in second-round games, 1-5 in regional semifinals, 0-1 in regional finals and 0-1 in the now-defunct regional consolation round.

UT Earns Third No. 9 Seed In School History
This is Tennessee's third all-time NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed, and the second under coach Bruce Pearl ... UT defeated No. 8 seed SW Louisiana 61-57 in Indianapolis in 1982 before falling to No. 1 seed Virginia 54-51 ... And in the 2009 tournament, the Vols fell to No. 8 seed Oklahoma State in Dayton, 77-75 ... After Pearl led the Vols to seedings of No. 2, No. 5, No. 2, No. 9 and No. 6 in the previous five years, respectively, the Vols under Pearl's direction have averaged a 5.5 in terms of tournament seeding.

Volunteers Boast The SEC's Longest
Active Streak Of NCAA?Tournament Bids
The Vols have the longest active NCAA Tournament streak in the SEC, earning their school-record sixth consecutive bid under coach Bruce Pearl ... Tennessee appeared in five consecutive NCAA Tournaments under head coach Don DeVoe from 1979-83.

Vols' NCAA Streak Tied For Ninth Nationally
Tennessee's streak of six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the tied as the ninth-longest active streak in Division I ... Here are the top active streaks: Kansas (22), Duke (16), Michigan State (14), Gonzaga (13), Texas (13), Wisconsin (13), Pitt (10), Villanova (7), Tennessee (6), Xavier (6).

Bruce Pearl In The NCAA Tournament
Bruce Pearl has now led his team to the NCAA Tournament 17 times in 19 years as a head coach ... Pearl owns a 26-15 career record in the NCAA Tournament ... He led Southern Indiana to a 16-8 NCAA Tournament record that included an NCAA Division II national championship in 1995 and a runner-up finish in 1994 ... He has a 9-7 record in NCAA Division I Tournaments ... Pearl has led his team to the round of 16 in four of the last six years and three of the last four ... In 2005, he directed UW-Milwaukee to the Sweet Sixteen and repeated the feat in 2007, 2008 and 2010 with Tennessee ... Exactly half (8 of 16) of Tennessee's all-time NCAA Tournament victories have come during the Pearl era.

Tennessee Seeks Sixth Straight 20-Win Season
Bruce Pearl's Volunteers need one more victory to reach  the 20-win mark for the sixth time in his six-year tenure on Rocky Top ... Tennessee has 23 all-time 20-win seasons to date ... Now in his 19th season as a college head coach, Pearl has led his team to at least 20 wins 17 times ... That's darn good.

Historical Examination Of The 8-9 Game
The 8-9 matchup began in 1979, and the No. 8 seeds hold a 66-62 all-time advantage (.616) ... At least one No. 9 seed has upset a No. 8 seed every year since 2002, including an SEC team upsetting a Big Ten team in 2008 (Arkansas defeated Indiana 86-72 in Raleigh, N.C.).

The Vols In The Queen City
This is Tennessee's fifth trip to Charlotte, N.C., for NCAA Tournament play ... The Vols are 2-3 with previous NCAA appearances in 1976 (0-1), 1981 (1-0), 1999 (1-1) and 2008 (0-1) ... The 2008 game was a 79-60 Sweet Sixteen loss to Louisville at Time Warner Cable Arena ... UT's only other game in Time Warner Cable Arena was a 49-48 regular-season loss to Charlotte earlier this season on Dec. 17.

Vols Roster Has Plenty Of NCAA Experience
Tennessee's roster features nine student-athletes who combine to boast 39 games of NCAA Tournament experience.

Tennessee                                                                           at a Glance                                                                             Michigan
19-14, 8-8 SEC................................................ Record........................................ 20-13, 9-9 Big Ten
NR................................................................ Ranking............................................................... .NR
Bruce Pearl (Boston College, 1982)............ Head Coach......... John Beilein (Wheeling Jesuit, 1975)
145-60 (6th year)................................... Record at School.................................... 66-66 (4th year)
462-144 (19th year)............................ Overall NCAA Record.......................... 522-335 (28th year)
UTsports.com.............................................. Web Site............................................. MGoBlue.com
UT leads, 5-4.................................................. Series

                                                            Probable Starters
Tennessee                                      Ht.     Wt.       Yr.     Hometown              PPG     RPG    APG
G      2     Melvin Goins              5-11    180       Sr.     San Diego, Calif.     8.1       3.1      2.8
G    32     Scotty Hopson              6-7     200       Jr.     Hopkinsville, Ky.   17.4       3.4      1.3
G    24     Josh Bone                     6-3     197       Sr.     Nashville, Tenn.      3.3       1.9      0.7
F     12     Tobias Harris               6-8     226       Fr.     Dix Hills, N.Y.         15.2       7.3      1.3
C     25     John Fields                  6-9     222       Sr.     Fayetteville, N.C.     2.6       3.0      0.2

Michigan                                        Ht.     Wt.       Yr.     Hometown               PPG     RPG    APG
G      4     Darius Morris              6-4     190      So.     Los Angeles, Calif. 15.2       3.9      6.7
G      1     Stu Douglass               6-3     190       Jr.     Carmel, Ind.             7.2       3.0      1.5
G    10     Tim Hardaway Jr.         6-5     185       Fr.     Miami, Fla.             13.9       3.8      1.6
G    00     Zack Novak                   6-4     210       Jr.     Chesterton, Ind.      8.7       5.7      1.6
F     52     Jordan Morgan            6-8     240    RS-Fr.  Detroit, Mich.           9.2       5.5      0.5

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