March 18, 2009
The Tennessee Volunteers basketball team arrived in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday in preparation for Friday afternoon's first round NCAA Tournament game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Tipoff is set for 12:25 p.m. ET on CBS.
The Vols made the 300-mile trip via charter bus and are actually staying in Fairborn, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, just 10 miles from the University of Dayton Arena where the games will be played.
After practice in Knoxville, the Vols hit the hardwood tonight for a light workout on the campus of Wright State. Tennessee has an open practice session Thursday from noon to 12:40 at UD Arena. ETSU practices from 12:45-1:25 p.m., Oklahoma State from 1:30-2:10 p.m. and Pittsburgh from 2:15-2:55 p.m. Louisville, Ohio State, Morehead State and Siena will hold 40-minute practice sessions beginning at 4:25 p.m.
But before Thursday's practice, the Vols meet the media at the pre-tournament press conference. UT's student-athletes open their day at 11:20 a.m. at the press conference followed by Coach Bruce Pearl at 11:35 a.m.
The Vols have an optional pregame practice on Friday at 8 a.m., with doors opening to the public 1 ½ hours prior to tipoff of the first game.
Bobby Maze, J.P. Prince, Tyler Smith
Ken Johnson, Wayne Chism, Aaron Green
Tony Jones followed by Steven Pearl
Team charter Bus