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NCAA CENTRAL: Tennessee vs. Michigan

Nov. 27, 2012


TENNESSEE (22-7) vs. MICHIGAN (23-11)
Nov. 29, 2012   |   5:00 p.m. ET
KFC Yum! Center   |   Louisville, Ky.

2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND - MICHIGAN
  • Thursday night's NCAA First Round matchup against Michigan will be broadcast online for free via CBS Sports' ULive player. Free live stats via GameTracker will also be available and the free live blog will at the top of this page on matchday.
  • The winner of Thursday's match will take on the winner of Belmont vs. 10th-seeded and host Louisville on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Belmont (18-16) captured the Ohio Valley Conference tournament crown in its first season in the league by winning three-straight matches at the event to earn the automatic bid. The Cardinals (29-3) were the BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions and were seeded 10th in the NCAA Tournament.
  • In addition to the opening rounds, the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Final Four and National Championship will be played at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center. The facility, which opened in 2010, is hosting the event for the first time.
  • Tennessee won 13 of its last 15 matches to conclude the 2012 regular season, finishing with a 22-7 overall record and in third place in the SEC with a 15-5 league mark.
  • This season marks a program-record fifth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and the 14th trip in program history. The Big Orange has qualified for the 64-team field in eight of the past nine seasons.
  • UT is 13-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and enters the 2012 edition having been knocked out in the Second Round each of the past three seasons.
  • In opening round matches, the Lady Vols are 9-4 in their 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and have won three straight First Round matches. UT is 1-1 in neutral-site first round matches.
  • Tennessee made back to back Sweet 16 appearances in 2004 and 2005. UT went on to reach the program's only Final Four during the 2005 season and made its first NCAA appearance in 1981.
  • The Orange and White is 13-3 away from Thompson-Boling Arena this season, including a 3-1 mark in neutral-site matches.
  • The Big Orange has not fared so well against the Big Ten, going 5-13 during the rally scoring era and having lost eight in a row. A Big Ten team has knocked UT out of the NCAA Championship five times in 13 appearances, including the past three seasons. UT has knocked out three Big Ten teams.
  • Against Michigan, the Lady Vols are 1-3 in the all-time series and 1-1 in a neutral site. The Wolverines have won three straight against the Lady Vols. U-M won the last meeting - a 3-1 decision at a tournament at Xavier on Sept. 4, 2009.
  • Since taking over the program in 1997, head coach Rob Patrick is 9-8 in NCAA Tournament matches and is making his ninth appearance in 2012.

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES

  • The Michigan Wolverines finished in sixth place in the Big Ten Conference and concluded the regular season with a 23-11 overall record and an 11-9 mark in conference play.
  • Big Blue is receiving votes in the most recent AVCA Top 25 and currently sits at No. 31 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.
  • Michigan enters tournament play having won seven of its last nine matches, which includes victories over then-No. 4 Nebraska, then-No. 10 Minnesota and No. 14 Ohio State.
  • U-M is making its seventh straight and 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines made their first visit in 1997 and went to the Elite Eight in 2009. Last season, U-M reached the Sweet 16.
  • In 2012, the Maize and Blue are 11-7 in matches away from home and posted a 5-5 record against ranked opponents.
  • Michigan is 1-1 against SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament, including a straight-set loss to Florida last season in the Sweet 16.
  • Offensively, the Wolverines are hitting .247 as a team - a mark that ranked seventh in the talented Big Ten Conference and 44th in the nation. The Big Ten and Pac-12 each sent seven teams to this season's tournament, the most of any conference.
  • U-M finished the regular season ranked fifth in the conference in assists per set (12.86) and 59th in the country in the category. The Wolverines rank 60th in the nation with 13.77 kills per frame.
  • Defensively, the Wolverines average 14.81 digs per set - a mark that sits fifth in the Big Ten and 186th in the nation. Their 2.22 blocks per set ranks 111th in the country.
  • Michigan recently had juniors Jennifer Cross and Lexi Erwin tabbed to the All-Big Ten Team. Cross - a middle blocker - is second in the conference with 1.28 blocks per set. That mark ranks 41st in the nation. She's also hitting .321 on the campaign.
  • Erwin - an outside hitter - leads the Wolverines and is eighth in the Big Ten in both points (4.55) and kills (4.02) per set. Those marks rank 58th and 59th in the country, respectively.
  • U-M also had freshman libero Tiffany Morales tabbed to the Big Ten All-Freshman squad. Morales leads U-M and is seventh in the league with 3.79 digs per set.
  • The Wolverines' setter is sophomore Lexi Dannemiller. The West Chester, Ohio, native has 1,362 assists on the season and her 11.16 helpers per set average is good for 32nd in the country.
  • Michigan head coach Mark Rosen is in his 14th year at the helm of the Wolverines and enters the tournament with a 284-176 overall record at U-M. Rosen has now led U-M to 12 NCAA berths and is 13-11 at the tournament.

MATCH NOTES

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