2018 NCAA Tournament: Tennessee basketball time, TV channel, watch online, South Regional (March 17, 2018) 

DALLAS — Tennessee basketball applied lessons learned from the SEC Tournament to its first round matchup, and now a tougher test awaits on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

The No. 3-seed Vols dominated Wright State, 73-47, in their first postseason action in four   years on Thursday .

“How about that?!” a joyful Phillip Fulmer said on his way to the Tennessee locker room to congratulate players and basketball support staff.

RELATED: Watch Admiral Schofield’s hilarious locker room interview with teammates

The SEC co-champion Vols did indeed dispatch with the Horizon League champs, and now Missouri Valley Conference champ Loyola Chicago stands in the way.

“The biggest thing we learned is that we’ve got to come out and be more consistent with the way we start and finish games,” Tennessee junior Admiral Schofield said. “We put ourselves in great position to win games. It’s the little things, the one or two possessions, taking care of the ball, takig care of the scouting report, execution, pressure on defense, ball-screen coverage.”

Some wondered how the nation’s fifth-youngest team would respond to their first-ever postseason action, and first trip to the Big Dance.

SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams explained the Vols’ mindset.

It’s just like any tournament we’ve played in before, one game and you can be out,” Williams told SEC Country after Thursday’s game. “It’s really understanding that we have mini-tournaments every weekend coming up, and we have to keep our bodies sound and stay aggressive.”

Indeed, center Kyle Alexander said no one in the locker room is 100 percent this time of year, so treatment and rest is crucial.

RELATED: Watch Tennessee basketball center Kyle Alexander updates hip, foot injuries

Tennessee basketball: Game info, details

  • Time: Tipoff is at 6:10 p.m. ET, March 17, 2018
  • Location: America Airlines Center, Dallas
  • Records: Tennessee 26-8; Loyola Chicago 29-5

RELATED: Cinderella Loyola Chicago coming after Tennessee basketball, ‘We’re not done yet’

How can I watch the Tennessee basketball game?

The game can be watched on TNT

How can I live stream the Tennessee basketball game?

The game can be seen a variety of ways without cable through “Bundles.” Here are a couple of articles describing the different ways to watch Tennessee without cable: Cordcutting and watching TNT;

and CutCableTNTLivestream

How can I listen to the Tennessee basketball game?

The game will air on the  Vol Sports Network

Projected Vols starting lineup

  • Point guard: Sophomore Jordan Bone
  • Shooting guard: Sophomore Jordan Bowden
  • Small forward: Junior Admiral Schofield
  • Power forward: Sophomore Grant Williams
  • Post: Junior Kyle Alexander

3 things to know about Tennessee basketball

     Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, who coached at Texas for 17 years, is 5-0 in American Airlines Center and 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games played in the Lone Star State

     Tennessee’s 26 wins tie for the third-most in any prior season in the Vols’ basketball history.

     This will be Tennessee’s first-ever basketball game against Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers have tied their school record for victories (29), matching their 1963 national championship team.

What’s next for Tennessee basketball?

The Vols will advance to the Sweet 16 in the South Regional in Atlanta with a win over Loyola Chicago where they will face the winner of No. 2 seed Cincinnati and No. 7 seed Nevada.

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