Who: Wright State (25-9) vs. Tennessee (25-9)
When: 12:40 p.m. Thursday
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Probable Wright State starters
Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.3
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9
Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.9
Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.2
Probable Tennessee starters
Jordan Bowden, 6-5, S0., G, 9.3
Jordan Bone, 6-3, So., G, 7.3
Grant Williams, 6-7, So., F, 15.3
Admiral Schofield, 6-5, Jr., F, 13.8
Kyle Alexander, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.6
Series history: First meeting
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 46-20 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 455-260. Rick Barnes is 57-42 in his third season at Tennessee. He is 660-357 in 31 seasons overall.
Last games: Wright State beat Cleveland State 74-57 in the Horizon League championship game. Tennessee fell 77-72 to Kentucky in the SEC championship game.
About Wright State: The Raiders have won four in a row to the reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. … WSU is a 13.5-point underdog. … The Raiders are averaging 77 points in their last four games. … Senior guard Grant Benzinger will play his 132nd game for WSU and move into a tie for second with Reggie Arceneaux on the school’s all-time list, one behind AJ Pacher. … The Raiders are trying to become the first Horizon League team to win an NCAA tournament game since Butler went to the Final Four in 2011. … WSU has only been outrebounded once in its last 13 games. … The Raiders are 18-0 when leading at halftime and 25-0 when leading with five minutes to go. … KenPom.com gives WSU a 12 percent chance of winning while predicting a Tennessee victory by the score of 71-59. The Raiders are 134th in the Pomeroy ratings.
About Tennessee: The Volunteers have won six of seven and are in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014 when they went 3-1 in advancing to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national runner-up Michigan. … Tennessee is 19-21 all-time in the NCAA tournament and has made five Sweet 16 appearances since 2000. … The Volunteers are 12-6 in away/neutral games this season, including a 77-72 loss to Kentucky in the SEC championship game. … Tennessee is the fifth youngest Division I team this season. … The Volunteers are 11th in the KenPom.com ratings, and the site ranks them fourth in defensive efficiency. … Barnes is the SEC Coach of the Year, Williams is the SEC Player of the Year, and sophomore guard Lamonte Turner is the Co-Sixth Man of the Year. … Barnes is the 13th head coach to lead four different programs (Providence, Clemson, Texas) to the NCAA tournament and just one of seven who are active.
Next game: The winner advances to Saturday’s second round against the victor of the game between No. 6 Miami, Fla. and No. 11 Loyola-Chicago.
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