NCAA Tournament 2011: Michigan vs. Tennessee Open Thread

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Tip off is set for 12:40 p.m. on TruTV (or streaming at NCAA.com). No more previews and hype, the lights are on and its time to play. Join our in-game discussion thread in the comments before, during, and after the game.

Pregame Content:

Video: Michigan Pre-NCAA Press Conference

Pick to Click: Michigan vs. Tennessee

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To The Point: The Day Before

A couple features from open practice at Time Warner Cable Arena this afternoon. First off, we have Clark Kellogg discussing the match-up and what Michigan needs to do earn a victory.

After the jump we have some awesome photos from the open practice and a bonus video of Zack Novak reciting pi to an extraordinary number of digits.
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Transcript: Michigan Pre-NCAA Press Conference

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Photo: Michigan Basketball on Twitter

John Beilein, Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Darius Morris and Stu Douglass all participated in Michigan’s pregame news conference today in Charlotte. We don’t have video but here’s the full transcript. A wide range of topics were discussed, everything from Tennessee to Jalen Rose. Everything after the jump to preserve front page space.

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NCAA Tournament 2011: Michigan vs. Tennessee Preview

Basics
Who: Tennessee (19-14) vs. Michigan (20-13) logo-rugs-tennessee-unive3070
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
When: 12:40 PM ET, Friday, March 18th
TV: TruTV / Streaming /
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA 1050 AM
More NCAA Tournament Coverage

Naturally, we’ve already covered this one quite a bit with some first impressions, a more detailed individual scouting, some quotes from the Tennessee side of things, and pregame videos. Luckily this game is of a large enough magnitude that we have room for our game preview as well.

The drastic differences between Bruce Pearl and John Beilein are likely to be emphasized even more than first expected. Rumors about Pearl’s future in Tennessee began to swirl on Wednesday afternoon and it appears that the head coach’s days are numbered. It’s almost impossible to project how that effects the game at hand — the entire pregame news conference revolved around Pearl’s status. Does Tennessee rally behind their belittled leader or do they roll over and call it quits. At the end of the day, there’s more to the game than the team’s emotional well being.

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