On Tuesday, the Tennessee women's basketball team will face Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (TV: ESPN2, 5 p.m. ET). The Lady Vols (17-7) defeated MTSU 87-62 in the opening round on Sunday. Tennessee is making its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and is looking to become just the fifth school to advance to the Sweet 16 in three consecutive seasons. The last team to do so was Florida State from 1995-98.
Here are four things to know about the No. 13 seed Lady Vols vs. the No. 6 seed Wolverines:
1. They've met before... and it wasn't pretty for Tennessee! On March 2, 2013, in Knoxville, Tennessee lost to Michigan 79-54. Chelsea Dungee led the way with 20 points for the Lady Vols while Jordan Lewis added 19 points off the bench. That was the only meeting between these two teams during the regular season.
2. Tennessee is 1-1 against Michigan this year... and both games have been close! Both of Tennessee's victories over Michigan this year have been by six points or less. In their first game on January 11, Tennessee held a 42-40 lead with 4:43 left in regulation but Michigan came back to take a 48-42 advantage into the half.
NCAA Division I, Southeastern Conference The University of Tennessee's athletic teams are known as the Vols and Lady Vols, both of which are abbreviations for Volunteers. The teams participate in the NCAA DivisionI Southeastern Conference, and football season is very popular at the institution. There are three other varsity sports at UT: men's basketball, women's basketball, and golf.
The University of Tennessee was founded in 1879 by President Andrew Johnson to provide an education worthy of a military officer's daughter. A state university, it is located near Knoxville in eastern Tennessee. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
In 1964, UT joined other Southern schools in leaving the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to form its own conference, the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Vols have won more than 100 games each year since they began competing in SEC games, and many consider them to be among the best college football programs in the country. In addition to football, the University of Tennessee also sponsors men's and women's basketball teams.
Tennessee has produced several notable athletes throughout its history. Among them are NFL players Peyton Manning, Jamal Lewis, and Chris Johnson; baseball players John Smoltz and Gregg Olson; and basketball players Ralph Sampson and Darrell Griffith. The most recent football player to be drafted into the NFL is UT quarterback Tyler Bray in the first round of the 2011 draft.
Tennessee defeated Florida 65-54 to win the No. 4 seed in the SEC tournament.
The Tennessee women's basketball team won the 2007 and 2008 National Championships, giving Pat Summit her eighth NCAA national title, the most in collegiate basketball at the time. In women's basketball, Tennessee has won 147 regular-season SEC titles and 23 national championships.
The Associated Press ranked the Volunteers 10th in the preseason poll. After beating Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl, the first BCS National Championship Game, the Vols claimed their second indisputable national title and sixth overall.