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East Region: Tennessee-Louisiana Set for Late Night Tip-Off

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Tennessee will take on Louisiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Photo via Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) on Twitter.

Four-seed Tennessee and 13-seed Louisiana are set for a late tip-off on Thursday night in Orlando on the first full day of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee (23-10) and Louisiana (26-7) will square off at 9:40 p.m. ET on CBS. Kevin Harlan, Stan Van Gundy, and Dan Bonner will have the call with Tracy Wolfson on the sideline.

The Vols and the Ragin’ Cajuns will be the third-to-last game of the night on Thursday and the nightcap for the Orlando site.

Four-seed Virginia and 13-seed Furman will play the first game of the day from the Amway Center at 12:40 p.m. ET on TruTV, followed by five-seed San Diego State and 12-seed College of Charleston at 3:10 p.m. ET on TruTV.

Five-seed Duke will then take on 12-seed Oral Roberts in the third game of the day at 7:10 p.m. ET on CBS before Tennessee and Louisiana end the night at 9:40 p.m. ET.

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Lousiana reached the tournament with an impressive record and a Sun Belt Conference championship this past season.

This weekend will mark the 25th all-time appearance for the Tennessee Volunteers in the NCAA Tournament and the fifth for head coach Rick Barnes.

According to UT Sports, this will also mark Tennessee’s first March Madness game in the Sunshine State. The last Florida-based tournament that Tennessee participated in was the 2021-2022 SEC Basketball tournament, which resulted in a championship for the Volunteers.

Four-seed Tennessee will take on 13-seed Louisiana on Thursday night at 9:40 p.m. ET from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. CBS will have the television broadcast.

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  1. 5th seed Duke gets a 7:10 tip, and we go at 9:40, really? What, the midnight time slot wasn’t available?

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