How to watch Texas basketball vs. Tennessee: Odds, matchups, injuries and more in March Madness

The next postseason test for Texas basketball is on March 23 in the Round of 32 against the two-seed Tennessee.
Rodney Terry, Texas basketball
Rodney Terry, Texas basketball / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Awaiting seven-seed Texas basketball (21-12, 9-9 Big 12) and head coach Rodney Terry in the Round of 32 in March Madness in the Midwest Region is the two-seed Tennessee Volunteers (25-8, 14-4 SEC). Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes and the Vols will duke it out with UT for a ticket to advance to the Sweet 16.

Texas advanced to the Round of 32 with a gritty double-digit win in the Round of 64 over the 10-seed Colorado State Rams on March 21 by a score of 56-44. While both the Longhorns and Rams were sloppy on the offensive end in that game, Texas showed out on defense and persevered to advance to the Round of 32 for the third year in a row.

Tennessee had a thoroughly dominant win in the Round of 64 to advance to the second round. The Vols topped the 15-seed Saint Peter's 83-49 in one of the most lopsided games in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament so far.

Texas-Tennessee is one of the most anticipated games of the Round of 32, especially in the Midwest Region. Terry gets to face his former boss and ex-Texas head coach Barnes.

This will be the first time that Barnes has faced his former team in the postseason.

Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as the seven-seed Texas faces 2-seed Tennessee in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC, on March 23.

How to watch Texas basketball vs. Tennessee in March Madness


Live Stream: March Madness Live

Radio/Audio StreamLonghorn Radio Network

Game time: 7 p.m. CT

Live stats: Sidearm Stats

Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson, and Allie LaForce will call the action live on CBS between Texas and Tennessee in the Round of 32 on March 23.

Craig Way and Eddie Oran will call the game on the radio broadcast on Longhorn Radio Network.

Texas is 4-4 in the all-time series against Tennessee. The last time these teams met was last season in Knoxville, which resulted in an 82-71 win for the Vols.

Texas basketball projected starting lineup vs. Tennessee

  • G: Tyrese Hunter, Junior (11.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.2 APG)
  • G: Max Abmas, Senior (17.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.2 APG)
  • G: Ithiel Horton, Senior (6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG)
  • F: Dillon Mitchell, Sophomore (9.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.5 APG)
  • C: Dylan Disu, Senior (15.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.5 APG)

Tennessee projected starting lineup vs. Texas

  • G: Zakai Zeigler, Junior (11.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.0 APG)
  • G: Santiago Vescovi, Senior (6.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.5 APG)
  • G: Dalton Knecht, Senior (21.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.8 APG)
  • F: Josiah-Jordan James, Senior (8.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG)
  • C: Jonas Aidoo, Junior (12.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.9 APG)

Texas basketball injury report vs. Tennessee

Senior forward Brock Cunningham has dealt with a broken thumb that he's played through for the last few games. Cunningham played his regular minutes off the bench for the Longhorns in the Round of 64 win over Colorado State on March 21.

Betting odds for Texas basketball vs. Tennessee in March Madness

Texas is a 6.5-point underdog against Tennessee on March 23, and the Vols are favored in the money line (-280) over the Longhorns (+225), per FanDuel. The over/under is 146.5 points.

Tennessee is the No. 7 ranked team in adjusted efficiency in Division I, per KenPom. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 25th in the nation in adjusted efficiency.

KenPom gives Texas a 32 percent chance of beating Tennessee and projects the final score of this game to be 75-70 in favor of the Vols.

The SEC regular season champion Tennessee is a difficult matchup for the Longhorns in multiple ways. First, the Vols are one of the best defensive and rebounding teams in the SEC. Tennessee ranks 12th in the nation in defensive rating and 55th in rebounding percentage.

The Vols play great off-ball defense and contest every shot whether it's coming from beyond the arc or in the paint. And they have the big 6-foot-11 and 230-pound Jonas Aidoo roaming the paint for rebounds.

Offensively, this will be a battle between star wing Dalton Knecht for the Vols and the senior duo of guard Max Abmas and big man Dylan Disu for the Longhorns. Knecht has been one of the best scorers in the major conferences this season, averaging well over 20 points per game.

Knecht can beat you from multiple levels on the offensive end of the floor. He's a 40 percent three-point shooter on the season. Knecht also has the driving ability and length to get to the rim and finish through contact.

The key for the Longhorns in this game must be to limit Knecht's clean looks on offense. If Texas can limit Tennessee on the offensive end, they'll have a chance to win another grind-it-out defensive struggle as they did in the Round of 64 against Colorado State.

Final score prediction: Tennessee-67, Texas-59

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