Day & Time: Sunday, March 27, approx. 3:30 p.m. EST
Arena: Danny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD
Announcers: Beth Mowins, Stephanie White
Tennessee Blog: Rocky Top Talk
Rivalry: 1-0, Tennessee
Current Streak: 1, Tennessee (duh)
First & Last Time: This is actually the second meeting between the two programs this season. The Lady Volunteers scored a 57-55 victory on Nov. 20 in Knoxville, TN.
Head Coaches: SU: Quentin Hillsman (10th Season, 217-115); Tennessee: Holly Warlick (4th Season,108-33)
Last Year: While the days of expected championships might be over, UT is still doing pretty well. They finished the season 30-6 (15-1) SEC play to share the SEC regular season title with South Carolina. They ended up getting to this point in the Elite Eight before losing to Maryland.
This Year: The Lady Vols had a pretty down year for them, finishing with a 21-13 overall record and pedestrian 8-8 SEC record. They ended up making it to the SEC Tourney semis before losing and then earning a 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They've knocked off the 2-seed and 3-seed in their regional and now they get the 4-seed.
Last Game: Left for dead before the tournament started, the Vols completed their return to the Elite Eight with a 78-62 victory over Ohio State in the Sweet Sixteen. Mercedes Russell led the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Coach Bio: The Tennessee grad played for Pat Summit as a three-time All-American guard and had her jersey retired. She replaced the legendary Summit in 2012. She has an inauspicious start, losing to Chattanooga in her first game as head coach. It hasn't been easier for her but she has managed to keep the Vols competitive in the NCAA Tournament, now in their third Elite Eight under her watch.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Diamond DeShields led the way for the Vols this year with a 14.1 PPG but it's the Bashaara Graves and Mercedes Russell who do work as bigs, both averaging north of 10 PPG and 8 RPG.
If Syracuse Wins: It's a whole new world for Syracuse women's basketball. Final Four!
If Syracuse Loses: So close, and it'll be frustrating, but this exciting run will not be forgotten.
Fun Fact: Coach Q's post-game speeches are awesome.