When Tennessee faces Michigan in Charlotte, many eyes will be on the sidelines where Bruce Pearl's job status remains in jeopardy.
The flamboyant head coach has been subject to rumors that he will be fired after the tournament. This comes after Pearl admitted to making inappropriate recruitment contacts as well as misleading and providing false information during an NCAA investigation .
Pearl would not address the speculation, focusing more on the game today with Michigan.
The Volunteers struggled down the stretch, and finished just 19-14 on the season.
The Wolverines won seven of their last 10 games, but finished barely better with a 20-13 record.
Tennessee is led by Tobias Harris, a potential first-round NBA Draft pick. Harris is averaging 15.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.
Guard Scotty Hopson leads both teams in points-per-game average with 17.4.
Michigan have some guards of their own. They are led by Darius Morris, who averaged 15.2 points per game and 6.7 assists. The sophomore raised his scoring average from 4.4 points per game his freshman year.
Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a freshman record 74 three-point shots this season.
The winner of this game faces the winner of Duke versus Hampton.