NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: Michigan Vs. Tennessee

The Michigan Wolverines return to March Madness for the second time in John Bellein's tenure, while Bruce Pearl's Tennessee Volunteers have made the dance in all six of his Knoxville years. The winner advances to play the Duke Blue Devils in the second ("third"!) round.

Star Watch: Michigan's Darius Morris led all power conference players in assists, and did it while leading the Wolverines in scoring. Tim Hardaway Jr. has also become a threat to blow up -- he's dropped 20 or more points in half of his last eight games.

Scotty Hopson, possessor of the most squared-off box haircut in college sports, made first-team All-SEC along with seven (seven?) other players, while Tobias Harris is out to post his 10th double-double of the year. 

Prediction: Morris isn't just the best player on the court in this game. He'd be the best player on most courts. But the Pearl Vols are capable of beating or losing to anybody. It would probably surprise me more if Michigan won this one, but I think that's because I'm expecting Tennessee to happen, so I'll pick Michigan.

More Reading: Between Maize N Brew and SB Nation Detroit you have all the Wolverines resources you'll need, while the very excellent Rocky Top Talk has been serving Vols fans for years.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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