Officials with the Midwest Regional round of the NCAA Tournament are expecting a crowd in excess of 40,000 for Friday’s games at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. That will shatter the record for the largest crowd ever at a Tennessee basketball game.
The record presently stands at 26,776, set when the Volunteers faced Ohio State in the 2007 South Regional semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Tennessee faces Michigan in the first of two regional games Friday. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. ET on CBS. That contest will be followed by a Kentucky-Louisville clash in the other regional semifinal.
The winners advance to the Midwest Regional final (Elite Eight), which will be played Sunday (time TBD).
A Tennessee win over the Wolverines Friday would give the Big Orange their second Elite Eight berth in program history. The Vols also advanced to the Elite Eight in 2010, falling to Michigan State, 70-69.
Tennessee has never reached the Final Four.
TOP-10 LARGEST CROWDS IN TENNESSEE HISTORY
Rank Attendance Opponent (Date) City (Venue)
1 26,776 vs. Ohio State (3/22/07) San Antonio (Alamodome)
2 26,377 vs. Ohio State (3/26/10) St. Louis, Mo. (Jones Dome)
3 25,610 Kentucky (1/21/89) Knoxville, Tenn. (T-BA)
4 25,272 Marquette (12/3/87) Knoxville, Tenn. (T-BA)
5 25,242 vs. Michigan State (3/28/10) St, Louis, Mo. (Jones Dome)
6 25,125 Kentucky (1/12/91) Knoxville, Tenn. (T-BA)
7 24,433 Florida (1/23/88) Knoxville, Tenn. (T-BA)
8 24,402 at Kentucky (2/13/10) Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
9 24,394 at Kentucky (2/21/09) Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
10 24,378 Kentucky (2/17/88) Knoxville, Tenn. (T-BA)