Tennessee basketball vs. Creighton score, highlights: Dalton Knecht, Vols win 2024 March Madness game (2024)

DETROIT − Tennessee basketball is in pursuit of the program's first Elite Eight since 2010 and the second in program history.

No. 2-seeded Tennessee (26-8) plays against No. 3 seed Creighton (25-9) on Friday (10:15 p.m. ET, TBS/truTV) in the Sweet 16 of March Madness.

UT is in the Sweet 16 for the third time in nine seasons under coach Rick Barnes, who was hired in April 2015. It reached the same round last season in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, but lost to Florida Atlantic.

Tennessee basketball vs. Creighton live score updates in Sweet 16 game

FINAL: Tennessee is Elite!

The Vols are headed to an Elite Eight matchup with Purdue after a 82-75 victory on Friday. Creighton never got fully comfortable with the Vols' pressure defense.

Creighton had two chances to cut a four-point lead down, but didn't score on back-to-back Kalkbrenner low-post looks. One Tobe Awaka offensive rebound and 3-point play later, the Vols were in control.

Purdue-Tennessee is a rematch from an ugly Maui Invitational game on Nov. 21 where 52 fouls were called in total. Never again.

Tennessee is going to the Elite Eight for the second time in program history.

Tennessee 68, Creighton 64 with 3:54 left | Can the Vols finish?

Tennessee is closing in on its second-ever Elite Eight but will need to execute late. Creighton is employing versions of the box-and-1 to combat Dalton Knecht, but he hit consecutive 3-pointers to end a Creighton run.

Vols are fortunate that they will have the ball coming out of the media timeout; Knecht appeared to touch the ball before it flew out of bounds.

Tennessee 62, Creighton 55 with 7:54 left | Bluejays cut UT lead to single digits

Creighton goes on a 9-2 run, including a Baylor Scheierman 3-point play after two Tennessee players mishandle a rebound. This game is not over.

Creighton continues to focus on Dalton Knecht, and there are open shots for others.

Neither team is approaching the bonus at the moment.

Tennessee 62, Creighton 50 with 9:18 left | Zakai Zeigler is starring

Zakai Zeigler is up to 15 points, including three 3-pointers. With Dalton Knecht having a good-but-not-great scoring night (16 points on 6-of-16 shooting), Zeigler's contribution has been key. UT is 9-of-19 from 3.

Creighton will have at least another run in this game. The Vols will need to be ready with an answer.

Tennessee 55, Creighton 39 with 13:51 left | Vols on game-flipping 18-0 run

Tennessee is on a 18-0 run after a 3-pointers by Zakai Zeigler and Josiah-Jordan James. A game-changing four minutes. Zeigler has 13 points, with James at 11. Those are both good signs for the Vols.

The Vols defense has hounded Creighton in the second half; the Bluejays are 1-of-7 from the floor with two turnovers to start the half.

Halftime: Creighton 35, Tennessee 34

Baylor Scheierman leads all scorers with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, as Creighton has a late flurry to take the lead at halftime.

The Vols miss Santiago Vescovi defensively, especially with Jahmai Mashack and Jordan Gainey in foul trouble. Cameron Carr played late in the half and hit a corner 3.

Tennessee 29, Creighton 27 with 3:41 left in the first half | Foul trouble for Vols' guards

Jordan Gainey joins Jahmai Mashack with two fouls. Freddie Dilione V is getting some playing time, though he picks up a foul right before the media timeout.

Creighton is able to find a couple of open looks and buries two 3-pointers to stay within striking distance of Tennessee. This going to be a tight game for the duration with Creighton's ability to score in spurts.

Dalton Knecht is trying to keep pace with 10 points. He's been able to drive and create.

Tennessee 18, Creighton 14 with 7:48 left in the first half | Tennessee defense punishing Creighton

The Vols' physical defense is making things difficult for the Bluejays. Creighton has missed nine of its last 10 shots.

This game is being played at Tennessee's pace. Jahmai Mashack has two fouls though, so it'll be a lot of Jordan Gainey to finish the half.

Tennessee 14, Creighton 12 with 11:30 left in the first half | Josiah-Jordan James hits two 3-pointers

Josiah-Jordan James has knocked down two open 3-pointers as the Vols take the lead. Tennessee has eight points off of four Creighton turnovers.

Creighton 7, Tennessee 6 with 14:55 left in the first half | Vols taking decent shots but not making them

The Vols start 2-of-8 from the field, including a couple misses from open shooters.

Vols defense has been progressively active, but Creighton has a lot of ways to score. This will be a different game than the Texas victory.

Tennessee basketball vs. Creighton officials, referees

The officials for Friday's game: Tony Padilla, Joe Lindsay, Matt Potter.

Santiago Vescovi ruled out for Creighton game

Vols senior guard Santiago Vescovi has been ruled out for Friday's game with an illness after missing Thursday's practice in Detroit. Jahmai Mashack will be in the starting lineup against Creighton.

Vescovi's poor shooting has contributed to Tennessee's late-season offensive struggles, but his defense has been a big part of the Vols all year.

What channel is Tennessee vs. Creighton on today? How to watch, stream live

  • TV channel: TBS/truTV
  • Stream: NCAA March Madness Live app | Sling TV

Tennessee will tip off vs. Creighton on TBS/truTV. Streaming options include the NCAA March Madness Live app and Sling TV. Announcers for the game areAndrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, and Evan Washburn.

Tennessee vs. Creighton start time, TV info, location

  • Start time: Approximately 10:15 p.m. ET
  • TV info: TBS/truTV
  • Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

Tennessee vs. Creighton preview

Tennessee: The Vols were the SEC regular-season champions and boast the nation's best scoring guard in Dalton Knecht, the Northern Colorado transfer turned SEC player of the year. Zakai Zeigler makes everything go for Tennessee.

Creighton: The Bluejays boast three high-scoring players led by senior wing Baylor Scheierman, who averages 18.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. Guard Trey Alexander and center Ryan Kalkbrenner average more than 17.4 points each.

Tennessee vs. Creighton odds, betting line, spread

Odds according to BetMGM

  • Spread: Tennessee -3.5
  • Over/under: 144.5
  • Moneyline: Tennessee -155

Tennessee vs. Creighton prediction, game picks

Tennessee 75, Creighton 71:The Vols are going to have to guard as well as they did against Texas and hit 3-pointers at a much better clip. Tennessee is capable of both things.

Tennessee vs. Creighton injury updates

TENNESSEE: Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi is battling an illness. He has been ruled out after not practicing Thursday.

CREIGHTON: There are no injuries of note.

Tennessee vs. Creighton stats


  • PPG: 79.1
  • PPG allowed: 67
  • FG% 44.3%
  • 3PT%: 33.9%
  • KenPom ranking: No. 8


  • PPG: 80.6
  • PPG allowed: 69.5
  • FG% 48.5%
  • 3PT%: 36.6%
  • KenPom ranking: No. 11

Tennessee vs. Creighton championship odds

Odds according to BetMGM:



Tennessee basketball schedule 2023-24

The past five games of Tennessee's 2023-24 basketball season. For the full schedule, click here

March 6, 2024Tennessee 66, South Carolina 59
March 9, 2024Kentucky 85, Tennessee 81
March 15, 2024Mississippi State 73, Tennessee 56 (SEC Tournament)
March 22, 2024Tennessee 83, Saint Peter's 49 (NCAA Tournament)
March 24, 2024Tennessee 62, Texas 58 (NCAA Tournament)

Creighton basketball schedule 2023-24

The past five games of Creighton's 2023-24 basketball season. For the full schedule, click here

March 2, 2024Creighton 89, Marquette 75
March 9, 2024Creighton 69, Villanova 67
March 14, 2024Providence 78, Creighton 73 (Big East Tournament)
March 22, 2024Creighton 77, Akron 60 (NCAA Tournament)
March 24, 2024Creighton 86, Oregon 73 in 2 OT (NCAA Tournament)

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Tennessee basketball vs. Creighton score, highlights: Dalton Knecht, Vols win 2024 March Madness game (2024)


Has Tennessee ever played Creighton? ›

Dalton Knecht scores 24, Tennessee beats Creighton 82-75 to pull within a win of first Final Four. — Dalton Knecht was all over the court, jumping into passing lanes for steals, shooting 3-pointers, driving and dishing to set up teammates for shots.

Did Tennessee win last night against Creighton? ›

DETROIT – The University of Tennessee men's basketball team defeated No. 11-ranked, third-seeded Creighton, 82-75, Friday night at Little Caesars Arena to earn the second Elite Eight appearance in program history.

How tall is Ashworth Creighton? ›

Height, Weight6'1", 170 lbs
FromAlpine, UT
ConferenceBig East

What time is the Creighton-Tennessee game? ›

The Creighton vs. Tennessee game will be played Friday, March 28, 2024 at 10:09 p.m. ET (7:09 p.m. PT). The game will broadcast live on TBS and TruTV and stream on the platforms featured below.

How many NBA players came from Creighton? ›

30 players have been selected out of Creighton in NBA draft history, 4 in the first round (2 during the last 10 years), 9 in the second round and 1 among the top 3 picks. The last time a player out of Creighton was selected in the NBA draft was in 2021.

Who will win Creighton vs. Tennessee? ›

The Volunteers have a 61.8% chance to claim victory in this matchup per the moneyline's implied probability, according to the site. ESPN Analytics gives Tennessee a 57.7% chance to advance to the Elite Eight. The same model gives Creighton a 42.3% chance to pull off the upset.

What year did Tennessee beat Ohio State? ›

1996 Florida Citrus Bowl
Ohio State BuckeyesTennessee Volunteers
Big TenSEC
Head coach: John CooperHead coach: Phillip Fulmer
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How many wins does Creighton have? ›

The Bluejays have won a record 15 MVC regular season conference titles and a record 12 MVC tournament titles. The team has 23 appearances in the NCAA tournament. The Jays last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2024, and have won at least one NCAA tournament game each of the last four seasons.

Who does Tennessee play after Creighton? ›

DETROIT — Tennessee is on to the Elite 8 after beating Creighton in the Sweet 16 on Friday night inside the Little Cesar's Arena by a final score of 82-75. UT will play Purdue for the second time this season on Sunday.

How tall is 11 for creighton basketball? ›

#Full NameHt.
11Ryan Kalkbrenner7-1
12Shane Thomas6-3
13Mason Miller6-9
14Sami Osmani6-4
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Who is number 55 for Creighton basketball? ›

Baylor Scheierman (born September 26, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the Creighton Bluejays of the Big East Conference.

How tall is Ice Brady Uconn? ›

FromSan Diego, CA
ConferenceBig East

How many times has Tennessee made the Sweet 16? ›

Tennessee is in the Sweet 16 for the 10th time ever; that includes doing so in 23-team tournament in 1967 in which it received a bye to the Round of 16 and a 48-team tournament in 1981 in which it received a bye to the Round of 32.

Is Creighton University a Catholic college? ›

Creighton is a Catholic and Jesuit comprehensive university committed to excellence in its selected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. As Catholic, Creighton is dedicated to the pursuit of truth in all its forms and is guided by the living tradition of the Catholic Church.

Who is Creighton's head basketball coach? ›

Greg McDermott is the coach of the Creighton men's basketball team, and he is entering his 14th season. Last season, the team reached the Elite Eight, and McDermott helped the team become nationally ranked with an up-tempo style of play.

Where is Tennessee vs Creighton playing? ›

A Sweet 16 battle features the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers (26-8) squaring off against the No. 3 seed Creighton Bluejays (25-9) on Friday at Little Caesars Arena. This NCAA Tournament matchup tips at 9:59 PM ET, with the winner advancing to the Midwest Regional final.

Why does Creighton not have football? ›

The end. In the late '30s and early '40s, Creighton's football program scaled back its team, facilities and season until Creighton suspended basketball and football in 1942, due to WWII. The plan was to bring both sports back after the war, but due to costs, Creighton could only reinstate one.

Where is the Creighton Tennessee game? ›

Where is Creighton located? What to know about Tennessee's Sweet 16 March Madness opponent. Tennessee basketball is looking to battle its "Sweet 16 curse," when it plays in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional semifinal at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena on Friday.


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