Minutemen to face off against the Volunteers

Massachusetts' Chaz Williams, left, drives to the basket as Fordham's Bryan Smith, right, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Amherst, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After 16 years of staying home, the UMass men’s basketball team has a berth at the Big Dance and they’ll play their first game of the NCAA tournament Friday afternoon.

The number 6 seed team is in Raleigh, North Carolina, preparing to take on the number 11 seed Tennessee Volunteers.

The Volunteers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 65 -78, Wednesday night, to win the chance to face the UMass Minutemen.

The game starts at 2:45 Friday afternoon. The winner will play against either the Duke Blue Devils or Mercer Bears on Sunday.