NCAA Tournament: Purdue fans expected to outnumber Tennessee fans in Louisville

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Tennessee’s Jordan Bone (0) talks with Derrick Walker (15) during practice for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tennessee’s fans are excited about the team’s highly-anticipated Sweet 16 matchup against Purdue, but the crowd could be tilted toward the Boilermakers.

While both fan bases are set to support their teams at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., data from  Vivid Seats’ proprietary crowd projections shows Purdue fans will occupy 60 percent of the arena, while Vols fans will occupy just 40 percent.

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Purdue Univesity is some 183 miles from the arena in Louisville while Knoxville is 245 miles away.

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The game between Tennessee-Purdue tips off at 7:29 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday.

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