The Tennessee Volunteers have earned another spot in the Sweet Sixteen after dismantling Ohio University 83-68 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Saturday in Providence, R.I.
Using an 18-2 run midway through the first half, the Vols erased 14th-seed Ohio's modest 18-16 lead and never looked back.
It’s the third time in four years Bruce Pearl’s Volunteers have reached the NCAA’s second weekend. Six-seed Tennessee [27-8] will play the winner of Sunday's Georgia Tech-Ohio State matchup either Thursday or Friday at the Midwest regionals in St. Louis.
The Vols were led by senior guard J.P. Prince's 18 points, but Tennessee benefitted from a balanced team effort. Scotty Hopson had 17, and Wayne Chism and Brian Williams both hauled in 12 rebounds apiece. Tennessee's bench contributed 28 points as well.
Freshman Tommy Freeman led all scorers with 23 points and fellow freshman DeVaughn Washington came off the bench to give Ohio 16 points and 8 rebounds. But the Bobcats couldn't stop the Vols, who shot 56 percent for the game.