5 things we learned about Vols after the first weekend — March Madness

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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

The Vols knocked off then-18th ranked Purdue 78-75 in overtime in November 2017 to earn their first victory over a ranked nonconference opponent in three years.

The Hawkeyes clawed all the way back.

"You realize that the players probably have a better feel than anybody in the building", Barnes said.

Nigl has been watching the games closely. They reminded us why we are proud to be HAWKEYES. "Early in the game, I felt like our defense was great, but we had some uncharacteristic plays". "That's going to be hard to do because of the way we like to play". "It all boiled down to 20 minutes to do it or not, to respond to that call".

Tennessee is 22-22 all-time.

The overtime lacked a storybook element, however.

Without Tyler Cook, Iowa would not have been in the same position it was against Tennessee.

It's a Sweet 16 matchup of the NCAA Tournament in the South Region when the Pac-12 tips off with the ACC.

"To come up short like that, man, that stings". He finished the first half scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting against Tennessee on Sunday. It became 34-14 and 44-19. But something woke Iowa up at halftime. "And yet most people know the formula to beat them is make them play in a half-court game but that's just not our game". Some credit belongs to Iowa for storming back toward the end of regulation, but the decision-making from Tennessee played a major factor.

Picking 48 straight games correctly actually is quite the accomplishment.

"That (was) where I thought our guys realized that we can do this and play with these teams".

"The fact is, you don't take any of this for granted", Barnes said. "His performance in the second half was awesome". They engineered the early run with 53.7 percent shooting from the field. Iowa pulled within single-digits before 6 minutes elapsed.

What can they take from that into the second weekend?

Off the missed free throw, Nicholas Baer Venmoed Jordan Bohannon, leading to a 5-point game.

That strategic decision paid off with Turner and Williams combining for 19 of the Vols' final 28 points to move on. The Vols literally had to survive. UNC was able to break that zone several times and run in transition like they had hoped for. It doesn't matter how you got there, as long as you get there. He was aggressive driving to the hoop and ended with a career high 18 points in his best game as a Blue Devil. The 12-seeded Oregon Ducks are on the road as they face off with the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers Thursday night.

This is the Vols' eighth Sweet 16 appearance - with Tennessee even reaching the Elite Eight in 2010 - but the school is still chasing its first Final Four berth. "We're going to be winning". Five of my brackets have 61 points - on par with two brackets in ESPN's pool that are tied for first place, according to the current leaderboard.

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