NCAA Tournament: Tennessee Spoils Ohio's Upset Bid, 83-68

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Tennessee 83, Ohio 68: Another Potential Cinderella Sent Home Early

Read more at our Tennessee blog, Rocky Top Talk.

Providence, RI (Sports Network) - J.P. Prince scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Tennessee took down Ohio, 83-68, in the second round of the Midwest Region.

Scotty Hopson had 17 points, while Wayne Chism finished with nine points and 12 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Volunteers (27-8), who will face either Georgia Tech or Ohio State next week in the Sweet 16.

Tommy Freeman drained six threes en route to a game-best 23 points for the 14th-seeded Bobcats (22-15), who shocked Georgetown on Thursday. DeVaughn Washington logged 16 points and eight boards and D.J. Cooper also contributed 16 points with six boards and five assists in defeat.

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NCAA Tournament, 3:35 P.M.: 14-Seed Ohio Plays For Cinderella Status Vs. Tennessee

At 3:35 P.M. on Saturday, 14-seed Ohio tips off against 6-seed Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. The Ohio Bobcats are arguably the biggest surprise of the tournament so far, having ousted third-seeded Georgetown in the first round with a decisive 97-83 win.

The Volunteers, meanwhile, survived San Diego State to advance to the second round of the tournament. Our Tennessee blog, Rocky Top Talk, has a full preview:

If we play defense the way we've played defense all year, we're going to win and advance.  Ohio caught Georgetown off guard and shot lights out.  Now they're going to catch a Tennessee team that's ready for them, who will do a much better job on the defensive end.  Length bothers shooters:  Tennessee's very best team in 2008 got blown out by Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen, because they put bigger bodies on Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith in an extended 2-3 zone, and never allowed them a good look.  Whether we go to an extended zone or play man-to-man, Pearl will have us ready - bother the shooters, bother Ohio, and take advantage of the mismatch in the paint.

Check the rest of the post for more. Also, Rocky Top Talk has set up a live game thread. Jump in there and say something.

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