Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes on advancing to the Sweet 16
What came easy in the first half became a tough task in the second half.
Then overtime became the Tennessee Volunteers’ salvation in Sunday’s South Regional second-round game with the Iowa Hawkeyes in Columbus Ohio.
The Vols escaped the Hawkeyes, 83-77, in the 2019 NCAA Tournament’s first overtime game.
Grant Williams was a force in overtime.
He scored six points with an assist and a key steal in overtime.
Tennessee blew a 25-point lead with Iowa’s big second-half comeback to force overtime. The Vols had a chance to win it with the last shot in regulation, but Jordan Bone missed a three-pointer and Iowa corralled the rebound as time expired.
Tennessee, the No. 2 seed in the South, joins Kentucky, the 2 seed in the Midwest, Auburn, the 5 in the Midwest, and LSU, the 3 in the East, as SEC teams in the Sweet 16.