Sweet 16 loss leads to heartbreak for fans

Sweet 16 loss leads to heartbreak for fans

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Vols fans gazed on in anticipation to the Vols falling behind in double digits to Michigan. Vols fans gazed on in anticipation to the Vols falling behind in double digits to Michigan.
Latitude 35 Manager Barry Garner said usually people begin to file out after the first half, but tonight fans seemed to want to stay and see how the Vols would react to falling behind. Latitude 35 Manager Barry Garner said usually people begin to file out after the first half, but tonight fans seemed to want to stay and see how the Vols would react to falling behind.
Market Square was packed Friday night with eager Vols fans. Market Square was packed Friday night with eager Vols fans.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are heavy hearts in Big Orange country.

You could feel the excitement as the Vols headed to the Sweet 16, while many fans were already dreaming of the Elite 8.

Tennessee fans were all over downtown Knoxville cheering on the Vols Friday night.

Excitement and nervousness echoed through Market Square as the game came to a close.

"Nobody's moved. Usually some people leave at halftime but no one has left. Everyone is still here," said Latitude 35 Manager Barry Garner.

At Latitude 35, the sentiments seemed the same: no matter what the outcome the Vols fought hard to get where they ended up.

"The way we finished out the season, we're in the Sweet 16, so you know hopefully we'll beat them, but if not better luck next year," said Garner.

They watched with bated breath hoping to cheer the Big Orange on to the Elite 8.

"There's a lot on the line. Elite 8 would be nice, get to Kentucky or Louisville. It'll be the farthest the Vols have made it ever. We made it to the Elite 8 one other time," said fan Lance Taylor.

In the closing seconds, it looked like the Vols might pull it off.

"We need a comeback a big one!" said Taylor.

But heartbreak for Tennessee fans soon followed as the Vols fell to Michigan 73-71.

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