It took overtime, but Tennessee is dancing into the Sweet 16 for just the eighth time in team history after toppling the 10-seed Iowa Hawkeyes 83-77.
Vols fans experienced a slew of emotions as the Vols jumped out to a 25-point lead before Iowa mounted a stunning second-half comeback to force overtime.
“Elated. Elated and relieved both,” said one of many fans at Fieldhouse Social in Knoxville.
“I was watching on the floor. I was sitting on the floor. I was nervous. I didn’t know how it was going to go there“, remarked another. “I do feel like the best team won tonight. I think the experience paid off.“
Tennessee advances to play No. 3 Purdue in the South Region semifinal next Thursday.