Tennessee came to Tobacco Road and turned it into “Raleigh Top.” Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and the Vols denied Mercer a second straight upset in the NCAA Tournament by routing the Bears 83-63 on Sunday night. Josh Richardson had a career-high 26 points, and Antonio Barton had 18 for the 11th-seeded Tennessee (24-12), which outrebounded Mercer 41-19 and kept the Southeastern Conference perfect in the tournament. They joined Florida and Kentucky in the Sweet 16 — the first time three SEC teams made it that far since 2007. Tennessee will face second-seeded Michigan (27-8) in a Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in Indianapolis. Stokes broke his two-day-old school tournament record for rebounds.
Tennessee Vols beat Mercer, move to Sweet 16
Tennessean | Mar 23