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UT Lady Vols Basketball punches ticket to Elite Eight with 78-62 win against Ohio State

 

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UT Lady VolsSioux Falls, SD – Behind a career night from Mercedes Russell, Tennessee will play for a spot in the Final Four after defeating Ohio State, 78-62, in the Sweet 16 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Friday night.

In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the No. 7 seed Lady Vols (22-13) have won six of their last seven games to advance to the 28th Elite Eight in program history. Despite reaching the Sweet 16, Ohio State (26-8) finished the season losing four of its last seven.

Russell’s dominance throughout the game led to her best performance donning the orange, scoring a career-high 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting. She also collected 15 rebounds, matching a career-best.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women's NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women’s NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Vols Basketball roll past Auburn Tigers 97-59 at SEC Tournament

 

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Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Volunteers rolled to victory over the Auburn Tigers, 97-59, in the first round of the SEC Men’s Tournament Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

UT (14-18, 6-12 SEC) never trailed the Tigers (11-20, 5-13 SEC), leading by as much as 41 points in the final minute of the game. Tennessee now improves to 9-3 all time against Auburn during the SEC Tournament.

Senior Armani Moore led the Vols, scoring a game-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and adding four rebounds, five assists and a block in 29 minutes of play.

Tennessee Volunteers guard Shembari Phillips (25) drives the ball against Auburn Tigers guard Bryce Brown (2) during game one of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Tennessee won 97-59. (Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers guard Shembari Phillips (25) drives the ball against Auburn Tigers guard Bryce Brown (2) during game one of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Tennessee won 97-59. (Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Volunteers Basketball roll past Army West Point Black Knights 95-80

 

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Armani Moore scores a career-high 29 in win over Black Knights

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – A late first-half surge capped by back-to-back baskets from Robert Hubbs III propelled Tennessee to a 95-80 victory over Army West Point Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Armani Moore scored a career-high 29 points in the victory, while Kevin Punter Jr. poured in 26 and Hubbs finished with 14, the fifth time in as many games this season that UT has had at least three players score in double figures. Derek Reese pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and hit the 3-pointer head coach Rick Barnes promised he could take for reaching a rebounding milestone.

 Tennessee Volunteers forward Armani Moore (4) moves the ball against Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs guard Isaiah Ivey (24) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers forward Armani Moore (4) moves the ball against Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs guard Isaiah Ivey (24) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Volunteers Basketball gets 89-64 win over Gardner-Webb at Thompson-Boling Arena Sunday

 

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Kevin Punter Jr. had 24 points and Devon Baulkman had 22 to lead UT to victory

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – A season-high 13 3-pointers and a 34-7 run to close the game propelled the Tennessee Volunteers to an 89-64 win over Gardner-Webb on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee had four players in double figures, led by 24 from Kevin Punter Jr. Devon Baulkman tied a career high with 22, while Robert Hubbs III scored 17. Armani Moore had 15 to accompany his career-high 16 rebounds.

Tennessee led by as many as 19 in the first half on the strength of the efficiency from long range, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs battled back and a jumper from Adonis Burbage at the buzzer cut the advantage to just four at the break, 41-37.

Tennessee Volunteers guard Kevin Punter (0) shoots the ball in front of Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs guard David Efianayi (11) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Volunteers won 89-64. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers guard Kevin Punter (0) shoots the ball in front of Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs guard David Efianayi (11) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Volunteers won 89-64. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Vols Basketball face Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at home

 

UT Vols vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 | 1:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Continuing a stretch of three games in six days, the Tennessee basketball program welcomes Gardner-Webb to Thompson-Boling Arena for a Sunday matinee. Tip is set for 12:00pm ET (1:00pm CT) and the contest will be streamed live online through SEC Network +.

SEC Network + is the live streaming, digital component of the SEC Network that can only be accessed through a computer, tablet, or mobile device. To access Sunday’s game, visit www.WatchESPN.com or download the WatchESPN app and log in using your cable or satellite account information.

Tennessee hosts the Runnin' Bulldogs in the first of two preliminary games in the Barclays Center Classic. (UT Athletic Department)

Tennessee hosts the Runnin’ Bulldogs in the first of two preliminary games in the Barclays Center Classic. (UT Athletic Department)

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