Historical March Madness trends significantly favor Vols in Sweet 16

COLUMBUS OHIO- MARCH 24 Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers goes up for a shot against the Iowa Hawkeyes during their game in the Second Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena

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Virginia (31-3) has won its past four visits to the KFC Yum!

While those clutch performances might be coincidental for Hunter, he hopes the Cavs can continue their pattern of success. "I don't think we're excited for the moment". "It's arguable, but I think he's really important to what we do. We're a lot better offensively than we've been in the past couple of years".

March Madness is now the second most lucrative postseason sports environment for broadcasters, trailing only the National Football League playoffs and Super Bowl for the amount of advertising dollars it generates. Wofford could've beaten them. Getting that first win seemed to provide a lift. 5-seed Auburn narrowly averted an upset in the first round but then knocked off preseason No. 1 Kansas, and even 12-seed OR, the only double-digit seed remaining, is a power conference team that was ranked earlier in the season and so doesn't really qualify as a "Cinderella". That run includes routs of Wisconsin and UC Irvine in the NCAAs.

"They're faster than anybody we've played against", Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.

OR and Virginia have dominated their first two games in the later part of the game, and one of them will have to do that again to get to the Elite Eight. Our communication's been a lot better here lately. "Their big guys do finish inside at a good rate. Hopefully, we can keep that up". R.J. Barrett tallied 16 points, eight boards and four assists.

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For Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes, the recipe for near disaster in both contests were turnovers and continued struggles on the defensive end.

It's really hard to overstate his value and skill set even though he's received as much media attention as any college basketball player... ever? The Blue Devils have won 14 of their last 16 at National Basketball Association venues, including a 114-84 win over Kentucky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in this year's Champions Classic, a 69-58 win over Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden, and going 3-0 in the ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte...

The co-champions of the Big 10 have had a different path to the Sweet Sixteen, one that has not been near as exciting at Tennessee's.

An Oregon victory would push Altman past Ernie Kent as the program's winningest coach. Through the first four days of play, the deliveries in the metered markets are up 8 percent vs. the same time a year ago, and the average 6.4 household rating marks the second-largest turnout for the tourney's opening weekend since 1991. Matt Painter, a protege of his, has picked up that trend and still has yet to get past the Sweet 16. They are undersized with one player over 6'6 and one player over 230 pounds.

"We're coming in with the mindset of competing and understanding we have one game that we have to worry about", said Grant Williams, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year.

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