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Vols win in OT after blowing lead of 25

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Tennessee avoided one of the biggest meltdowns in NCAA Tournament history Sunday, letting a 25-point lead slip away before two-time SEC player of the year Grant Williams scored 6 points in overtime for an 83-77 victory over Iowa.

The Volunteers (31-5) made it back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016, though there were more tense moments than the Vols imagined after they ran off to a 44-19 lead in the opening half.

The biggest NCAA Tournament comeback? BYU's 25-point rally past Iona in the First Four in 2012.

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Rank School Rec
1 Duke30-5
2 Virginia30-3
3 North Carolina28-6
4 Gonzaga32-3
5 Michigan State30-6
6 Tennessee30-5
7 Kentucky29-6
8 Michigan30-6
9 Texas Tech27-6
10 Florida State29-7
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke30-5
2 Kansas26-10
3 Virginia30-3
4 North Carolina28-6
5 Houston32-3
6 Michigan State30-6
7 Tennessee30-5
8 Gonzaga32-3
9 Kentucky29-6
10 Buffalo32-3
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