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INDIANAPOLIS — Amid the widespread reaction among national media and fans to the charge called on Jarnell Stokes at the end of Tennessee's Sweet 16 loss to Michigan on Friday night lies one hidden question.

KNOXVILLE — It took less than 24 hours for the offseason to get interesting for Tennessee's basketball program.

INDIANAPOLIS — His eyes red and swollen from fighting and wiping away the tears, Jordan McRae slumped over in a blue folding chair and buried his face into a white towel inside one of Lucas Oil Stadium’s locker rooms.

INDIANAPOLIS — What a way to go out.

INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee made its NCAA tournament run from the "First Four" in Dayton to the Sweet 16 here despite getting only 19 points from its bench in three games.

INDIANAPOLIS — Coaching his first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game also will bring a blast from Cuonzo Martin's past.

INDIANAPOLIS — When you first walk into Lucas Oil Stadium, your eyes can't help but widen at the sight.

INDIANAPOLIS — Two months removed from surgery on his left shoulder, Robert Hubbs III last played in a basketball game for Tennessee in December.

KNOXVILLE — It all started eight nights ago.

For the seventh time in the history of its program, Tennessee will play in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. The Volunteers are just 1-6 in their previous six visits to this stage. Tennessee's lone Elite Eight trip came in 2010. The Vols, an 11th seed in this NCAA tournament will try to make it there again against second-seeded Michigan on Friday night in Indianapolis.

KNOXVILLE — With a week off from school and football during Tennessee's spring break last week, Jason Croom joined fellow receiver Josh Smith and his family for a trip to Florida that included his first deep-sea fishing venture.

KNOXVILLE — What a difference a few weeks and some NCAA tournament wins can make.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee resumed spring football practice Tuesday with a question mark at quarterback still intact.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee knocked 14th-seeded Mercer, the lowest seed remaining, out of the NCAA basketball tournament Sunday night.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Minutes after his team continued its NCAA tournament run, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin grabbed his iPhone and gathered his team, assistant coaches and equipment managers around him in the Volunteers' locker room.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Perhaps Josh Richardson wishes every game he played was in the NCAA tournament.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee began the NCAA tournament in the “First Four.”

KNOXVILLE — It probably was the most memorable play of Tennessee's 2013 football season that didn't involve freshman receiver Marquez North.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee is one win from reaching the NCAA basketball tournament's Sweet 16, something that seemed preposterous less than a month ago.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mercer's Jakob Gollon used his hands to apply air quotes of sarcasm as he said the word "upset" during the 14th-seeded team's news conference inside PNC Arena on Saturday afternoon.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan McRae turned toward the main section of Tennessee fans on one side of PNC Arena and yelled as the buzzer sounded to signal the start of a timeout.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Mercer Bears introduced themselves to America early Friday afternoon when they took down perennial powerhouse Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee isn't done just yet.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee's players bounded off the floor inside PNC Arena early Thursday like they hadn't won an emotional, hard-fought basketball game more than 500 miles away less than 24 hours earlier.

KNOXVILLE — It appears to be more than an experiment for Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman.

DAYTON, Ohio — Tennessee took a bus a little more than 300 miles up Interstate 75 for an NCAA tournament game.

DAYTON, Ohio — The bus carrying Tennessee's basketball team arrived at the Marriott hotel here shortly before 10 on Monday night.

DAYTON, Ohio — When Fran McCaffery is coaching Iowa in its first NCAA tournament in eight years against Tennessee tonight, the Hawkeyes coach almost certainly will have something else on his mind — something much more important than a basketball game.

Tennessee's basketball team was more than 300 miles from Knoxville when Auburn announced it had hired Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers popular former coach who was fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011.

KNOXVILLE — John Jancek acknowledged the obvious.

KNOXVILLE — Jordan McRae and Jeronne Maymon were buried at the end of Tennessee's bench the last time the Volunteers made the NCAA tournament in 2011.

KNOXVILLE — The confidence simply had to be waning as the nerves started to crescendo.

Tennessee will make its 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament after the Vols were included in the 68-team bracket Sunday.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is dancing.

ATLANTA — Frustrating SEC basketball tournament exits have become fairly common for Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE — Jalen Hurd was midway through a drill in Tennessee's practice on Thursday when Robert Gillespie stopped the freshman tailback and told him to start it over.

ATLANTA — For all three of his seasons at Memphis, Tennessee point guard Antonio Barton woke up on Selection Sunday knowing his Tigers were firmly in the NCAA tournament after winning the Conference USA tournament and that league's automatic berth into the 68-team field.

Tennessee's bid for an upset of top-ranked Florida fell just short on Saturday afternoon in the SEC semifinals.

KNOXVILLE -- For every good throw, there was another one missed.

KNOXVILLE — Asked if he liked his performance in Tennessee's scrimmage Friday afternoon in Neyland Stadium, defensive end Corey Vereen smiled and nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders.

KNOXVILLE — With his left hand, Von Pearson helped shield his body from Malik Foreman as he turned to catch a back-shoulder throw along the edge of the end zone.

KNOXVILLE — There is no indication Tennessee is changing its formula heading into its Southeastern Conference basketball tournament opener against surprising South Carolina in Atlanta this afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — In most of the spring practice drills for Tennessee's quarterbacks, there's only one football to go around.

KNOXVILLE — Some chillier temperatures and some overnight rainfall prompted Tennessee's football team practice inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon, but that didn't keep the Volunteers from getting to work.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's basketball Volunteers boarded the bus to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday afternoon riding a four-game win streak that includes the last three wins by a combined 93 points.

KNOXVILLE — Danny O'Brien learned plenty during his first season of playing in the Southeastern Conference in 2013.

KNOXVILLE — The decision is moving further and further into the past.

KNOXVILLE — At 6-foot-5 and pushing 230 pounds, Jason Croom is as impressive physically as Tennessee has in its receiving corps.

KNOXVILLE — After a two-day respite from Haslam Field, Tennessee's football team was back at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — Not long after Tennessee finished its first spring football practice last Friday, there was Corey Vereen in one end zone on the indoor field at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex with a stretching band.

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