No. 4 Tennessee Tops Florida

No. 16 Vandy holds off Mississippi State in OT, No. 10 Wisconsin humiliates Penn State
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2008 2:39 AM CST
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl reacts to a Tennessee score during the second half of Tennessee's 89-86 win in a basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday, March 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The 4th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers fell behind by 16 points on the road against a Florida squad fighting to earn an NCAA berth—but roared back to win anyway, 89-86 behind JaJuan Smith's 23 points and Chris Lofton's 21. In the process, the Vols set a school record for victories in a single season. Florida, meanwhile, dropped its 6th of the last 10 and may have played itself out of the NCAA tournament. Elsewhere in the Top 25:

  • No. 16 Vanderbilt needed overtime to top Mississippi State 85-82, behind Shan Foster's career-high 42 points; Foster's 9th straight three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in OT was the winner.
  • No. 10 Wisconsin clinched a share of the Big Ten regular season title by trouncing Penn State 77-41.
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