2010 vs. Ohio State
Speaking of history, the Vols made some more of it during their 2010 tournament run.
Tennessee made it back to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, their third trip to the Round of 16 in the last four tournaments. The Vols had been bested in their previous two attempts to make it to the Elite Eight, and the powerful No. 2 seed Ohio State stood in their way this time.
The Vols had lost a heart-breaker against the Buckeyes in the Sweet Sixteen in 2007, falling by a point after they held a lead as big as 20 points in the first half. This time, Tennessee was determined to get a better outcome.
National Player of the Year Evan Turner scored 31 points, and most of those came in the second half. But the Vols contained every other Buckeye, and Tennessee used a team effort to seal the deal late in a back-and-forth contest. Brian Williams hit the go-ahead tip-in with just over 30 seconds to go, Bobby Maze made some late free throws, and J.P. Prince blocked a desperation three at the buzzer to help the Vols advance to the Elite Eight with a 76-73 win.
To this day, the 2010 run in the NCAA Tournament is still the deepest run any Vol squad has ever made. And they had to exorcise some demons to get there.