NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview
Tennessee vs. Ohio StateBy Kyle Ross
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Games involving Cinderella "mid-majors" have become the norm in this year's NCAA Tournament, butthat won't be the case in Friday's Sweet 16 regional semifinal between 2-seed Ohio State and 6-seedTennessee. These are two high-profile programs that spent most of the year in the Top 25 and wereeach favored in both of their games thus far. Ohio State will be the favorite, currently laying 4.5 points atmost online sportsbooks.The Buckeyes have covered both Tournament games thus far, winning by 17 and nine over UC-SantaBarbara and Georgia Tech, respectively. Overall, the Big Ten regular season and tournament champshave won their last nine games, going 5-2-2 ATS. Interestingly, both non-covers came against rivalMichigan, one of which was by half a point and the other occurring in the conference tourney featuringa memorable finish where likely National Player of the Year Evan Turner drained a 40-foot three-pointshot at the buzzer.Turner shot an uncharacteristically poor 2 of 13 and had just nine points against UCSB in the openinground, but bounced back with a near triple double vs. Georgia Tech (24 pts, 9 rebounds, 9 assists).Another OSU player to keep an eye on is the sharpshooting Jon Diebler, who has 43 points in the lasttwo games and 11 three-pointers made.Ohio State is now 15-6 ATS as a favorite this season. They play excellent defense, allowing just 61.1points per game.Tennessee enters this game as an underdog for just the ninth time this season. They are the only teamin the country to have beaten both Kansas and Kentucky, ranked #1 and #2 respectively at the time, thisseason. However, the last time the Vols were an underdog was the last time they played Kentucky andthey were blown out 74-45 in the SEC Tournament. Overall, they are 4-4 ATS as dogs this year.Interestingly, all four covers resulted in outright victories. In addition to the upsets of KU and UK, BrucePearl's team also beat Purdue on a neutral court in a game that was listed as a Pick Em.The team has had to overcome numerous suspensions, which at one point left the squad with as few assix scholarship players.The Vols survived a close scare against San Diego State in the opening round, pushing for some andlosing for most at the betting window as 3 or 3.5-point favorites. They looked far more impressive inRound 2, virtually leading wire to wire against upstart 14-seed Ohio. They outscored the Bobcats in the