Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night in the NCAA's First Four.
The Volunteers' late comeback sent them to Raleigh, N.C., where they'll play sixth-seeded Massachusetts on Friday in the Midwest Regional.
Tennessee (22-12) didn't lead until Antonio Barton's 3-pointer put the Vols up 59-57 with 3:05 left in regulation.
Chris Eversley scored 19 points to help Cal Poly become the first team in 59 years with 19 losses to win an NCAA tournament game, beating Texas Southern, 81-69, in the First Four. Now the team with the worst record in the tournament (14-19) moves on to face the one with the best -- top-seeded Wichita State (34-0) -- in the second round in St. Louis on Friday.
Rayvonte Rice scored seven straight points late in the game and finished with 28, rallying Illinois past Boston University, 66-62, in the first round of the NIT. The second-seeded Illini fought back from a 30-13 first-half deficit. Rice made the key play with 2:07 left when his steal and three-point play trimmed it to 61-60. He added two free throws and a driving layup to give Illinois a 64-61 lead. It was the first meeting between Illinois and BU (24-11).
Defenseman leaves on stretcher
Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger left Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a hit from Alex Killorn. With 4.1 seconds left in the first period, Killorn boarded Ranger, who went down to the ice and remained there for almost 10 minutes. Ranger moved his legs but not much else after the hit.
Rich Peverley has been released from an Ohio hospital after undergoing successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game.
NFL to discuss expanded playoffs
NFL owners likely will consider expanding the playoffs by two teams, beginning in 2015, when they hold their spring meetings in Orlando next week.