Tennessee moves on to the quarterfinals with a win over Mississippi State on Thursday, 69-53.
The Vols built a pretty good 35-19 lead going into halftime, but had to hold off several second half streaks by the Bulldogs. They eventually pulled away for a 69-53 win.
Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous had a career-high with 10 points. He was one of four plays in double-figures. Jordan McRae led the team with 17 points.
Tennessee will face No. 4 seed Alabama Friday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televising on ESPNU.