Scotty Hopson scored 19 points, and Tennessee rallied from 11 points down in the second half to upset No. 18 Vanderbilt, 60-51, on Tuesday night in Nashville and sweep the season series from its instate rival.
Tennessee (17-11, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) has won two of its last three, and this time the Vols won by hitting their free throws when it mattered most. Hopson hit all six of his attempts as Tennessee, which hit only three of its first nine from the line, hit 11 of 12 over the final 2:52.
Melvin Goins scored 15 points, and Tobias Harris had 10 for the Vols who won in coach Bruce Pearl’s 200th game at Tennessee.
Pearl is facing an unethical conduct charge after misleading NCAA investigators about improperly hosting recruits at his home during a 2008 cookout, and a source told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Tennessee officials expect to receive official notice of NCAA allegations this week.
The Commodores (20-7, 8-5) had a five-game winning streak snapped.
At No. 2 Ohio State 89, Illinois 70: David Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, and Jared Sullinger contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Buckeyes (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten) beat the Illini (17-11, 7-8).
At No. 5 Texas 76, Iowa State 53: Jordan Hamilton broke out of a two-game shooting slump with 20 points and the Longhorns (24-4, 12-1 Big 12) rebounded from their first loss in a month with a victory over the Cyclones (14-14, 1-12), who lost their 10th straight overall and seventh in a row to Texas.
No. 16 Louisville 55, at Rutgers 37: Preston Knowles hit three 3-pointers in a game-opening 17-2 run and the Cardinals (21-7, 10-5 Big East) cruised past the Scarlet Knights (13-14, 4-11).
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No. 8 Notre Dame 72, at No. 19 West Virginia 60: Natalie Novosel scored 22 points as the Irish (23-5, 12-2 Big East) beat the Mountaineers (21-7, 7-7).
UConn coach Jim Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for three games next season for recruiting violations committed under his watch, though the program dodged a major sanction when it was spared a postseason ban.