This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.
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The lowest remaining seed in the tournament resides in the South Region, in what has otherwise been a very chalky March Madness thus far. No. 12 Oregon rode the automatic berth from the Pac-12 Tournament Championship through to the Sweet 16, dispatching of Wisconsin and UC-Irvine by an average of 18.5 points. The Ducks have now won 10 games in a row heading into their clash with top-seeded Virginia.
The Cavaliers exorcised their demons in Round 1, avenging last season's loss to a No. 16 seed. It was a struggle, though, as the UVA trailed Gardner-Webb, making its first-ever NCA Tournament appearance, at halftime. The Hoos got their act together in time, though, and shook off the nerves to post a rousing second-round win over an inconsistent Oklahoma squad.
On the other side of the region, the favorites reigned supreme, albeit not without some difficulties along the way. Tennessee outlasted a tough No. 15 seed in Colgate, and then blew a 25-point lead to Iowa before surviving in overtime. Admiral Schofield chose to stay on the bench for the entire overtime, as the team leader allowed fellow senior Kyle Alexander to impact the game with his size and rebounding, providing the difference along with two-time SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams.
By contrast, the Vols will face a Purdue squad that cruised through its first two matchups, foiling an upset bid by Old Dominion with