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UMass to face Tennessee in NCAA Tournament opener

UMass forward Maxie Esho (1) dribbles up the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at the Barclays Center in New York, Friday, March 14, 2014. George Washington defeated UMass, 85-77. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Maxie Esho and the UMass men’s basketball team are the sixth seed in the Midwest Region. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Tennessee needed overtime, but held off Iowa, 78-65, in the final play-in game of the NCAA Tournament Wednesday night at Dayton, Ohio.

The UMass men’s basketball team will face the Volunteers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Regional.

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The game will be Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.

The winner faces Duke or Mercer on Sunday.

Tennessee had won six of its final eight behind three key veterans: senior guard Jordan McRae (18.6 ppg, 2.5 apg), junior forward Jarnell Stokes (14.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg), and senior forward Jeronne Maymon (10.1 ppg).

Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan contributed to this report.
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