Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Scotty Hopson had 19 as Tennessee (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) cruised to an 86-56 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday night.
Scotty Hopson had 18 points when nobody else seemed able to score, and No. 24 Tennessee rallied behind embattled coach Bruce Pearl to beat Virginia Commonwealth 77-72 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.