Rick Barnes, Tennessee exit NCAA Tournament in first round against No. 12 Oregon State

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Oregon State center Roman Silva (12) defends Tennessee guard Yves Pons (35) during the second half of a men’s college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/KXAN) — Oregon State played up the underdog role all season and is now the latest No. 12 seed to win an opening-round NCAA Tournament game.

Roman Silva scored 16 points and the Beavers took advantage of Tennessee’s icy perimeter shooting to beat the fifth-seeded Vols 70-56 in the Midwest Region.

Oregon State became the first Pac-10/12 school to win the conference tournament after being picked to finish last and is now the 51st 12-seed to take down a five-seed since the NCAA Tournament bracket expanded in 1985.

The Vols shot 5 for 26 from the arc while shooting 33% overall.

Rick Barnes’ NCAA Tournament ends in the first round for the 12th time during his head coaching career. Barnes was leading his 25th team to the tournament.

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