Raleigh, N.C. -

Tennessee came to Tobacco Road and turned it into "Raleigh Top."
    
Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and the Volunteers denied Mercer a second straight upset in the NCAA tournament by routing the Bears 83-63 on Sunday night.
    
Josh Richardson had a career-high 26 points and Antonio Barton had 18 for the 11th-seeded Vols (24-12), who outrebounded Mercer 41-19 and kept the Southeastern Conference perfect in the tournament.
    
They joined Florida and Kentucky in the round of 16 - the first time three SEC teams made it that far since 2007.
    
Tennessee will face second-seeded Michigan (27-8) in a Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in Indianapolis.
    
Stokes broke his 2-day-old school tournament record for rebounds.
    
Langston Hall had 15 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bears (27-9). They knocked off Duke in the signature upset of the tournament but couldn't answer Tennessee's size.
    
Mercer trailed by double figures for the entire second half before the Bears threatened to give themselves yet another fantastic finish.
    
They had the ball down 12 with about 2½ minutes left when Jakob Gollon - one of the heroes of the Duke upset two days earlier - threw the ball away in the lane, then fouled out a few seconds later.
    
Jordan McRae hit two free throws, and Richardson added a fast-break layup to push the Tennessee lead to 77-61 with 1½ minutes left.
    
McRae finished with 13 points for the Volunteers, who have won eight of nine with the only loss coming to the top-ranked Gators in the SEC tournament.
    
They are in the round of 16 for the fourth time in eight years, and the third team to go from the First Four to the Sweet 16 since the introduction of the extra round in 2011.
    
They also got a bit of payback: Mercer ended Tennessee's season last year with a 75-67 win in the first round of the NIT.