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Trash Talk Between Tennessee, Iowa Has Already Started

Two Tennessee basketball players smiling on the court.

KNOXVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 29: Grant Williams #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers and Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrate on the bench during the second half of the game between the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on December 29, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 96-53. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

Tennessee, the No. 2 seed in the South, will meet 10th-seeded Iowa in a second round game on Sunday. The Vols held off Colgate, while the Hawkeyes took down seventh-seeded Cincinnati.

These two teams don't have much history against each other, but there might be a little bit of a feud building. At least, Tennessee star Admiral Schofield hinted at one when speaking to the media a little while ago.

Schofield hails from Illinois and played high school basketball outside of Chicago, and his older brother played college football at Wisconsin. Thus, he says he doesn't care much for Iowa.

Additionally, Schofield said some Iowa players were dishing out smack in the tunnel after Tennessee's game against Colgate.

Now, we don't know exactly what might have been said here. We just have to take Schofield's word that trash talk was spoken.

Either way, this should be an intriguing matchup on Sunday. Most pundits expected Iowa to lose to Cincinnati, particularly with the game in Columbus. Plus, the Hawkeyes had slumped down the stretch while the Bearcats won their conference tournament.

But they don't play the games on paper, and it will be Iowa against Tennessee with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. Tennessee hasn't advanced that far since 2014, while the Hawkeyes haven't made a Sweet 16 since 1999.