Who will walk away with the SEC Tournament Championship on Sunday, March 11, 2018 when Tennessee faces Kentucky at 1PM ET? The defense for Kentucky was locked in for the first 17 minutes, forcing three turnovers while holding Tennessee to 19 percent from the field and under 12 percent from behind the arc in that span.
Jordan Bone scored 17 first half points and shot 8/11 from the floor.
Kentucky has won 11 straight games in the SEC Tournament.
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"We got coach of the year, player of the year SEC", fan Bryan McClary said.
However, the Vols are the highest-seeded SEC team in the tournament, and now we know where they'll be going as a No. 3 seed. Kentucky was led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's 29 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
As the second half began, Tennessee kept charging. "We were more aggressive because he has unbelievable speed and getting what we call the crack down the lane. That had a lot to do with our offense". Freshman forward Darious Hall had 11 points and 7 rebounds off the bench, and freshman forward Daniel Gafford had 8 points and 5 rebounds.
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The Wildcats have won their last three games by 24, 24 and 19 points, not exactly a tune-up for something called March Madness. Sophomore Alpha Diallo led three scorers in double figures for the upset-minded Friars with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vols beat Kentucky 76-65 in Knoxville back in January and defeated them 61-59 in Lexington in February.
"Kentucky is a totally different team than they were then", said Barnes. "I thought they had more energy than we did".
Rick Barnes calls timeout as Kentucky extends its lead to 15 points. It looks like they've really made a commitment to really play big, strong basketball inside.
Gabriel went 7 for 7 from 3-point range, leading Kentucky past Alabama to set up a championship game showdown on Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis with the surging Volunteers. But I actually think this team could make some noise this tournament. Tennessee's trainer took him to the locker room to be examined, and he was visibly shaken by the contact. Lamonte Turner added 9 points and 4 assists of his own in the winning effort for Tennessee. The Volunteers rank 60th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.0 percent), while Arkansas ranks 298th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.6 percent).
Admiral Schofield paced the second-seeded Volunteers (25-8) with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Grant Williams finished with 15 points.
The 13th-ranked Volunteers improved to 24-7 and advanced to play the victor sixth-seeded Arkansas in the semifinals Saturday.