"The good thing is, because of what they've done throughout the whole season, their body of work, they get a chance to play again", Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. This should be a great crowd for the title game of this tournament.
Of course, the matchup isn't much of a surprise when you consider how Tennessee and Kentucky have played over the last several weeks, and that should make for a fun game on Sunday. Kentucky has won 8 national titles, and 126 NCAA Tournament games. "And then I had to ask". "We were more aggressive because he has wonderful speed and getting what we call the crack down the lane". But I come back to this: We needed to lose those games.
Despite racing to a 17-point lead in the first half Sunday, the Wildcats' seemingly annual SEC Tournament coronation was delayed by a Tennessee team trying to win its first title in nearly 40 years. Freshman guard Darious Hall also added 11 points to go along with seven rebounds. Kevin Knox added 18, Gabriel 12 and Quade Green 10. "There's a lot of teams in the country that don't get that opportunity". So I think tomorrow will be that kind of game.
"It's hard to really flush that", Admiral Schofield said after scoring a team- high 22 points for Tennessee.
Grant Williams finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Tennessee hit 20 of 60 shots from the field (33.3 percent), 5 of 20 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 17 of 28 shots from the foul line (60.7 percent). The final lead came on a mid-range jumper from Jordan Bowden that gave the Vols a one-point edge with 4:53 to go. "We were tougher and more locked in in the second half, but the first half, we weren't the team that beat them the first two times where we were locked in for 40 minutes, and that's what cost us the game".
"I wouldn't say we're trying to prove anything", Tennessee's Admiral Schofield said. "We weren't playing the way we were capable of; we just weren't locked in".
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The shots just kept falling for No. 13 Tennessee in the first half of their semifinal rout of Arkansas on Saturday. The trip will make Tennessee the fourth school Barnes has taken to the tournament, joining Providence, Clemson and Texas.
Kentucky has an all-time record of 133-25 in the SEC Tournament, and has won 12 in a row.
Down two points, Xavian Stapleton missed a 3-point shot in the closing seconds as the Bulldogs fell 62-59 to the co-regular season champion Volunteers at the Scottrade Center.
Davis now owns career averages of 23.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. The Tennessee Volunteers are -1 over the Kentucky Wildcats in SEC action on Sunday.
For the first time since 2014, the Vols are playing in the NCAA Tournament. An 8-0 run pulled the Razorbacks within 11 points with 15:24 remaining in the game.
A 3-point play by Quinndary Weatherspoon had the Bulldogs within 51-49 with 6:34 left.