SEC Championship Predictions: Can Tennessee beat Kentucky again? 3/11/18

SEC Championship Predictions: Can Tennessee beat Kentucky again? 3/11/18

Tennessee was looking for its first SEC Tournament title since 1979, when the Vols beat Kentucky three times. Kentucky (23-10) defeated Alabama 86-63 in the first semifinal contest.

"The start didn't help us in any way, but you can't blame it on any one part of the game", Bone said. "We're not a team that that's what we live and die with".

The Cats made 84.2 percent of their shots in the second half against the Tide.

"We came out the first half and arguably played the best basketball we've played all year", Barnes said after his team eliminated Arkansas. Some signs of life with the first half coming to a close. "Jordan Bone was terrific, and the team feeds off him when he's out there playing with the speed and quickness that he has". Rick Barnes calls timeout as Kentucky extends its lead to 15 points.

"I just have to be aggressive", said Bone. The Vols were one of the last four teams to make it in and played in the play-in game against Iowa as an 11-seed.

The Vol defense was also stout. The duo had 33 points on Saturday on a combined 9-of-18 shooting, but the rest of Arkansas' players shot only 35.5 percent (11 of 31) in the loss. "Obviously, they were making some shots". That's why we are so risky and the way we're playing defense right now is fantastic.

The 1941 and 1943 conference championship games between Tennessee and Kentucky were decided by three points, with the Volunteers taking both of those victories.

Five Vols finished in double figures.

Admiral Schofield scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds and likely could've had more. 'Does everybody get to go to the SEC Tournament?' I wasn't even sure we'd get here.

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"And he makes a lot of plays, two foot plays, and it opens up scoring opportunities for everybody". The Volunteers, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3, had an absurd mark of 48.9 and had a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.275).

The Vols put on a show offensively, shooting 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field. That marked a season-high for field-goal percentage in a half this season by the Vols, surpassing 71.4 percent against Ole Miss at home on February 2.

Kentucky never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the game.

The win gives United Kingdom an automatic berth in this year's NCAA Division I Tournament, although the Wildcats were nearly certainly guaranteed to be in the field regardless of the outcome Sunday. Will the third time be the charm for John Calipari's young squad?

"They're a totally different team than they were then". "I told you a few weeks ago not to count Kentucky out when they had some struggles. That let me know he was all right".

At that point, Tennessee warmed to the task, as 13 points from Admiral Schofield sparked a 15-3 Tennessee run to end the half.

In the three games of the tourney, he averaged 21 points, five rebounds and 6.7 assists.

Schofield was the spark behind the run for the Big Orange, dropping 13 points behind three consecutive treys during the final 3:17 of play.

After Tennessee took and missed a quick and questionable three-point shot, it was Sacha Killeya-Jones' turn to be in the right spot at the right time.

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