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

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Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, the Volunteers' shooting needed to go into arctic regions for Arkansas to overtake Tennessee.

Hot shooting propelled No. 2 seed Tennessee to an impressive 84-66 wire-to-wire victory over the sixth-seeded Arkansas in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Scottrade Center.

SGA banked in a three-pointer early in the first half to extend the Cats lead to 12.

Arkansas awaits its NCAA Tournament opponent.

"I think so, but obviously we won't know until he goes through his pregame warmup", said Gentry. "I wanted this tournament". "I'm all right. Just my nose is stinging a little bit, but I'm okay". "It's not hitting me yet". Knox leads Kentucky in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Washington leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.5 boards per game and Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Wildcats in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. "It gave us a lot of energy and we shot a really good percentage it was what we need".

The veteran big man is in the midst of a MVP-caliber season, averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals over 36.5 minutes per game. "In the second half, we tried to change the narrative". Tennessee is 25-7 overall, 4-1 on a neutral floor and 18-12 against the spread.

HALFTIME - Tennessee 48, Arkansas 29.

In the Razorbacks' last contest, they defeated the No. 23 Florida Gators, 80-72.

This is Tennessee's first SEC Championship game appearance since 2009 when the Vols fell 64-61 to Mississippi State.

"I thought the toll of three days might have caught up with us", Anderson said. They're working really hard.

Kentucky coach John Calipari wondered at halftime how his team would respond to the surge Tennessee had to end the first half. "It's basketball. You win, lose, put it behind you and say, hey now we've got to get ready for the next game and that's what we'll do". "It's really just playing within the offense". Play continued however as Weatherspoon lay under the basket, and he got stomped on in the head/neck area by an opposing player jumping at full speed on the ensuing possession. No big deal. Beating Tennessee for the second time in one season?

"We didn't have any energy today". Three-Pointers - Arkansas 6-15 (Barford 3-6, Macon 2-3, Beard 1-4, Jones 0-2), Tennessee 11-17 (Schofield 2-2, Bone 3-4, Turner 3-6, Daniel 3-4, Johnson 0-1). He had 17 points and eight rebounds in the half to pace all players.

"They pretty much just picked us apart", Gafford said. We got back in the game, had a chance.

Many fans expect Tennessee to win the SEC tournament and then land a third or fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"That's the blessing of a double bye", Schofield said. If you remember back to that time in Tennessee basketball history, it feels like a completely different university in a completely different era.

The win over Arkansas was the first for the Vols (25-7) over the Hogs in three years under head coach Rick Barnes.



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