SGA banked in a three-pointer early in the first half to extend the Cats lead to 12. Quade Green had 10 points and two assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes. The Vols were in the middle of the Bruce Pearl era, were a season removed from the team that made it to No. 1 in the country briefly, and were just another year away from the program's only Elite Eight run.
Tennessee would not relinquish its lead, though, converting on 14 of its 16 trips to the free-throw line during the frame to halt any possible comeback by the Razorbacks. Schofield, however, responded by scoring Tennessee's final 13 points of the half, capping a 15-3 run that pulled the Volunteers within 36-31 at halftime. Arkansas defeated Tennessee 95-93 in overtime on December 30 in Fayetteville, a game in which Macon and Barford combined to score 61 points. 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. "The biggest thing is we try to go out to every game with that mindset, like we're trying to ideal our standard". United Kingdom is 11-0 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.
"They pretty much just picked us apart", Gafford said. He proceeded to sting together an impressive rookie campaign en route to registering 13.5 points, 8.2 boards, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per contest. The Vols also shot a season-high 64.7 percent (11 of 17) on three-pointers.
It's the 31st title in tournament history for the Wildcats, whose No. 4 seed in the event was the lowest in Calipari's nine seasons at the school.
Kentucky finished the season 23-10 overall and 10-8 in the SEC, good enough for a third place finish in the conference. "I've been watching them". They can't be that old team Sunday if they want to reverse this season's trend against the Vols.
Tennessee will be look for that type of offensive continuity on Sunday afternoon vs. the Wildcats who they have already beaten twice this season. But I actually think this team could make some noise this tournament.
The Tennessee Volunteers (25-7) are coming from an 84-66 win over Arkansas in which Jordan Bone scored 19 points.
Admiral Schofield had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tennessee, which was attempting to win its first tournament championship since 1979.
James Daniel III shot three-of-four from three-point range, helping him add 12 points to the Vols' cause.
The most surprising thing about Tennessee's fast start Saturday was that Arkansas was able to keep pace, for the most part, over the course of 10 minutes when the one shot the Volunteers missed was the only layup they attempted. Lamonte Turner added 9 points and 4 assists of his own in the winning effort for Tennessee.
The 13th-ranked Volunteers improved to 24-7 and advanced to play the victor sixth-seeded Arkansas in the semifinals Saturday. Blocks - Arkansas 2 (Barford 2), Tennessee 6 (Alexander 2).
United Kingdom had 10 turnovers today.