Two late turnovers cost Kentucky basketball against the Vols

Two late turnovers cost Kentucky basketball against the Vols

"He's a competitor", Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said of Turner.

Lamonte Turner led the Vols with 16 points, and Jordan Bowden heated up for 11 of his 13 points in the second half. Deandre Burnett, who entered the game averaging 15.2 points per game, scored just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting from the floor.

"We had some spells where we were so bad", Calipari said. It's time the nation starts talking about them, because if they keep playing with the confidence and toughness they displayed Tuesday, they are going to be a tough out for anyone come March.

The Volunteers (17-5, 7-3 SEC) have won five straight, including a 94-61 rout of Ole Miss last weekend in Knoxville.

Tennessee turned the misplay into instant offense - a quick pass from Jordan Bowden to Admiral Schofield for a dunk. While the SEC only has one team (Auburn) projected to be a No. 3 seed or higher, having so many teams in the tourney is a sign of the conference's strength.

Williams finished with 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists.

Tennessee: For the third time during their winning streak, the Volunteers didn't have to shoot well to win the game.

One of the areas Kentucky needs to focus on is its offense after posting season lows in last week's 69-60 loss at Missouri.

The game remained unusual in the second half. The Vols outscored Ole Miss 59-36 after halftime.

Rather than risk letting Kentucky make a three-point shot, the Volunteers fouled Gilgeous-Alexander in the final four seconds. "Unfortunately, we were under it".

Kentucky, by contrast, shot just 31.3 percent in its loss at Missouri, including 10 percent from 3-point range, 2-of-20. But German missed from distance and Jackson, who scored 13, added two free throws to seal it.

Tennessee would foul Kentucky with 1.3 seconds to go to prevent a three from being taken, and the Wildcats would hit the first free throw and miss the second on goal. Tennessee answered with a 9-0 run and stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the way.

While unable to box out and rebound, the Rebels also couldn't buy a bucket, and at the helm of the shooting struggles was Deandre Burnett. Turner has come off the bench to score 15 or more points seven times and has scored 20 or more points four times this season.

A 33-point score line is supposed to be reserved for matchups like "warm-up games" between Duke and Coastal Carolina - not an in-conference, February tilt. At the under-12 minute TV timeout, the Cats hit a stretch of 4-plus minutes without a field goal.

Tennessee visits Alabama on Saturday.

But Tennessee had plenty of players to help pick up the slack.

This is an important game for both teams.

Tennessee had a scary moment early in the second half when Schofield appeared to hurt his right ankle while defending a 3-point attempt by Davis. The Wildcats pushed the ball up the court and Green converted the lay up.

"I made mistakes at the end and cost them (players) the game", he said.

Those comments were made after the team posted its fourth loss by at least 24 points since January 1 and ninth defeat by double-digits in this stretch. We had to make some adjustments (last year) in how we were going to play and what was going to be successful, but that's on me to do, which I'm trying to do.



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