UK claims 31st SEC Tournament crown in 77-72 win over Vols

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UK claims 31st SEC Tournament crown in 77-72 win over Vols

Before we preview both teams and give our prediction, here is the information you need for Sunday's SEC Tournament Championship Game.

It's UK's fourth straight SEC Tournament championship victory. No big deal. Beating Tennessee for the second time in one season?

Tennessee won 13 SEC games and shared the regular season championship with Auburn, but comes to the gateway city this weekend looking for the ultimate tiebreaker: an SEC Tournament Championship.

Schofield said he couldn't discredit the Razorbacks, who beat the Vols 95-93 in overtime in Walton Arena on December 30 to open SEC play.

"We have so much respect for Arkansas", said Barnes. "We're not a team that that's what we live and die with". That marked the first time Kentucky did not lead since the first 30 seconds of the game.

He was on fire against Alabama in Kentucky's semifinal game, scoring 23 points off the bench, including 7-of-7 from 3-point range.

That continued after the break as Jordan Bone quickly tied the game with a mid-range jumper.

"We just have a standard we're trying to play toward", Schofield said.

Jordan Bone banked in a three-pointer from the left corner - you read that right - to bring Tennessee within 68-67. "But it was our defense that was really good".

Grant Williams finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.

Admiral Schofield insists Tennessee's play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament isn't about validating the school's remarkable and surprising regular season. That's why we are so unsafe and the way we're playing defense right now is unbelievable.

"He was big, man", Bone said of Schofield. In those two games, Tennessee scored 73 points per game.

Kentucky continued its intense effort that started with the win over Georgia Friday when it held the Bulldogs to 28 percent shooting.

As for Tennessee, this could be their first title since the 1979 season. The Volunteers are shooting 5-of-26 (20 percent) from the field and 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range. But, the Vols just wouldn't go away.

The Tennessee Volunteers punched their ticket to the conference title game thanks to an 84-66 win over Alabama in their last outing. They'll have to beat red-hot Kentucky for a third time this season.

"They're a totally different team than they were then", Barnes said of Kentucky.

"I thought they were fresher, I thought they were crisper than we were", Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said. They're working really hard. "I think that's what cost us".

The Volunteers would hit some timely shots to keep Arkansas from making a run, as 11 is as close the Razorbacks could get in the second half. While diving for a loose ball, Schofield was hit in the face and was examined in the locker room for a reported nose injury. Jaylen Barford added 14, while Anton Beard posted 11.

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