Tennessee Basketball: Vols get ugly win, move onto semifinals

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Tennessee beat Kentucky 61-59 in the first and only meeting back in Lexington this season. Bone ended up with 19 points and four assists. Admiral Schofield added 16 points for Tennessee, while Grant Williams, Kyle Alexander and James Daniel III finished with 12 points apiece.

No doubt. Bone was 7 of 7 in the first half, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range, as Tennessee built a 48-29 lead at the break and coasted to the win.

The second-seeded Volunteers (24-7) led almost the entire game, but the Bulldogs (22-11) had an opportunity to take the lead in the final 10 seconds. It looks like they've really made a commitment to really play big, strong basketball inside. 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.

The Razorbacks were led by their three senior guards, as Daryl Macon led Arkansas with 19 points, going 7-of-7 from the free throw line and 5-of-10 from the field.

Tennessee's Lamonte Turner scored a team-high 15 points in the win, hitting 6 of 13 shots from the field for a 46.2% field goal percentage.

As Weatherspoon was loaded onto a stretcher, players from both Mississippi State and Tennessee came over to wish him well.

The Tennessee Volunteers survived Mississippi State 62-59 Friday night, and though the game was closer than many liked, Vols fans are feeling optimistic.

The Kentucky Wildcats, anchored by head coach John Calipari finished fourth in the SEC regular season standings, with a 10-8 conference record.

In early January, the Volunteers erased an eight-point halftime deficit and pulled away from the Wildcats in Knoxville.

Kentucky enters the game Sunday off an 86-63 drubbing of Alabama in their semifinal game.

Tennessee: The Volunteers won their last SEC Tournament championship in 1979 when they defeated Kentucky in the title game.

"I think the games have slowed down more than anything", said Schofield, "I am not searching for shots and just letting it come to me and getting open". UT did surpass its season high for three-point shooting with 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from deep.

The 13th-ranked Volunteers improved to 24-7 and advanced to play the victor sixth-seeded Arkansas in the semifinals Saturday.

Who We Like: Even though Mississippi State's offense was firing on all cylinders last night versus LSU, this is a good spot to take the under. We usually play with a lot of energy out there. And yet it also sent a message, whether intended or not, that these Vols will take a back seat to no one, especially a team they've already beaten twice this season. Tennessee's latest victory over Kentucky on February 6 was a part of a four-game losing streak that had Big Blue Nation concerned. "We've got our confidence going".