Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made the first throw with 1.3 seconds left and intentionally missed the second, but Tennessee came up with the rebound as time ran out. The joyous Vols (18-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) came away with just their fifth Rupp Arena victory and first since 2006 while handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss. “Scoring was hard to come by, and we just stayed with it defensively,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “We stayed in it and were able to get it at the end.” Jordan Bowden had 13 points and Schofield 12 for the Vols, who won a game in which both teams shot 42 percent. Quade Green and Gilgeous-Alexander each had 15 points for Kentucky (17-7, 6-5), which fell four games back of Auburn (21-2, 9-1) for first place in the SEC.
Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner talks about the sequence leading to his go-ahead 3-pointer that helped the No. 15 Volunteers beat Mo 24 Kentucky 61-59. pic.twitter.com/p6uBwKvEV7— Gary Graves (@GaryBGraves) February 7, 2018
BIG PICTURE Tennessee: For the third time during their winning streak, the Volunteers didn’t have to shoot well to win the game. More impressively, they were efficient and stay poised in a hostile environment where they had lost their last 10 visits — especially Turner, who came off the bench to make 6 of 10 from the field including a clutch basket. Kentucky: The Wildcats battled but seemingly couldn’t stop the Volunteers every time they managed to grab a lead. While baskets were critical, rebounds were key and they were edged 32-30 on the glass by Tennessee. Kevin Knox had 10 points. SHUT OUT Kentucky redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo posted his first scoreless game with the Wildcats, missing all three shots including two from long range. POLL IMPLICATIONS The Vols’ sweep of the Wildcats could impress voters enough to move them up. Kentucky’s loss means it must seek redemption at Texas A&M to stay ranked. UP NEXT Tennessee visits Alabama on Saturday. Kentucky visits Texas A&M on Saturday. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Enjoy. 👇 pic.twitter.com/YKH4jbnmFH— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) February 7, 2018