Cats Win 31st SEC Tournament Title

Vols know UK will be “hungry to beat us”

The Volunteers rank 60th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.0 percent), while Arkansas ranks 298th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.6 percent). But for Tennessee to beat Kentucky three times in one year?

The Wildcats crushed No. 9 Alabama 86-63 in the first semifinal.

Arkansas now awaits its selection into the NCAA Tournament, as the Razorbacks will find out its seeding on Selection Sunday. "It's not hitting me yet". He finished out the first half with the last 13 points for Tennessee, cutting that huge Kentucky lead to just five going into the locker room. Guard Daryl Macon said that gave the Vols an edge they won't have against Kentucky.

But it was Bone who left the tired Razorbacks search for answers in the first half, hitting 7 of 7 from the field and all of his 3-point attempts.

As the second half began, Tennessee kept charging.

Admiral Schofield had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee (25-8), which was attempting to win its first tournament championship since 1979. "I thought they had more energy than we did".

The game was the third in three days for the Razorbacks, who defeated No. 3 seed Florida on Friday night and left the Scottrade Center less than 15 hours before Saturday's tip.

Mississippi State guard Nick Weatherspoon is conscious and has movement in his extremities after suffering a scary upper-body injury in the Bulldogs' loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal. has the Hogs traveling to Wichita (second best site for the Razorback Nation) to take on either Arizona State or Texas, which could pit two longtime Southwest Conference rivals. "We usually come with a lot of energy". "They dug down real deep after being down 19 at halftime". He scored 19 points on 8 of 11 shots - including 3 of 4 three-pointers - and had 4 assists with 1 turnover.

"What we just witnessed was a group of young kids coming together and becoming a team", Payne said. "We're winning games of work, off team work, off fighting, off just scrapping to get wins". "The biggest thing is we can't go in with the mindset that we beat them twice", Tennessee's Admiral Schofield, who had 16 points and seven rebounds, said. His 29 points were one off his career high of 30.

"We didn't have any energy today", Macon said. "So I think tomorrow will be that kind of game".

The back-and-forth battle between the two teams continued after Kentucky's run.

Lamonte Turner hit a three on the next possession to push it back out to 14, but again Arkansas cut it to 11 with a Darious Hall free throw.

"A month ago, I wasn't sure we'd be in the tournament", Calipari said. "But we came out in the second half and played better".

Mississippi State then lost its final regular season game against LSU, but got revenge against the Tigers with an 80-77 victory Thursday night to open the SEC Tournament.