Tennessee vs. Kentucky - 3/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 11, 2018,
Mar 11, 2018, 22:46
It was UT's first SEC Tournament title game appearance since a 64-61 loss to Mississippi State in Tampa in 2009.
The mercurial sophomore has started games with a vengeance several times this season before deferring to teammates Lamonte Turner, Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams to handle the offensive workload.
"This stage is different", Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. PJ Washington leads in rebounds with 5.4 while Gilgeous-Alexander tops in assists with 4.9 per game.
Though Houston's NCAA tournament hopes were set before this tournament even began, winning it all could raise the Cougars' seed when the announcements are made Sunday. Arkansas had three of its first five shots blocked, leaving coach Mike Anderson's team to play from behind throughout. After a long two by Knox, Kentucky held an 8-3 advantage after the first media timeout.
"Wow, where did he shoot that baby from?" "He shot that one form the Cardinals baseball stadium".
Kentucky has picked up wins over Georgia and Alabama this weekend to reach the SEC final.
When Quade Green hit a pull-up jumper from the foul line with 4:31 left, Kentucky led 33-16 and the United Kingdom fans in attendance rose and applauded its approval. Tennessee has won the conference tournament four times, with their last victory coming in 1979.
"I'm excited for our team to get a chance to play in the postseason", Howland said.
"We have so much respect for Arkansas", said Barnes. But this is also a testament to Rick Barnes, who made sure Tennessee basketball could withstand such drama this year.
Tennessee hit 11 of its first 12 shots and shot 76 percent overall in racing out to a commanding 48-29 halftime lead over Arkansas.
Kentucky answered with a 14-2 run, to go up 52-43 on a Knox layup.
Jerry Palm, CBSsports.com, and Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com, are both really good at predicting the bracket, especially the 68 teams that make the field, but they aren't flawless. I've been watching them.
Tennessee didn't go away, but the Vols didn't complete the comeback successfully, either.
Although two free throws by Gilgeous-Alexander put United Kingdom ahead 68-62 with 2:53 left, it nearly wasn't enough.
Those shots began a 14-2 United Kingdom run that built a 52-43 lead with 12:42 left.
For the contest, MSU hit 20 of 56 shots from the field (35.7 percent), 5 of 21 shots from 3-point range (23.8 percent) and 14 of 16 shots from the foul line (87.5 percent). Play resumed after a 10-minute stoppage.
Despite the bitter end for Tennessee, Barnes still has a team capable of doing big things as an at-large in the NCAA tournament.
"We have to get rest tonight and just do what we do". And we've got depth. Kentucky vs Tennessee live stream is on WatchESPN.
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.
Jordan Bone banked in a three-pointer from the left corner - you read that right - to bring Tennessee within 68-67.