College Basketball: Gabriel nets 12 as Kentucky wins SEC

  • College Basketball: Gabriel nets 12 as Kentucky wins SEC

College Basketball: Gabriel nets 12 as Kentucky wins SEC

Aldridge had 13 points and seven rebounds.

All-SEC wing Admiral Schofield led the Vols (25-8) with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Suddenly, he was off.

"I see a lot of media talk about (it helping) teams that lost because some players weren't there, they weren't playing at their best, so hopefully they put us in that conversation", Alkins said after UA beat USC 75-61 Saturday to win the Pac-12 Tournament title. Kentucky rolled past Georgia and Alabama in its first two games of the tourney but had a harder time with the Volunteers during the final session of the five-day event. Petty nailed a 3. He averages just over 21 minutes per game.

It didn't change what became an 86-63 loss as much as it fixed Petty's shot. They reaped the No. 8 seed in the East Region and will face ninth-seeded Alabama in the first round at about 9:20 p.m. Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Petty spoke candidly about his struggles Sunday evening.

"I've been told that doesn't matter at all", Calipari said facetiously. "They have times when they don't make shots and that was one of my times but I feel like I got my confidence back coming into the tournament". "We (don't have) a flawless resume - there's nobody in the country, I think, that has a flawless resume - but, boy, we got some outstanding wins, outstanding wins, and we've played in some tough environments".

Coach Avery Johnson pulled Petty to the side and reminded him to keep pulling from deep.

They don't just play defense, they've revolutionized it, suffocating opponents and sucking the air out of games. "Once I saw one go in, I felt very confident about shooting the next one".

"I love the fact that we can go on the road and lose a game and not go to the play-in game in Dayton", Calipari said.

Everything was falling for Kentucky in the first half, as the Cats took a 33-16 lead with less than five minutes left in the period. Still, Petty was in the game with the green light.

"It's ended up the way it's ended up, and fortunately we're still alive", Johnson said.

That's crucial with uncertainty surrounding junior forward Donta Hall. So Virginia Tech was among the final teams listed.

On the other hand, Alabama will have the most talented player on the court in Collin Sexton.

UK's coaching staff wasn't really sure what it would get out of Gilgeous-Alexander, but some teammates could make a guess. Ayton's frontcourt mate, Dusan Ristic, will also benefit from Ayton's dominance and will likely get many high-percentage looks.

"Crazy things happen in sports", Johnson said. I like my team. Williams' squad lost to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament and dropped a home game against Louisville toward the end of the season.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. and his teammates react to Virginia Tech being selected for the tournament.