Cats claim fourth straight SEC title

  • Cats claim fourth straight SEC title

Cats claim fourth straight SEC title

No. 13 ranked Tennessee (25-8) dropped the SEC Championship to Kentucky at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, but had little time to dwell on the defeat as they looked ahead to Selection Sunday.

Four players are averaging at least 9.5 points per game for Tennessee, they are Grant Williams (15.3), Admiral Schofield (13.6), Lamonte Turner (10.7) and Jordan Bowden (9.5). Tennessee, the league co-champions, wouldn't go quietly and even took back the lead at one point, but the Volunteers couldn't pry the title away from the Cats nor SEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors from Gilgeous-Alexander.

United Kingdom improves to 24-10 and has seemingly improved its NCAA Tournament seed drastically with a hot finish to the season.

This could be the year that Kentucky's SEC Tournament dominance finally takes a loss.

"I'm nervous but I'm calm because just getting to the tournament for the first time in 11 years is big", he said. Gilgeous-Alexander had 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists to lead United Kingdom to victory on Sunday. But as he has all tournament, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had the answer.

In a game of runs that came down to the wire, the four-seed Kentucky basketball team defeate...

Tennessee (25-8) also finished as the league's highest-seeded team, No. 10 overall while Auburn (25-7) was the 13th seed, Kentucky (24-10) the No. 17 seed, Florida (20-12) the No. 21 seed, Texas A&M (20-12) the No. 25 seed, Arkansas (23-11) the No. 26 seed, Missouri (20-12) the No. 32 seed and Alabama (19-15) the No. 36 seed. They made only five of their first 25 shots and fell behind 33-16 midway through the first half. The Wildcats will start their quest for a ninth national championship way out west.

Calipari has a knack for getting his teams to peak at the right time.

The Lady Vols beat Liberty 102-58 in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Whoever wins the game between Tennessee and Liberty will advance to Sunday's second round and play the victor of a game between sixth-seeded Oregon State and eleventh-seeded Western Kentucky. Instead of cracking under pressure after blowing that big first-half lead, they responded with multiple runs that eventually sealed the win.