Thursday, February 2

Tennessee knocks Wildcats out of SEC Tournament


TAMPA, Fla. – Kentucky basketball’s SEC Tournament stay is ending early.

The No. 3 seed Wildcats fell 69-62 to No. 2 seed Tennessee in the semifinals Saturday, ending hopes of possibly playing their way into a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Now, Kentucky heads into Selection Sunday as a likely No. 2 seed waiting to learn if it will be seeded high enough on the S-curve to play its first and second games in Indianapolis. 

After the two teams split home blowouts in the regular season, Tennessee was able to take control early in the semifinal game despite a partisan pro-Kentucky crowd in Amalie Arena.

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The Volunteers never trailed again after taking a 7-4 lead on a Josiah-Jordan James 3 just more than three minutes into the game. By halftime, Tennessee had stretched its lead to 11 points.

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