Kentucky wins its fourth straight SEC Tournament championship | Lexington Herald Leader


"Starting the game we were really aggressive and shots were falling", Tennessee guard Jordan Bone said.

Beating Florida for the first time in five years?

Early in the second half of Mississippi State's SEC Tournament game against Tennessee, Weatherspoon fell awkwardly on a layup attempt and appeared to injure his hip.

When you are betting on the SEC title game from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Sunday take the Kentucky Wildcats over the Tennessee Volunteers.

Said Schofield: "We have a motto: Run it back". The biggest thing is we try to go out to every game with that mindset like we're trying to flawless our standard. "I have to be aggressive in order for us to be an effective team". "We'll be ready. Right now, it's just about who wants it bad enough". Will he like the team that went from a predicted finish of next to last in the conference to a share of the conference title during the regular season? The Tennessee Volunteers are 25-7 on the season, and have won 6 straight games, including a blowout win Saturday over Arkansas. Tennessee was 19 of 25 from the field in the first half of its win and Kentucky was 16 of 19 in the second half against Alabama. Add in Kyle Alexander's 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, and it's clear that as good as the outside shooting was, the inside game remained dominant. As a team, Kentucky is scoring 76.7 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

"First half, we arguably played the best basketball we have all year", Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "The team actually feeds a lot off him when he's out there playing with the speed and quickness that he has".

Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 19 points in Kentucky's win over Alabama Saturday, is looking forward to playing the Volunteers for the third time this year.

As Tennessee cooled off a bit to start the second half, Arkansas got back with 11 points with 15:24 left in the game.

The Volunteers advance to the semifinals, as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks later today.

That will no longer be the case in the championship game, when they get their shot at No. 1 seed Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon after taking down the Shockers in a semifinal that featured high drama over the last 10 minutes.

"They were fresher, they were crisper and had more energy than we did", Anderson said. The Cats reached their average of three-pointers in a game (5.2) when Knox made one with 9:22 left in the first half. Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 points. Regardless of Sunday's result, Tennessee already had a spot in next week's NCAA Tournament.

United Kingdom took care of business in the tournament final Sunday from St. Louis, beating Tennessee 77-72.