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What do we need to know about Tennessee?
At this point, we all know how good the Tennessee Volunteers are and what they’re capable of. In this rubber match game, fans from both teams are expecting an all-out war.
Junior forward Grant Williams, who has taken home back-to-back SEC Player of the Year honors, is currently averaging 19.2 points per game, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.2 steals in 32.2 minutes per game. He’s the team’s best all-around player, leading the way in scoring, rebounding, and steals.
Admiral Schofield is star on the wing, averaging 16.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 0.5 blocks per contest. The 6-foot-6 forward is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and an impressive 41.2 percent from three.
Point guard Jordan Bone averages 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and a team-high 6.2 assists per contest in 32.5 minutes per game.
Outside of the big three, guards Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner round out the team’s double-digit scorers, with Bowden managing 10.5 points per contest and Turner averaging ten points per game, respectively.
Forward Kyle Anderson is also a major spark off the bench, averaging 7.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per contest. He’s also shooting a team-high 42.9 percent from three.
As a team, they are leading the conference with 82.3 points per game, ahead of LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Kentucky, among others. They are also leading the SEC in field goal percentage by over two percent, managing 49.9 percent from the floor each outing (Kentucky shoots 47.7 percent on the year, No. 2 in the SEC).
The Volunteers are No. 1 in assists (18.9 per game), last in total number of turnovers (357, 24 fewer than any other team in the SEC), No. 2 in free throws (76.1 percent), and No. 3 in rebounds per game (38).
Needless to say, they’re an impressive bunch capable of winning not only the SEC Tournament, but the NCAA Tournament, as well.
After both teams dominated in their quarterfinal matchups, the Wildcats are favored by 1.5 points against the Volunteers, including an over/under total set at 142.
Kentucky is 17-15-0 against the spread this year while Tennessee sits at 16-14-1 overall, with each team covering the spread in just four of the last ten games.
ESPN’s matchup predictor slightly favors Kentucky 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent and expects the Cats to win by an average score of 71.7 to 70, while Massey Ratings projects a 72-71 victory for Tennessee, giving them a 51 percent chance of advancing to the SEC Championship.
Prepare on the KSR Pregame Show
Before the Kentucky takes the court, listen to the KSR crew preview the matchup between the Cats and the Volunteers. All of the action begins on 630 WLAP or online at noon CT (1 ET).
Unfortunately, the show will not be live from Tin Roof as planned due to Matt losing his voice. They’ll still go live, it just won’t be open to the public.
KSR Pregame Show will not be at Tin Roof this morning due to my faltering voice
It will still air at 1 pm on all the affiliates and iHeart Radio
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 16, 2019
How to Watch and Listen
Karl Ravech, Dick Vitale, and Laura Rutledge are on the call for ESPN beginning at noon CT (1 ET). If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-119
- Online: iHeart Radio
SEC Tournament Bracket Update
And then there were four.
Yesterday afternoon, the No. 8 Florida Gators drilled a game-winning 3-pointer with just one second left to defeat No. 1 LSU 76-73 to get things started.
Right after, No. 5 Auburn was able to grind out a 73-64 victory over South Carolina. They’ll get things going today starting at noon CT (1:00 p.m. ET).
In the afternoon session, No. 2 Kentucky dominated against No. 10 Alabama, winning 73-55. Right after, No. 3 Tennessee won in similar fashion against No. 6 Mississippi State, setting up a rubber match between both schools in the semifinals this afternoon.
Check out the entire updated bracket:
Let’s get this money.