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Kentucky Defeats Tennessee 77-72 to Win 2018 SEC Tournament Title

For the 32nd time, the Kentucky Wildcats are SEC Tournament Champs.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the star, finishing with a team-high 29 points, but Sacha Killeya-Jones saved the day.  His put-back dunk with 3:36 to play gave the Cats a four-point lead and enough momentum to carry Kentucky to a 77-72 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers.

For a while it looked like Kentucky was going to run away with the game.  The Cats led by as many as 17 in the first half, until Admiral Schofield took over.  He scored the Vols’ final 13 points of the half to close UK’s lead to five.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, but the Cats persevered through front-court foul trouble to avenge two regular season losses to Tennessee and win a fourth consecutive SEC Tournament Title.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

49 responses to “Kentucky Defeats Tennessee 77-72 to Win 2018 SEC Tournament Title”

  1. JusSayin

    Man I am so sick of all these one and dones!

    1. 4everUKblue

      Yeah they suck, give me the 4 yr players.

  2. Han

    Post game stuff streaming anywhere since ESPN went to soccer?

    1. runningunnin.454

      Soccer Sucks.

    2. Ridge Runner

      So true Han and it seems like we get feed of every conference post game ceremonies except the SEC. Unbelievable

  3. Parker_UKFanNC

    “Kentucky will lose the first game of the SEC tourney” “This team sucks” “They won’t do anything” Hope y’all enjoy your burnt crow.

    1. JD

      My dad is still saying that. It’s so irritating.

  4. BigBlueNationDude

    This one was for all the haters out there!!! Go Cats!

    1. 4everUKblue

      Shut up bandwagon boy

    2. KentuckyFan232

      Funny.. seems like the only bandwagon fan here is you. Fake fan

    3. KYcats11


    4. 4everUKblue

      See Slater even KF232 knows you’re a fake fan.

  5. rickat

    Shark Attack!

  6. 4everUKblue

    SKJ! SKJ! SKJ!

  7. Catsfan1715

    Sooooooo where are the Cal haters…? He can’t develop players… Shai-4 star to lotto pick. He can’t coach… Youngest team in the country- Champions of the deepest conference in basketball. Love my coach, love my team. Go blue!

  8. Shagaris Sock Puppet

    The CATS have arrived and at the right time! Where’s the negative Nancy’s at?

  9. KYcats11

    SEC CHAMPS BABY!!! Great game!

  10. runningunnin.454


  11. Miller45

    all about that timing

  12. cats646

    Well I almost had a heart attack. But it was worth it!! Champs!!!! Go big blue!!

  13. CatsforNine

    Congratulations to the Cats! They are growing every game. Also congratulations to Cal for sticking to the process and ignoring all the naysayers! Won the Junior trophy, now get number 9!!!

  14. henderblue

    Awesome. Congratulations to SKJ. Should have been getting minutes all along. Congratulations to SGA. Well deserved honor. Controlled the game. Coach Cal comes through. All you doubters who wanted to oust him a month ago…someone finish this for me

    1. runningunnin.454

      Glad to; the doubters know NOTHING about the game.

    2. BigBlueNationDude

      Like you do runnin

    3. runningunnin.454

      BBND, I’m right here, waiting for you to say something that would indicate an intelligent life form.

    4. 4everUKblue

      RG all I hear is crickets…you’re going to be waiting a long time.

  15. BBN_strive_4_9

    AAAAY. l love my team

  16. Ridge Runner


  17. drew_123

    Let’s keep riding the wave #BBN

  18. Booby Petrino

    Wooooo! Been waiting all season for this. Told yall the sky wasn’t falling!!!

  19. roachey45011

    Time to make a FiNaL FOUR RUN !!!!!

  20. steeleheart

    Awesome effort. Coming together at the right time.

    I’m one of those “negative nancy’s”. I stand by my earlier statements. We weren’t playing well or as a team. There’s nothing wrong with pointing that out. I’m glad they proved me wrong. Believe it or not I didnt want to be right.

    It was a simple matter of, play like garbage, which they were, and you’re gonna have negativity.

    Glad they got it together. Now let’s win 6 more.

  21. runningunnin.454

    Don’t know if there will be a final Top 25; but, if there is, I don’t want to be in it. Hell with those people…they know NOTHING about the game, either.

  22. Matyx

    Damn this feels good.

  23. Kat4Life

    VERY, VERY impressive win…..and Sasha was the man…..of course we have come to expect it from SGA, but he was magnificent as well…….very proud of this team, could have folded but really showed some toughness. I like where we are.
    Brace yourself for a royal screwing by the NCAA when the brackets are announced, and don’t be surprised if UL gets by the skin of their teeth and we draw them in game 1……then West Va. in game two, you know the drill…….

    1. IAmTheDanger

      Exactly right….we will face murders row while Duke will get Candy University, Puff Tech and St Gertrudes Junior College.

  24. CATandMONKEY

    This win bodes well for the Wildcats.

  25. runningunnin.454

    You have the NCAA pegged. We’ll go to Idaho while Puke and UNCheat will play 50 miles from their campuses.
    I think all the rest of college basketball should say enough, and boycott the tourney. Tell the ncaa Puke and UNCheat can play one game for the title..and see how much money that costs you.
    I’m sort of kidding….well…

  26. henderblue

    Thank you rg

  27. TB112162

    To all the naysayers and negative people on here I pointed out are record with JV and without and you tried tell me the schedule blah blah look going forward we need JV to come back and replace Richards in the rotation and will be all right but we have capable players

  28. Lip Man 1

    Unexpected. VERY

  29. Lip Man 1

    Unexpected, VERY unexpected but well done. When they aren’t actually throwing the ball away and making free throw they are as capable as anybody.

    We’ll see what happens next week but once you get past the first game Vanderbilt needs to get in the game.

  30. JMFATZ47

    What’s hilarious to me is the fact that, for whatever reason, UK is unable to improve their seeding. If we lost to UGA on Friday, we are a 5. If we win the whole thing, still a 5. In the process I get to listen to how UT may be “playing their way into a 2 seed.” What a biased joke. It’s like this every year so we shouldn’t be shocked but Jesus man….pretty absurd

    1. Ridge Runner

      I hear ya JM

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Some of that is having the final on Sunday unfortunately. But yeah, I still think there is some bias there.

      Matt has said that the SEC won’t change the final to Saturday. They don’t want to compete with other conference finals like ACC and Big East on Saturday, and we’re the only big conference with a final on Sunday, so there’s little competition for viewers. He also said they don’t want to start it on Tuesday. I can understand all that, but UK gets jobbed out of at least a possible better seed every year we win it because it ends on Sunday.

  31. JMFATZ47

    It’s like whatever we do it doesn’t matter!

  32. b-9 bombers

    very excited with how team played w/o Vando. Didn’t like the look on Richards’ face on bench. But, glad to see him celebrating with team afterwards. I think Nick will break-out in NCAA’s, Cal’s just playing with us, right? Hami reverted offensively, but played good defense. I would scrimmage everyday going forward, just don’t kill each other doing it.

  33. Kat4Life

    Vando will find himself where SKJ was after taking almost a week away for his grandpa’s death and funeral…….back in line for mins………SKJ seized the moment……..

  34. anrbob

    Hate to be that guy, but this is the 31st championship. The 1988 got vacated.