MVP Gilgeous-Alexander helps propel Cats to another SEC Tournament championship

MVP Gilgeous-Alexander helps propel Cats to another SEC Tournament championship

MVP Gilgeous-Alexander helps propel Cats to another SEC Tournament championship

Sunday will mark Tennessee's first appearance in the SEC Tournament title game for the first time since Bruce Pearl's team made it in 2009.

Who will walk away with the SEC Tournament Championship on Sunday, March 11, 2018 when Tennessee faces Kentucky at 1PM ET?

NCAA Tournament pairings come out later tonight and suddenly United Kingdom, which is likely to be a No. 5 seed, looks like a tough out for any team in the tournament whether it has Jarred Vanderbilt back or not. However, the Vols were able to keep the lead and avoid the Hogs' comeback by clutch performances from starters Admiral Schofield (16 points, seven rebounds), Grant Williams (12 points, five rebounds), and Kyle Alexander (12 points, seven boards).

All in all, it's a Kentucky group that appears primed for next week's NCAA Tournament.

Regardless of Sunday's result, Tennessee already had a spot in next week's NCAA Tournament.

Rick Barnes calls timeout as Kentucky extends its lead to 15 points.

At this point, just about every Vol fan knows that Tennessee hasn't won the SEC Tournament title since 1979.

Gilgeous-Alexander all but showed United Kingdom could not miss when he beat the shot clock by banking in a three-pointer from the top of the key. That enabled him to match his season's average (13.6 ppg) in the final 3:15 of the half and bring Tennessee within 36-31 at intermission. Tennessee rebuilt the five-point lead and stretched it to seven points twice. Admiral Schofield scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Bone scored 17 of his points in the first half, hitting 7 of 7 from the field and all three of his 3-point attempts.

The Wildcats crushed No. 9 Alabama 86-63 in the first semifinal. He's been terrific. Kentucky leads 70-67 with under one minute to go.

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At 72-69, Gilgeous-Alexander made two foul shots, Washington hit one, and Gilgeous-Alexander added two more as United Kingdom won 77-72.

Kentucky lost to Tennessee in January.

United Kingdom is now 167-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field. United Kingdom is 11-0 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.

A 3-point play by Quinndary Weatherspoon had the Bulldogs within 51-49 with 6:34 left.

United Kingdom had 10 turnovers today.

The sophomore forward Williams scored three points as the Volunteers increased the lead to eight. He had two points but it came on a monster putback follow dunk when he just parted the Tennessee defense.

After a corner three by Jordan Bone banked off the glass for a much-needed basket, Tennessee made it a 68-67 game in favor of United Kingdom with 1:13 remaining.

Bone rebounded for Tennessee and made a free throw to complete the scoring with three seconds left. We got back in the game, had a chance.

Regroup they did, as Gilgeuos-Alexander led the charge once again by adding four more points and assisting a Kevin Knox triple in a 14-2 spurt that put the Wildcats up 52-43.

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