Auburn, Tennessee meet in SEC finals
Auburn (25-9, 14-7) vs. Tennessee (29-4, 17-3)
Southeastern Conference Tourney Championship, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Sunday, 12 p.m. EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will face Kentucky one more time with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament potentially at stake.
Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and No. 8 Tennessee...
Miss. St., Tennessee meet in SEC quarters
Mississippi State (23-9, 11-8) vs. No. 3 seed Tennessee (27-4, 15-3)
Southeastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Friday, 8:30 p.m....
Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi's Kermit Davis is coach of the year.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Chuma Okeke is Auburn's most versatile player.
He's a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder who can defend either guards or big men and hit 3-pointers as well.
Auburn looks to knock off No. 5 Tennessee
No. 5 Tennessee (27-3, 15-2) vs. Auburn (21-9, 10-7)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee looks to give Auburn its seventh straight loss to...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is regaining its defensive identity just in time for the postseason.
Admiral Schofield scored 18 points in his final home game, and the fifth-ranked...
Miss. St. faces tough test vs No. 5 Tennessee
Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7) vs. No. 5 Tennessee (26-3, 14-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee presents a tough challenge...
No. 7 Tennessee looks for home win vs No. 4 Kentucky
No. 4 Kentucky (24-4, 13-2) vs. No. 7 Tennessee (25-3, 13-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Tennessee looks for its fourth...
Ole Miss faces tough test vs No. 7 Tennessee
No. 7 Tennessee (24-3, 12-2) vs. Mississippi (19-8, 9-5)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Tennessee presents a tough challenge...
Ranked teams meet as No. 13 LSU hosts No. 5 Tennessee
No. 5 Tennessee (24-2, 12-1) vs. No. 13 LSU (21-5, 11-2)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST
New No. 1 expected after Tennessee’s loss to No. 5 Kentucky
Tennessee kept rolling for a while after taking over the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll, unlike its previous stint at No. 1. The Vols had a close call against Vanderbilt, the team that knocked them off the No. 1 perch a decade ago, but rolled through the next six games to stretch their win streak to a school-record 19 in a row.
No. 1 Vols beat South Carolina 85-73 for 19th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — South Carolina couldn't miss from 3-point range and still couldn't put up much of a challenge against No. 1 Tennessee.
Admiral Schofield had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated South Carolina 85-73 on Wednesday for their school-record 19th consecutive victory. South Carolina (12-12, 7-4 SEC) made a season-high 14 3-point baskets and shot 60.9 percent from beyond the arc, but still trailed by double digits throughout the last 28½ minutes.
No. 1 Tennessee beats Missouri 72-60 for 17th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has matched the longest winning streak of Rick Barnes' 32-year head coaching career.
Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Missouri 72-60 on Tuesday night to earn their 17th straight victory, extending a school record. Barnes' only other 17-game winning streak came in 2009-10 at Texas.
Schofield leads No. 1 Tennessee to win at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Admiral Schofield was talking too much and missing too often. The Tennessee senior knew his game had to improve, and he started with an apology to his teammates.
"I just apologized to them for getting outside of myself," said Schofield, who had shot under 30 percent and scored nearly seven points below his average in Tennessee's past three games.
Williams scores 20, No. 3 Tennessee holds off Florida 78-67
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Grant Williams did just about anything he wanted to against Florida.
He even called for — and delivered — one of his more precise passes of the season in crunch time.
Williams scored 20 points and found Admiral Schofield for a clinching 3-pointer in the corner with 41.3 seconds remaining to help No. 3 Tennessee beat Florida 78-67 on Saturday for the team's 10th consecutive victory.
No. 3 Tennessee establishes itself as favorite in SEC race
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has established itself as the early Southeastern Conference favorite just a week into the start of league competition.
The third-ranked Volunteers (13-1, 2-0 SEC) have outscored their first two league opponents by a combined 70 points while showcasing the depth that has made them the SEC's highest-ranked team heading into Saturday's game at Florida (9-5, 1-1).
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No. 3 Vols beat Tennessee Tech 96-53 for 7th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams scored 25 points and went 10 of 11 from the floor to lead a strong shooting performance for No. 3 Tennessee in a 96-53 blowout of Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Tennessee shot a season-high 63.8 percent (37 of 58), aided by 12 dunks. The Volunteers were shooting above 70 percent for much of the game before missing seven of their last eight attempts.
No. 3 Vols trounce Wake Forest 83-64 for 6th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams' knack for making baskets while drawing contact keeps paying dividends for Tennessee.
Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee trounced Wake Forest 83-64 on Saturday for its sixth consecutive victory. The Southeastern Conference scoring leader converted a trio of three-point plays in the first 14½ minutes of the game.
Schofield scores 29, No. 3 Tennessee beats Memphis 102-92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.
The rivalry between Tennessee's top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.
Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 Saturday to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival.
Schofield’s 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73
PHOENIX (AP) — Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation's top-ranked team.
The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them.
Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 76-73 in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday.
No. 6 Tennessee trounces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 79-51
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 6 Tennessee prepared for its showdown with Gonzaga by posting its second straight lopsided victory at home.
Admiral Schofield scored 16 points, Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Volunteers breezed to a 79-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.
No. 6 Tennessee rolls to 95-67 victory over Eastern Kentucky
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Yves Pons felt no jitters as he showcased his athleticism in his first career start.
With the sixth-ranked Volunteers attempting to bounce back from their first loss of the season, coach Rick Barnes sought an energy boost by having Pons replace Jordan Bowden in the lineup.
The sophomore swingman from France responded with a career-high 10 points and several highlight-worthy plays in a 95-67 blowout of Eastern Kentucky.
The Latest: No. 2 Kansas outlasts No. 5 Tennessee in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the NIT Season Tip-Off (all times local):
Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game early Saturday.
Lagerald Vick scored 15 points, with eight straight during a crucial stretch for the Jayhawks' comeback, and assisted on an alley-oop to Lawson that made it 78-73 with 2:39 left in overtime. Lawson was named the tournament MVP.
No. 5 Tennessee tops Louisville in NIT Season Tip-Off
NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Williams scored 24 points and No. 5 Tennessee had five players In double figures to beat Louisville 92-81 in the first semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
Admiral Schofield added 20 points for the Vols (4-0), who shot 54 percent from the field. The win was the 664th of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes' career. It moved him past John Wooden on the all-time Division I wins list.
No. 6 Tennessee
Last season: 26-9, lost 63-62 to Loyola-Chicago in second round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Rick Barnes
Who's gone: Guards James Daniel (exhausted eligibility) and Chris Darrington (transferred to Toledo)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield is pulling his name out of the NBA draft and returning to Tennessee for his senior season.
Schofield shared his decision on social media Tuesday , saying he is focused and hungry to once again chase championships with his teammates.
Vols’ Schofield enters name in draft, doesn’t hire agent
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield has decided to enter his name into the NBA draft without hiring an agent, which gives him the option to return for his senior season.
Tennessee plans to use the heartbreaking finish to its surprisingly successful season as motivation for a deeper NCAA Tournament run next year.
Tennessee wins NCAA opener, routs Wright State 73-47
DALLAS (AP) — Rick Barnes is now winning NCAA Tournament games with "Rocky Top" in Texas.
With the Tennessee coach back in familiar territory, Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Volunteers opened their first NCAA under Barnes with a 73-47 win over Wright State on Thursday.
"The biggest thing is we came out and did what we said we were going to do, try to run them out of their offense, and against a great team," Schofield said.
DALLAS (AP) — No. 3 seed Tennessee (25-8) vs. No. 14 seed Wright State (25-9)
First round, South Region; Dallas; Thursday, 12:40 p.m. ET.
Bone leads hot-shooting Tennessee past Arkansas 84-66
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Admiral Schofield insists Tennessee's play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament isn't about validating the school's remarkable and surprising regular season.
Rather, trying to win the Volunteers' first tournament championship in almost 40 years is always where the Tennessee junior expected to be — even when the Rocky Top faithful were disappointed by a preseason pick of 13th in the SEC.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — SEC coaches have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Southeastern Conference player of the year and Volunteers coach Rick Barnes is the coach of the year.
The coaches also named Alabama's Collin Sexton and Kentucky's Kevin Knox as co-freshmen of the year. South Carolina's Chris Silva and Texas A&M's Robert Williams were co-defensive players of the year.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee won a share of the Southeastern Conference title and then showed off the chip it has worn on its shoulder all season.
"Not bad for a team picked 13th," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said to a raucous sellout crowd Saturday as the 16th-ranked Volunteers prepared to cut down the nets after their 66-61 victory over Georgia.
No. 16 Tennessee uses big second half to beat Mississippi St
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tennessee stayed in the hunt for a Southeastern Conference title thanks to a stellar second-half performance on the road.
Admiral Schofield had 24 points, Lamonte Turner added 12 and the 16th-ranked Volunteers pulled away for a 76-54 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.
Schofield also had seven rebounds and shot 9 of 18 from the field for the Volunteers (22-7, 12-5 SEC), who made 13 of their final 15 field goal attempts.
No. 19 Tennessee tops Ole Miss 73-65
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The Tennessee Vols got off to a fast start and held on late for a key road victory.
Admiral Schofield scored 23 points, Jordan Bowden scored 15, Lamonte Turner scored 13 and No. 19 Tennessee earned a 73-65 win over Mississippi on Saturday.
The Volunteers (21-7, 11-5 SEC) jumped out to a 29-9 lead in the first 10 minutes and held off a rally by Ole Miss in the second half.
Williams helps No. 19 Tennessee beat Florida 62-57
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams bounced back from one of his worst performances of the season and helped 19th-ranked Tennessee damage Florida's NCAA Tournament hopes.
Williams scored 23 points and Tennessee beat Florida 62-57 on Wednesday night to hand the Gators their third consecutive loss. Williams' big night came four nights after he had a season-low five points in a 73-62 loss at Georgia.
No. 15 Tennessee edges No. 24 Kentucky 61-59
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Eager to atone for mistakes he believed allowed Kentucky to stay close, Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner delivered a pressure jumper that gave the No. 15 Volunteers something rare — a victory in Rupp Arena.
Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with an insurance dunk off a turnover and the Volunteers edged No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 on Tuesday night for its sixth consecutive victory.
No. 22 Tennessee rolls past Iowa State 68-45
AMES, Iowa (AP) — In search of a spark, Tennessee looked to its bench — and reserves Lamonte Turner and James Daniel III were more than ready to give the Volunteers the boost they needed.
Turner scored 20 points, Daniel had 16 and 22nd-ranked Tennessee rolled past Iowa State 68-45 on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for its sixth win in seven games.
No. 24 Vols win 75-62 to hand Texas A&M 5th straight loss
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee showed it can win even when Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield aren't scoring in bunches.
Jordan Bowden scored 15 points and the 24th-ranked Volunteers withstood cold shooting from their two top weapons to beat Texas A&M 75-62 on Saturday, handing the Aggies their fifth straight loss.