The Kentucky vs. Tennessee game results didn’t turn out how Kentucky wanted. Tennessee beat Kentucky in a game that got out-of-hand pretty early for both of these SEC teams, as the Volunteers came to play on Saturday morning. The Kentucky-Tennessee game was billed as a showcase for star freshman point guard John Wall, and he did not disappoint in this CBS broadcast. He played another game that will be recognized on a national scale, but it was Tennessee that played with more heart as a team. It also looked like Tennessee wanted this game more than the Wildcats did, exemplified by the 40-29 lead that Tennessee held at halftime.
Tennessee still held a 10-point lead with just 10 minutes to go in the game, and the action got very exciting on the Thompson-Boling Arena floor. Kentucky started playing all-out, and a lot of the possessions for both teams started looking frantic as both teams could sense what was taking place. It appeared that the Tennessee players were nervous about what the outcome was looking to be, and that the energy level for Kentucky was kicked up a notch by a displeased coach John Calipari. A win on Saturday for Kentucky would have clinched the regular season SEC title for Kentucky, and everyone in the building knew it. That didn’t mean that Tennessee was going to make it easy though.
It was quite clear that Kentucky wasn’t going to go away quietly on Saturday though, as they cut the lead to just four points with just under four minutes left in the game. The pressure mounted for both teams, and that just made the game even more exciting for anyone watching it. Kentucky kept streaking, and pulled to a 65 to 65 tie with just over two minutes to play. A pass down low from Scotty Hopson to J.P. Prince that he turned into a layup gave Tennessee a two-point lead again with just over a minute to play. The Tennessee fans could sense that something huge was taking place on the court.
Getting the ball back with 1:06 left on the clock, Scotty Hopson nailed an arcing three-pointer to push the lead to five with just about 30 seconds to play. A John Wall offensive foul all but sealed up the game, and the free throws began coming with less than 27 second in the game. Tennessee ended up beating Kentucky, and putting another stamp on an already impressive season. With the victory over Kentucky, Tennessee becomes the only team in college basketball to beat both Kansas and Kentucky this year. Those are two extremely impressive wins that will be noted by the NCAA Selection Committee in two weeks, and should really help Tennessee get a nice seeding in the brackets.
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