The Cats scored 95 points in that game, which was seven fewer points than what Kentucky had scored in their previous three conference championship games against Tennessee.

The Tennessee Volunteers enter the tournament winning 12 of their last 15 games and just losing to the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Championship. The Cats have won the last three conference championships and have won their last 11 SEC Tournament games.

Gilgeous-Alexander had an excellent run in St. Louis this week. The arena was raucous early as Kentucky, still riding the hot-shooting of its 86-63 semifinal win over Alabama, jumped out to an early 33-16 lead. Tennessee then finally started to heat up. The Junior forward scored Tennessee's final 13 points of the first half to get the Vols within 36-31 at halftime.


Gilgeous-Alexander led United Kingdom with 14 points in the first half, fourth time in last five games he was in double figures by halftime. Gilgeous-Alexander hit two foul shots, capping a 7-0 run and 68-62 lead as the Wildcats never trailed again. Tennessee will face the victor of the game between those two on Saturday.

But Gilgeous-Alexander capped his tournament Most Valuable Player performance by hitting the clinching free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining, sending the overwhelmingly Kentucky crowd of 18,974 into a wild celebration. Kevin Knox added 18, Gabriel 12 and Quade Green 10.

SUN BELT: D'Marcus Simonds scored 27 points for Georgia State (24-10) in its 74-61 win over Texas Arlington (21-13) in the title game at New Orleans. Schofield suffered an injury with around nine minutes left and was out until the four-minute mark. Grant Williams is averaging 15.3 points and 1.8 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.


The 1941 and 1943 conference championship games between Tennessee and Kentucky were decided by three points, with the Volunteers taking both of those victories. Clark finished with 20 points. The under is 5-2 in Volunteers last 7 overall and the over is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 neutral site games.

The Volunteers won a share of the SEC regular-season title for the first time since 2008, and their 25 wins leading into the tournament are their most since 2010. If Tennessee wins against Wright State, they will play the victor of No. 6 seed Miami and No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago. But it was one of the players who stayed in the game that steadied Kentucky. They will learn where and who they'll play Sunday evening during the NCAA Selection Show.

Wright State, which finished second in the Horizon League regular season, secured the automatic bid by beating No. 8 seed Cleveland State in the conference tournament final.


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