Upset avoided! Tennessee hangs on in overtime for big win over unranked Vanderbilt
That’s all you can say about what happened in Nashville on Wednesday night. After earning the No. 1 ranking in the latest AP Poll, the Tennessee Volunteers went on the road to take on a Vanderbilt squad that was 0-5 in SEC play.
First, some context — the last time the Vols were No. 1 was back in the 2007-2008 season. That No. 1 team’s first game was against Vanderbilt, and the Commodores won 72-69. That Vandy team was ranked, though, and this year’s team is not.
The two teams battled hard, needing overtime to settle the score. Below, you can see the wild sequence that led to overtime:
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But, once the game went to the extra five minutes, reigning SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams took over, leading the Vols to an 88-83 victory. For the game, he went 23-of-23 from the free-throw line and scored an incredible 43 points to lead the Vols.
On a night when Admiral Schofield struggled, scoring only six points on 2-of-9 shooting, Williams refused to let his team lose, dominating in the low post and shooting incredibly well from the free-throw stripe.
With the win, the Vols improved to 17-1 overall and 6-0 in SEC play. The Commodores, meanwhile, fell to 9-9 overall and 0-6 in SEC play.