Rapid Reaction: Tennessee dunks on Mississippi State, sets up showdown against Kentucky
The No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers defeated the No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs Friday night 83-76 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
That, of course, means the Vols advance to face No. 2 Kentucky Saturday afternoon in the semifinals, which could be the de facto SEC Championship Game. The Wildcats defeated Alabama earlier Friday.
Mississippi State fought Tennessee hard and made things interesting, but the Vols were in control throughout the second half.
Tennessee was led by Admiral Schofield’s 20 points, and he may have legitimately had the dunk of the year. Schofield posterized a poor MSU defender.
Admiral Schofield getting promoted to the Joint Chiefs of Staff with that dunk pic.twitter.com/g8xUlKKZ1F
— Jeff Patterson (@jeffpattOKC) March 16, 2019
Grant Williams scored 16 points for Tennessee, while Kyle Alexander also scored 16. Jordan Bowden added 10 points off the bench. Jordan Bone and Lamonte Turner combined for 17 assists.
The Bulldogs had four players in double figures: Aric Holman (20), Lamar Peters (15), Quinndary Weatherspoon (17) and Reggie Perry (15).
No. 8 Florida upset No. 1 LSU Friday on a buzzer-beater, and No. 5 Auburn beat No. 4 South Carolina. So, the Gators and Tigers will face off in the other semifinal at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Tennessee and Kentucky will be played after the Florida-South Carolina game is over.