KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee basketball has a tournament mindset, so the fact it has already beaten Kentucky twice this season isn’t part of the Vols’ mindset entering Sunday’s game.
“What we did in the season doesn’t matter now,” Tennessee junior Admiral Schofield said after an 84-66 win over Arkansas on Saturday. “We can’t act like we’ve beaten them twice this season.”
The No. 13-ranked Vols handled the Razorbacks easily, while the Wildcats scored an 86-63 blowout win over Alabama in the other SEC Tournament game semifinal at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday.
Tennessee-Kentucky basketball: Game info
- Time: Tipoff is at 1 p.m. ET, March 11, 2018
- Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
- Records: Tennessee 25-7; Kentucky 23-10
How can I watch the Tennessee basketball game?
The game can be watched on ESPN.
How can I live stream the Tennessee basketball game?
The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.)
How can I listen to the Tennessee basketball game?
The game will air on the Vol Sports Network
Projected Vols starting lineup
- Point guard: Sophomore Jordan Bone
- Shooting guard: Sophomore Jordan Bowden
- Small forward: Junior Admiral Schofield
- Power forward: Sophomore Grant Williams
- Power forward: Junior Kyle Alexander
3 Tennessee basketball things to know
• Tennessee is 7-0 in rematch games this season, that is, the second time they’ve played the same opponent (Ole Miss, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas).
• The Vols haven’t beaten Kentucky three times in one season since 1979, which was also the last time Tennessee won the SEC Tournament. Former Vols’ coach Don Defoe led Tennessee to a 75-69 overtime win over Kentucky in the SEC tourney title game in Birmingham, Ala.
• This Tennessee is one of only four teams in program history to win at least 25 games in a single-season. The last team to do so as Bruce Pearl’s 2008-09 team, which went 28-9 and reached the Elite 8.
What’s next for Tennessee basketball?
The Vols will await their NCAA Tournament seeding Sunday night after completing the championship game against Kentucky. It’s Tennessee’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years. ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi has projected the Vols as a No. 3-seed.