A Kentucky-Tennessee SEC semifinal always promised to deliver. The two teams have been among the best in the country all year.
The finish to today’s game probably exceeded expectations. Unless you are a member of Big Blue Nation, that is.
Today’s game was close throughout, but Kentucky looked to have control down the home stretch. With just under three minutes left, Keldon Johnson hit a free throw to complete a three-point play after a layup and foul by Tennessee star Grant Williams.
That put UK up 72-64 with 2:58 left in the game.
With an eight-point lead, the biggest of the game for Kentucky, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gave the Wildcats a 91.7-percent chance to win.
From that point on, it was all-Tennessee.
The Vols outscored the ‘Cats 18-6 in the final three minutes of the game. Their stars led the way in the impressive, quick comeback.
Grant Williams scored eight of those 18 himself, while Admiral Schofield knocked down a clutch three, and Jordan Bone solidified the game with four late free throws.
The Vols wound up with the 82-78 win, and took home the rubber match in the SEC rivalry. The two teams split the regular season home-and-home.
With a win over Auburn to capture the SEC Championship tomorrow, the Vols may just have enough to take home a No. 1 seed, though that is quite a crowded field right now.