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No. 8 Vols top Mississippi State 83-76 in SEC quarterfinal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will face Kentucky one more time with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament potentially at stake.

Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and No. 8 Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 83-76 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Friday night. The third-seeded Volunteers (28-4) advanced to a Saturday semifinal with No. 4 Kentucky (27-5), the second seed in this tournament.

Tennessee lost 86-69 at Kentucky on Feb. 16 to end a school-record 19-game winning streak but trounced the Wildcats 71-52 at home two weeks later.

''Now we're pretty much on neutral ground where you've got two fan bases that really love their teams,'' Schofield said. ''You've got two teams that are very talented fighting for a championship, an SEC championship. It's going to be a great game, I'm pretty sure.''

The semifinal pairing represents a rematch of last year's SEC Tournament championship game, which Kentucky won 77-72 to capture its fourth straight title. The other semifinal matches No. 22 Auburn (24-9) against Florida (19-14).

''This is a big-time rivalry for us,'' Schofield said. ''I don't know about them. We sense they don't respect us as much, but we're starting to get our respect back from that side. But at the same time we've got to go out and compete.''

Kyle Alexander and Grant Williams each scored 16 points to help Tennessee reach the semifinals. Jordan Bone had 14 points and nine assists with only one turnover, and Jordan Bowden added 10 points.

Aric Holman scored 20 and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 17 for Mississippi State (23-10). Reggie Perry had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Lamar Peters also scored 15 points.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 34-28 halftime deficit to tie the game at 38-all on a Lamar Peters basket with 17:14 left. Tennessee went ahead for good with 14:17 remaining when Bone hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer as the shot clock was running down.

''I kind of just shot it with confidence,'' Bone said. ''I knew I had to get it up.''

The game remained close until Tennessee went on a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 59-46 with 9:33 left as Schofield started to take over.

Tennessee led 53-46 when Schofield drove to the basket, scored and drew a foul with 10:53 remaining. Up to that point, Tennessee hadn't attempted a free throw all night.

Less than a minute later, Schofield threw down a one-handed dunk while getting fouled again. Schofield missed the free throw and three-point play opportunity after both baskets, but his big plays put the Vols in control and delighted a pro-Tennessee crowd.

''I think fatigue probably was a factor because we played last night and they didn't,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''That's definitely an advantage.''

Schofield added a 3-point basket later to give Tennessee its biggest lead at 65-51 with 7:02 left.

Mississippi State tried to rally but couldn't get the margin below seven the rest of the way.

''Basketball's a game of runs,'' Peters said. ''We allowed them to make a late run, so it was kind of hard for us to get back in the game.''

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs couldn't get to the semifinals, but they've done enough to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2009.

''It's not just making it,'' Howland said. ''We want to go in there and perform. No doubt, this entire team has earned this through a long campaign.''

Tennessee: The Vols' 28 wins match the second-highest total in school history. Tennessee went 28-9 in 2009-10 and 31-5 in 2007-08. Now the Vols are seeking their first SEC Tournament crown since 1979 and their first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in program history.

TRIO OF T's

The game got a little heated with less than five minutes left when players from both teams jawed with one another after Alexander blocked a shot from Mississippi State's Reggie Perry. Alexander, Schofield and Perry all ended up receiving technical fouls.

NOTABLE NUMBER

Tennessee didn't attempt a single free throw for the first 29 minutes of the game but ended up going 10 of 15 from the foul line.

QUOTABLE

''I just know this league deserves a No. 1 seed is what I believe,'' Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. ''There's no doubt.''

UP NEXT

Mississippi State finds out on Sunday the date, location and opponent for its NCAA Tournament first-round game.

Tennessee faces Kentucky in an SEC semifinal Saturday.

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Key Players
Q. Weatherspoon
11 G
J. Bone
0 G
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
13.4 Pts. Per Game 13.4
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
50.9 Field Goal % 47.2
39.8 Three Point % 34.5
80.8 Free Throw % 81.0
+ 1 Quinndary Weatherspoon made free throw 9.0
  Personal foul on Kyle Alexander 9.0
+ 2 Quinndary Weatherspoon made driving layup 9.0
+ 1 Jordan Bone made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 2 Quinndary Weatherspoon made driving layup 9.0
  Jordan Bone missed 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Robert Woodard II 14.0
+ 2 Reggie Perry made driving layup 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Robert Woodard II 20.0
  Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
+ 1 Jordan Bone made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
Team Stats
Points 76 83
Field Goals 28-62 (45.2%) 34-66 (51.5%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 5-11 (45.5%)
Free Throws 11-20 (55.0%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 35 40
Offensive 15 13
Defensive 19 21
Team 1 6
Assists 11 21
Steals 6 10
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 11 9
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 1 2
20 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Miss. State 23-10 284876
home team logo 8 Tennessee 28-4 344983
Team Stats
away team logo Miss. State 23-10 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo 8 Tennessee 28-4 82.0 PPG 40.4 RPG 17.9 APG
Key Players
35
A. Holman F 9.5 PPG 6.2 RPG 1.3 APG 47.3 FG%
5
A. Schofield G 16.5 PPG 6.1 RPG 2.0 APG 47.4 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Holman F 20 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
A. Schofield G 20 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
45.2 FG% 51.5
36.0 3PT FG% 45.5
55.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 17 1 2 6/13 0/4 5/7 2 35 1 0 6 0 1
L. Peters 15 3 5 6/16 3/9 0/0 5 34 4 1 3 2 1
R. Perry 15 12 0 6/10 1/1 2/4 3 30 0 0 1 7 5
T. Carter 6 1 1 2/9 0/5 2/3 3 32 0 0 0 0 1
A. Ado 2 4 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 25 0 2 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 17 1 2 6/13 0/4 5/7 2 35 1 0 6 0 1
L. Peters 15 3 5 6/16 3/9 0/0 5 34 4 1 3 2 1
R. Perry 15 12 0 6/10 1/1 2/4 3 30 0 0 1 7 5
T. Carter 6 1 1 2/9 0/5 2/3 3 32 0 0 0 0 1
A. Ado 2 4 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 25 0 2 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Holman 20 6 1 7/9 5/5 1/2 2 24 0 1 0 3 3
R. Woodard II 1 7 1 0/3 0/1 1/4 3 20 1 0 0 3 4
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Datcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feazell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Weatherspoon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Oduro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Junkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 34 11 28/62 9/25 11/20 18 200 6 4 11 15 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Schofield 20 7 2 9/12 2/2 0/2 2 31 0 1 0 1 6
K. Alexander 16 9 1 8/11 0/0 0/1 4 28 3 2 0 7 2
G. Williams 16 4 0 8/17 0/2 0/0 5 26 1 1 2 1 3
J. Bone 14 4 9 3/8 1/2 7/8 1 31 1 0 1 0 4
L. Turner 5 2 8 2/7 0/1 1/2 0 31 4 1 3 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Schofield 20 7 2 9/12 2/2 0/2 2 31 0 1 0 1 6
K. Alexander 16 9 1 8/11 0/0 0/1 4 28 3 2 0 7 2
G. Williams 16 4 0 8/17 0/2 0/0 5 26 1 1 2 1 3
J. Bone 14 4 9 3/8 1/2 7/8 1 31 1 0 1 0 4
L. Turner 5 2 8 2/7 0/1 1/2 0 31 4 1 3 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bowden 10 5 1 3/8 2/4 2/2 2 29 0 1 1 1 4
J. Fulkerson 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 10 1 1 1 2 1
J. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
Y. Pons 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
B. Woodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Fleschman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Kent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burns - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Jancek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 34 21 34/66 5/11 10/15 14 200 10 7 9 13 21