Tennessee won its first SEC Basketball Tournament title since 1979 on Sunday by outlasting Texas A&M 65-50 behind a stifling defensive effort that limited the Aggies to just 31% shooting. Santiago Vescovi led the Volunteers with 17 and Josiah-Jordan James added 16 for a team that has won 12 of its last 13 games entering the NCAA Tournament.
The Volunteers entered the day as a projected No. 3 seed for the Big Dance in Jerry Palm's Bracketology and made their case to be even higher by completing a wire-to-wire victory against the Aggies. Tennessee jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 29-20 at halftime. The Aggies briefly closed within five early in the second half, but Tennessee ratcheted up the defensive intensity from there.
Texas A&M entered as a projected No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to Palm, following an impressive three-day run over Florida on Thursday, Auburn on Friday and Arkansas on Saturday to make its case for an at-large bid. The Aggies will find out their fate during the 6 p.m. ET NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS (follow along LIVE here).
Tyrece Radford led Texas A&M with 13, while Henry Coleman III added 12. The Aggies were aiming for their first conference tournament title since 1987, when they were members of the Southwest Conference.
Below is a full look at how the 2022 SEC Tournament played out.
2022 SEC Tournament schedule, scores
All times Eastern; some start times approximated
Second round -- Thursday, March 10
Game 3: No. 8 Texas A&M 83, No. 9 Florida 80 (OT) |
Game 4: No. 5 LSU 76, No. 12 Missouri 68 | Recap
Game 5: No. 10 Mississippi State 73, No. 7 South Carolina 51 | Recap
Game 6: No. 11 Vanderbilt 82, No. 6 Alabama 76 | Recap
Quarterfinals -- Friday, March 11
Game 7: No. 8 Texas A&M 67, No. 1 Auburn 62 | Recap
Game 8: No. 4 Arkansas 79, No. 5 LSU 67 | Recap
Game 9: No. 2 Tennessee 72, No. 10 Mississippi State 59 | Recap
Game 10: No. 3 Kentucky 77, No. 11 Vanderbilt 71 | Recap
SEC Tournament Championship Game -- Sunday, March 13
Game 13: No. 2 Tennessee 65, No. 8 Texas A&M 50 | Recap
Follow below for updates, analysis and highlights throughout the SEC Tournament.