PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Tennessee's players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Tennessee has twice played without its leading scorer at the Battle 4 Atlantis. It hasn't stopped the 22nd-ranked Volunteers from reaching the championship game.
Julian Phillips scored a season-high 25 points to help Tennessee hold off Southern California 73-66 in overtime in Thursday's semifinals, setting up a matchup with third-ranked and reigning national champion Kansas for the title.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Olivier Nkamhoua and Josiah-Jordan James each scored 18 points to lead No. 22 Tennessee to a 81-50 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.
“We focused on learning a tough loss the hard way,” said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — KJ Simpson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs for the sophomore, to lead Colorado to an 78-66 upset victory over No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday.
Tristan de Silva added 14 points for the Buffaloes, who shot 43.5% from the field, compared with the Volunteers' 25.4%.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee has already gone farther in the NCAA Tournament than the Vols did in their last appearance.
They opened with an opening-game rout that allowed the Volunteers to get comfortable.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee used its stout defense to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
If the Volunteers shoot as well as they did Thursday in Indianapolis, they could be headed toward an even bigger celebration.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee arrived in Indianapolis with a single focus and little interest in continuing the seeding debate.
Of course the Volunteers want to show the NCAA selection committee the Southeastern Conference tourney champs warrant a higher seed than No.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock ticking down on Tennessee's first men's SEC Tournament title in 43 years, freshman Kennedy Chandler dribbled near midcourt with his left hand and popped the chest of his jersey with his right.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee feels it has everything it takes to be successful in the NCAA Tournament.
That includes unselfish players, balanced scoring and a deep bench.
Josiah-Jordan James led five players in double figures with 16 points, 14 of them during a second-half stretch in which the ninth-ranked Volunteers pulled away to a 72-59 victory over Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday night.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — If No. 13 Tennessee is considered a big favorite in an early-round NCAA Tournament game this month, John Fulkerson hopes the Vols remember their shaky first half against lowly Georgia.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It had been 27 games since Brandon Huntley-Hatfield made a 3-pointer. Since then, he had missed eight attempts.
The 6-foot-10 freshman for No. 17 Tennessee was an unlikely hero Saturday when he connected early in the second half as the Volunteers trailed by 11 points.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Zakai Zeigler came off the bench to score 16 points and No. 19 Tennessee weathered a furious second-half rally, beating Vanderbilt 73-64 on Saturday night.
The Volunteers (18-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) ,led by as many as 16 points early in the second half.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Josiah-Jordan James and Kennedy Chandler each scored 18 points and No. 19 Tennessee outscored Mississippi State 11-2 in the final three minutes for a 72-63 victory on Wednesday night.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee starting forward Olivier Nkamhoua will have surgery on his left ankle that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season.
“It’s sad for all of us," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said of losing Nkamhoua.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zakai Zeigler found his hot spot in the second half against South Carolina and No. 22 Tennessee never looked back in its latest Southeastern Conference victory.
Zeigler tied his career high with 18 points — all coming in the second half — including back-to-back 3-pointers to break open a tight game as the Vols pulled away for an 81-57 victory on Saturday, their fifth straight in SEC play.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jared Bynum’s 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining lifted No. 17 Providence to a 65-62 victory over No. 21 Xavier on Wednesday night.
Al Durham led the Friars with 22 points, helping them improve to 17-2 for the first time since the 1976-77 season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Confidence wasn't on Josiah-Jordan James' side.
But when the basketball came his way, he didn't have time to think.
Beating the halftime buzzer by a split-second, James drilled his first 3-pointer of the night to give No.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Fulkerson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Tennessee overpowered No. 6 Arizona early and held on for a 77-73 win Wednesday night, giving the Wildcats their first loss.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After his Vols lost to Texas Tech, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes put his team through two very physical practices and that got their attention.
The No. 13 Volunteers (7-2) were ready to roll on Saturday and cruised past UNC Greensboro, 76-36.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the game gets faster, the results get better for Jaden Springer.
The Tennessee freshman has had back-to-back career highs in wins over Kentucky (23 points last Saturday) and Georgia Wednesday night...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaden Springer, Tennessee's 6-foot-4 freshman, is becoming more comfortable in his role — and it's translating into production...