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.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Rick Barnes believes his Tennessee squad is a good offensive team, even if the 22nd-ranked Volunteers haven't consistently shown it yet during the opening weeks of the season.
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%.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyreke Key came off the bench to score 17 points and lead No. 11 Tennessee to a 75-43 victory over Tennessee Tech in the season opener for both teams Monday night.
Key, an Indiana State transfer, connected on 4 of 8 3-pointers to ignite a sluggish Volunteer offense.
Tennessee finally ended a decades-long drought last season. Coach Rick Barnes just might have a better team this time around trying to do something that the Volunteers have never managed.
Final Four, anyone?
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has signed forward Julian Phillips, the fourth high school All-American and seventh five-star prospect to join the Volunteers under men's basketball coach Rick Barnes.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has rewarded coach Rick Barnes for winning the Volunteers' first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in 43 years with a contract extension through the 2026-27 season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan went into the NCAA Tournament with a troubling trend, alternating between winning and losing for 10 straight games.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Brooks returned for one final college season with the goal of helping Michigan reach the Final Four.
Defying expectations, the Wolverines are halfway there.
Brooks scored seven of his 23 points in the final 3½ minutes and the 11th-seeded Wolverines booked the most surprising of their five straight Sweet 16 appearances, beating third-seeded Tennessee 78-68 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina hired Tennessee assistant Michael Schwartz as head basketball coach Wednesday.
Athletic director Jon Gilbert announced the hiring.
Schwartz spent seven seasons at Tennessee, four as associate head coach.
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.
Tommy Lloyd has quickly returned Arizona to national prominence after a tumultuous stretch that included NCAA charges tied to a federal corruption investigation into college basketball, the firing of its men's coach and no postseason play.
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) — No. 9 Tennessee just might be the Southeastern Conference's top team. The Volunteers certainly can make a strong case after their latest victory.
Kennedy Chandler scored 19 points, Zakai Zeigler added 11 and Tennessee held off fifth-ranked Kentucky 69-62 in the final minutes Saturday to reach the SEC Tournament final for the third time in the last five years.
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.
Tennessee kept winning against a demanding schedule of top teams in the Southeastern Conference. That has pushed the Volunteers to their highest ranking this season in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first half, No. 13 Tennessee looked totally prepared for the SEC Tournament and beyond. After that, things got more precarious.
Freshman guard Zakai Zeigler, whose family was left homeless by a fire in New York City last weekend, made two key free throws in the final seconds to help the Volunteers hold off No.
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.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kennedy Chandler scored 23 points to lead No. 17 Tennessee to an 80-61 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night.
Chandler, a freshman guard averaging 13.2 points, eclipsed that average with 14 points in the first half for the Volunteers (20-7, 11-4 Southeastern Conference).
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — No. 23 Arkansas held Tennessee to two field goals in the final eight minutes and used an 11-1 run late in the second half for a 58-48 win over the No. 16 Volunteer on Saturday.
A look at weekend action around the Southeastern Conference:
Two of the SEC’s hottest teams face off as No. 16 Tennessee (19-6, 10-3) visits No. 23 Arkansas (20-6, 9-4). The host Razorbacks have won 10 of 11 and are ranked for the first time since Dec.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored 18 points and Chandler Kennedy added 17 to lead No. 16 Tennessee to a 76-63 victory over No. 4 Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Zakai Zeigler and John Fulkerson each added 14 points as the Volunteers (19-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) ran their home record to 14-0 this season with their eighth straight SEC victory.
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.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's been a while since Olivier Nkamhoua established his presence on the court.
In his last three games, Tennessee's 6-foot-8 junior had a combined 15 points. Tuesday night, Nkamhoua scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the No.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas rolled out the welcome mat for Rick Barnes' return to campus, then pulled it out from under him with a free throw at the end.
Timmy Allen's free throw with 6 seconds left sent Texas to a 52-51 win over No.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After 35 years in the coaching business, Tennessee's Rick Barnes has just about seen it all.
But when the 18th-ranked Volunteers went through a five-minute stretch in the first half in which they didn't attempt a shot and committed seven turnovers — and still beat Florida, 78-71 — it left Barnes shaking his head.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even before the opening tip Saturday night, players and staff from No. 13 LSU and No. 24 Tennessee were chirping at each other.
After the Volunteers' 64-50 victory, nobody said for sure exactly what the teams were at odds over, but Tennessee players were adamant that it had an impact.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Uros Plavsic's short jumper with 55 seconds left broke a tie at 60, and 24th-ranked Tennessee scored the final eight points holding off in-state rival Vanderbilt 68-60 Tuesday night for the Vols' ninth straight win in this series.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Just winning would have been fitting enough to honor the passing of a Kentucky coaching great.
The No. 18 Wildcats took that objective a step further, doing it convincingly with near-perfect offense thanks to a defense that created plenty of easy chances.
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.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Will Wade sees no reason to put leading scorer Tari Eason in the starting lineup.
At least, not until the Tigers stop winning.
Eason capped a 24-point, 12-rebound performance with a pivotal dunk in transition with 1:21 left, and No.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A missed shot a month ago played a major role in Santiago Vescovi draining three clutch ones Wednesday night.
The junior guard hit two critical 3-pointers in regulation and another in overtime to rally No.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jahvon Quinerly scored 18 points and Noah Gurley added a season-high 15 to help No. 19 Alabama beat 14th-ranked Tennessee 73-68 on Wednesday night in the SEC opener for both teams.
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) — No. 19 Tennessee used its experience to get the upper hand on No. 6 Arizona on Wednesday night.
Super senior big man John Fulkerson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Volunteers to a 77-73 win over the Wildcats.
Sixth-ranked Arizona has surpassed just about everyone's expectations besides those in Tucson this season, winning its first 11 games under new coach Tommy Lloyd and even wrestling a No. 1 vote away from defending national champion Baylor.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Olivier Nkamhoua scored 21 points to lead No. 18 Tennessee to a 96-52 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Tuesday night.
The Volunteers (8-2) scored the first 13 points of the game and weren't challenged the rest of the way.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Tech might want to petition to play in the Jimmy V Classic every season. The unranked Red Raiders make a habit of rankling the ranked teams in New York.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jaden Shackelford scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half, Jahvon Quinerly and JD Davison both hit key 3-pointers later, and No. 16 Alabama held off Gonzaga’s big second-half rally for a 91-82 win over the third-ranked Bulldogs.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Freshman Kennedy Chandler scored 16 of his season-high 28 points in the first half and No. 13 Tennessee pulled away from Colorado 69-54 on Saturday.
It was Tennessee’s second straight victory over the Buffaloes in as many years.