Kentucky, Tennessee Set for Rubber Match in SEC Tourney Semifinals

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Sat., March 12 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa, Fla.
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On Saturday in the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals, will face for the third time this season. The game will serve as the rubber match between the schools, each having won on its respective home court earlier this season.

The first meeting came on Jan. 15 inside Rupp Arena. And while the temperature outside may have been cold, the Cats were red hot in that contest, which ended as a 107-79 victory. hit 38 of its 56 shots in the game, for a sizzling 67.9 percent. That included 11 of 18 from behind the arc, a 61.1 percent clip.

TyTy Jr. led the Cats on that day with 28 points, while Sahvir Wheeler had 21 points and eight assists.  added 16 points but Oscar Tshiebwe was held to nine points and 12 rebounds. Santiago Vescovi led the Vols with 20 points.

The rematch came exactly one month later at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. And the game was much different the second time around. In this one, Tennessee built a 15-point first-half lead, held a 46-32 lead at the break and went on to win 76-63.
 
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