Tennessee seeking consistency after up-and-down weekend
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee heads into the NCAA Tournament seeking to regain the consistency that lately has been missing.
If the sixth-ranked Volunteers have any chance at earning...
Auburn, Tennessee meet in SEC finals
Auburn (25-9, 14-7) vs. Tennessee (29-4, 17-3)
Southeastern Conference Tourney Championship, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Sunday, 12 p.m. EDT
Miss. St., Tennessee meet in SEC quarters
Mississippi State (23-9, 11-8) vs. No. 3 seed Tennessee (27-4, 15-3)
Southeastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Friday, 8:30 p.m....
Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi's Kermit Davis is coach of the year.
Coaches pick Tennessee’s Williams SEC player of the year
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams as the league's player of the year for a second straight season.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Chuma Okeke is Auburn's most versatile player.
He's a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder who can defend either guards or big men and hit 3-pointers as well.
Auburn looks to knock off No. 5 Tennessee
No. 5 Tennessee (27-3, 15-2) vs. Auburn (21-9, 10-7)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee looks to give Auburn its seventh straight loss to...
Miss. St. faces tough test vs No. 5 Tennessee
Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7) vs. No. 5 Tennessee (26-3, 14-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee presents a tough challenge...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari would love to have Reid Travis hounding players at Tennessee on Saturday, but he suspects that won't be the case.
No. 7 Tennessee looks for home win vs No. 4 Kentucky
No. 4 Kentucky (24-4, 13-2) vs. No. 7 Tennessee (25-3, 13-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Tennessee looks for its fourth...
No kneeling, cups tossed as Ole Miss falls to No. 7 Tenn
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Grant Williams barreled through the lane through two Mississippi defenders, somehow willing himself into a position where he could get a short jumper to fall for the go-ahead...
Ole Miss faces tough test vs No. 7 Tennessee
No. 7 Tennessee (24-3, 12-2) vs. Mississippi (19-8, 9-5)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Tennessee presents a tough challenge...
Ranked teams meet as No. 13 LSU hosts No. 5 Tennessee
No. 5 Tennessee (24-2, 12-1) vs. No. 13 LSU (21-5, 11-2)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST
No. 1 Tennessee beats Florida 73-61 for 18th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's players resisted the temptation of staging a repeat performance of a postgame "Gator chomp" after their latest victory over Florida.
The sellout crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena did it instead.
Grant Williams scored 16 points as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Florida 73-61 on Saturday to extend their school-record winning streak to 18 games.
No. 1 Tennessee beats Missouri 72-60 for 17th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has matched the longest winning streak of Rick Barnes' 32-year head coaching career.
Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Missouri 72-60 on Tuesday night to earn their 17th straight victory, extending a school record. Barnes' only other 17-game winning streak came in 2009-10 at Texas.
No. 1 Tennessee gets 16th straight win, 93-76 against A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Top-ranked Tennessee didn't take much time to celebrate breaking a 100-year old school record.
This team has much bigger goals.
Grant Williams scored 22 points to help the Volunteers beat Texas A&M 93-76 on Saturday night and with their 16th straight game, setting a new school mark.
Williams’ knack for drawing contact sparks No. 1 Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Grant Williams finds ways to get to the free-throw line.
And once he's there, Williams converts. It's part of what makes him the most impactful player on the top-ranked team in the country.
Williams made all 23 of his free-throw attempts Wednesday in a 43-point performance to lead the Volunteers to an 88-83 overtime victory over Vanderbilt.
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Top-ranked Tennessee rallies, beats Vanderbilt 88-83 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams had the game of his life and the best free throw shooting performance by a college player in six decades.
Tennessee needed every last point in its first outing this season as the nation's top-ranked team.
Williams scored a career-high 43 and made all 23 free throws as the Volunteers avoided a repeat of their last trip to Memorial Gym when also freshly minted No. 1, holding off Vanderbilt 88-83 in overtime Wednesday night.
No. 3 Vols rally past Alabama, make case to lead AP Top 25
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee did its part with a walk-off win of sorts against Alabama.
Enough for a No. 1 ranking? All the Volunteers can do now is sit and wait.
Grant Williams scored 21 points, Alabama was called for traveling with 3.2 seconds left and No. 3 Tennessee rallied past the Crimson Tide 71-68 on Saturday for its 12th straight victory and a chance to climb atop the AP Top 25 .
Williams scores 20, No. 3 Tennessee holds off Florida 78-67
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Grant Williams did just about anything he wanted to against Florida.
He even called for — and delivered — one of his more precise passes of the season in crunch time.
Williams scored 20 points and found Admiral Schofield for a clinching 3-pointer in the corner with 41.3 seconds remaining to help No. 3 Tennessee beat Florida 78-67 on Saturday for the team's 10th consecutive victory.
No. 3 Tennessee establishes itself as favorite in SEC race
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has established itself as the early Southeastern Conference favorite just a week into the start of league competition.
The third-ranked Volunteers (13-1, 2-0 SEC) have outscored their first two league opponents by a combined 70 points while showcasing the depth that has made them the SEC's highest-ranked team heading into Saturday's game at Florida (9-5, 1-1).
No. 3 Tennessee cruises to road rout of Missouri 87-63
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes told Kyle Alexander to stop thinking about scoring and concentrate only on defense and rebounding.
Since the talk last week, the points and rebounds have come in bunches for the 6-foot-11 senior forward.
Alexander scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee routed Missouri 87-63 Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. It was Alexander's second straight double-double in Southeastern Conference play.
No. 3 Vols trounce Tennessee Tech 96-53 for 7th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee heads into Southeastern Conference competition riding a winning streak.
Grant Williams scored 25 points and went 10 of 11 from the floor as the third-ranked Volunteers trounced Tennessee Tech 96-53 on Saturday for their seventh straight overall victory and 16th consecutive home win.
It's the final nonconference tuneup for Tennessee (11-1) before SEC competition starts next weekend by hosting Georgia.
No. 3 Vols beat Tennessee Tech 96-53 for 7th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams scored 25 points and went 10 of 11 from the floor to lead a strong shooting performance for No. 3 Tennessee in a 96-53 blowout of Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Tennessee shot a season-high 63.8 percent (37 of 58), aided by 12 dunks. The Volunteers were shooting above 70 percent for much of the game before missing seven of their last eight attempts.
No. 3 Vols trounce Wake Forest 83-64 for 6th straight win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams' knack for making baskets while drawing contact keeps paying dividends for Tennessee.
Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee trounced Wake Forest 83-64 on Saturday for its sixth consecutive victory. The Southeastern Conference scoring leader converted a trio of three-point plays in the first 14½ minutes of the game.
Schofield scores 29, No. 3 Tennessee beats Memphis 102-92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.
The rivalry between Tennessee's top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.
Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 Saturday to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival.
Schofield’s 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73
PHOENIX (AP) — Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation's top-ranked team.
The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them.
Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 76-73 in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday.
No. 6 Tennessee trounces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 79-51
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 6 Tennessee prepared for its showdown with Gonzaga by posting its second straight lopsided victory at home.
Admiral Schofield scored 16 points, Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Volunteers breezed to a 79-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.
No. 6 Tennessee rolls to 95-67 victory over Eastern Kentucky
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Yves Pons felt no jitters as he showcased his athleticism in his first career start.
With the sixth-ranked Volunteers attempting to bounce back from their first loss of the season, coach Rick Barnes sought an energy boost by having Pons replace Jordan Bowden in the lineup.
The sophomore swingman from France responded with a career-high 10 points and several highlight-worthy plays in a 95-67 blowout of Eastern Kentucky.
The Latest: No. 2 Kansas outlasts No. 5 Tennessee in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the NIT Season Tip-Off (all times local):
Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game early Saturday.
Lagerald Vick scored 15 points, with eight straight during a crucial stretch for the Jayhawks' comeback, and assisted on an alley-oop to Lawson that made it 78-73 with 2:39 left in overtime. Lawson was named the tournament MVP.
No. 5 Tennessee tops Louisville in NIT Season Tip-Off
NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Williams scored 24 points and No. 5 Tennessee had five players In double figures to beat Louisville 92-81 in the first semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
Admiral Schofield added 20 points for the Vols (4-0), who shot 54 percent from the field. The win was the 664th of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes' career. It moved him past John Wooden on the all-time Division I wins list.
Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech 66-53
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status.
Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting Georgia Tech 66-53 on Tuesday night, one day after the Vols (3-0) moved up a spot in the Top 25 to reach the top five for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Williams leads No. 6 Vols past Louisiana-Lafayette 87-65
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Grant Williams has some bad news for the rest of the Southeastern Conference. The league's preseason player of the year has added a 3-point shot to his arsenal.
Williams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and shot 3 of 4 from 3-point range Friday as No. 6 Tennessee breezed to an 87-65 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. His output Friday matched his 3-point total from all of last season, when he shot 3 of 25 from beyond the arc.
No. 6 Tennessee
Last season: 26-9, lost 63-62 to Loyola-Chicago in second round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Rick Barnes
Who's gone: Guards James Daniel (exhausted eligibility) and Chris Darrington (transferred to Toledo)
DALLAS (AP) — No. 3 seed Tennessee (26-8) vs. No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (29-5)
Second round, South Region; Dallas; Saturday, 6:10 p.m. ET
BOTTOM LINE: Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has won all five of his NCAA Tournament games at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, the first four with Texas and the latest a 73-47 first-round victory over Wright State. Donte Ingram's last-second 3-pointer lifted Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in the Ramblers' first tournament game in 33 years.
DALLAS (AP) — No. 3 seed Tennessee (25-8) vs. No. 14 seed Wright State (25-9)
First round, South Region; Dallas; Thursday, 12:40 p.m. ET.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Each time Tennessee goes on the road, the games start long before the Volunteers take the floor.
But it's not what most would expect. These guys aren't emulating NBA or NFL stars on video games. No, when some of the 13th-ranked Vols compete against one another in their hotel, they prefer board games.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference men's basketball player of the year.
Maten and Tennessee forward Grant Williams were unanimous first-team picks on the all-SEC team announced Tuesday. Tennessee's Rick Barnes was named coach of the year and Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton was selected as newcomer of the year by the 15-person media panel.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — SEC coaches have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Southeastern Conference player of the year and Volunteers coach Rick Barnes is the coach of the year.
The coaches also named Alabama's Collin Sexton and Kentucky's Kevin Knox as co-freshmen of the year. South Carolina's Chris Silva and Texas A&M's Robert Williams were co-defensive players of the year.
Williams helps No. 19 Tennessee beat Florida 62-57
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams bounced back from one of his worst performances of the season and helped 19th-ranked Tennessee damage Florida's NCAA Tournament hopes.
Williams scored 23 points and Tennessee beat Florida 62-57 on Wednesday night to hand the Gators their third consecutive loss. Williams' big night came four nights after he had a season-low five points in a 73-62 loss at Georgia.
Williams helps No. 18 Tennessee outlast South Carolina 70-67
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin couldn't help but see the similarities between the team he faced Tuesday and the Final Four squad he coached last season.
"(Tennessee) reminds me a lot of my team last year, just a team that's tied at the hip and relentless on both ends of the floor," Martin said after the Gamecocks lost 70-67 to the 18th-ranked Volunteers.