Tennessee beats Kentucky to reach SEC men’s basketball title

Tennessee guard Josiah-Jordan James tries to get past Kentucky forward Keion Brooks Jr. during an SEC semifinal on Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Kennedy Chandler scored 19 points, Zakai Zeigler added 11, and No. 9 Tennessee held off fifth-seeded Kentucky 69-62 in the final minutes on Saturday to reach the Southern Conference tournament final. -Is for the third time in the last five years. .

The Volunteers (25-7) are 11 of 12 wins and take a big step toward a potential No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Tennessee will face eighth-seeded Texas A&M on Sunday in the SEC title game.

The Wildcats (26-7) had been ranked among the top seeds, but losing to Tennessee twice in three games could turn the tide. Chandler, Ziegler, and Josiah-Jordan James helped craft the changes.

Chandler, a freshman guard from Memphis, hit 8 of 16 shots and seemingly had an answer every time third-seeded Kentucky appeared to make a run in front of a pro-Big Blue crowd inside the crowded Amalie Arena. Chandler added three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

(9) PURDUE 75, MICHIGAN STATE 70: Jaden Ivey had 22 points and nine rebounds and Eric Hunter Jr. made two crushing 3-pointers late in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal to help the Boilermakers (26-7) beat the Spartans (22-12) in Indianapolis.

The third-seeded Boilermakers take on No. 24 Iowa on Sunday in their first appearance in a title game since 2018.

TEXAS A&M 82, (15) ARKANSAS 64: Quenton Jackson scored 20 points and the eighth-seeded Aggies (23-11) beat a ranked opponent for the second straight day, stunning the Razorbacks (25-8) to reach the SEC Tournament Championship Game in Tampa , in Florida.

Jackson also had six assists, five rebounds and four steals to beat the Aggies (23-11), who rekindled their NCAA tournament hopes by winning eight of nine games since ending an eight-game losing streak. month in February.

(18) HOUSTON 88, TULANE 66: Kyler Edwards had 20 points on six 3-pointers, big man Josh Carlton added 16 points, and the 18th-ranked Cougars (28-5) advanced to their fourth straight American Athletic Conference championship game. with a victory over the green wave (14-15). ) in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Cougars matched their win tally from last season, when they won their first AAC tournament title and then advanced to the Final Four.

(24) IOWA 80, INDIANA 77: Jordan Bohannon conceded a 3-pointer just inside the midfield logo with 0.8 seconds left and the Hawkeyes (25-9) rallied to shock ninth seed Hoosiers (20-13) a Big Ten tournament semifinals in Indianapolis.

As the shot clock ticked down and the score was tied, Bohannon picked up a pass down the deep left wing, took three dribbles trying to break away and launched the long 3 outright. The ball went out of the backboard and through the net, sending it racing back towards the Hoosiers bench.

VERMONT 82, MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY 43: Ryan Davis scored 20 points, Ben Shungu added 19 and the Catamounts (28-5) capped off a dominant season in America East with their fourth conference tournament title in six years with a victory over the Retrievers (18-14 ) in Burlington, Vermont.

USL: The school has fired coach Will Wade for cause amid “serious” allegations of NCAA violations, the university said in a joint statement from its president and athletic director.

The dismissal comes the day after LSU rebounded from the Southeast Conference tournament by Arkansas, 79-67, in a quarterfinal game on Friday night.


(4) BAYLOR 81, (21) OKLAHOMA 76: NaLyssa Smith scored a career-high 37 points as the Bears (27-5) beat the Sooners (24-8) in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals in Kansas City, Missouri.

Smith’s previous career high was 35 earlier this year against Texas Tech.

(7) TEXAS 82, (10) IOWA STATE 73: Rori Harmon scored 12 of her 30 points in overtime and the Longhorns (25-6) outlasted the Cyclones (26-6) in the Big 12 Women’s Semifinals in Kansas City Missouri.

Lauren Ebo of Texas had an attempt down the lane with less than two seconds left that took off and sent her into overtime. Texas used their size and strength on the inside to control overtime, beating Iowa State 19-10 in the extra period.

(24) PRINCETON 77, COLOMBIA 59: Kaitlyn Chen scored a career-high 30 points and the Tigers (24-4) beat the Lions (22-6) to win the Ivy League tournament in Boston, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA.

It will be the first time since the 2019 season that an Ivy League team will play in the NCAA. The 2020 NCAA Tournament was called due to the coronavirus and the Ivy League decided against having sports last year due to the ongoing pandemic.

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