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UT Lady Vols Basketball punches ticket to Elite Eight with 78-62 win against Ohio State

 

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UT Lady VolsSioux Falls, SD – Behind a career night from Mercedes Russell, Tennessee will play for a spot in the Final Four after defeating Ohio State, 78-62, in the Sweet 16 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Friday night.

In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the No. 7 seed Lady Vols (22-13) have won six of their last seven games to advance to the 28th Elite Eight in program history. Despite reaching the Sweet 16, Ohio State (26-8) finished the season losing four of its last seven.

Russell’s dominance throughout the game led to her best performance donning the orange, scoring a career-high 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting. She also collected 15 rebounds, matching a career-best.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women's NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women’s NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball takes on Arizona State in second round of NCAA Tournament

 

#7 Tennessee Lady Vols (20-13) vs. #2 Arizona State (26-6)

Sunday, March 20th, 2016 | 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT
Tempe, AZ | Wells Fargo Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (20-13) will put their undefeated second round record on the line against No. 2 seed Arizona State (26-6) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday at 6:00pm PT/ 9:00pm ET/ 8:00pm CT on ESPN.

The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 and will play a yet-to-be-determined opponent on March 25th in Sioux Falls. Tennessee advanced to the second round on Friday afternoon by defeating No. 10 seed Green Bay, 59-53, coming from eight down in the first half.

Arizona State, meanwhile, romped to a 74-52 win over No. 15 seed New Mexico State to move along to Sunday.

Tennessee Women's Basketball takes on No. 2 seed Arizona State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. (UT Athletics Department) «Read the rest of this article»

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Peyton Manning after 18 years in the NFL, retires

 

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Denver BroncosDenver, CO – On Monday, March 7th, 2016, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at the UCHealth Training Center. Manning talked about his retirement during the press conference.

“In my very first NFL game, I completed my first pass to Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. I threw a touchdown in that same game to Marvin Harrison, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this August. The quarterback for our opponent, the Miami Dolphins, was, after my dad, my favorite player – Hall of Famer Dan Marino – who on the first third down of the game completed a 25-yard skinny post and it was the damndest throw I’d ever seen. Later, I completed a pass to tight end Marcus Pollard down the middle and somebody hit me really hard and after I got up I told myself, ‘I know I can play in this league.’

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement press conference at the UCHealth Training Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement press conference at the UCHealth Training Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball loses to Mississippi State 58-48 in SEC Tournament Semifinals

 

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UT Lady Vols BasketballJacksonville, FL – Tennessee’s SEC Tournament run came to an end on Saturday as the Lady Vols fell to No. 3 seed Mississippi State, 58-48, in the semifinals at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Diamond DeShields paced the Lady Vols (19-13) with 22 points. Victoria Vivians scored 30 points to help No. 16/16 Mississippi State (26-6) punch its ticket to the title game of the conference tournament. The Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed South Carolina on Sunday at 2:30pm ET/1:30pm CT on ESPN.

DeShields scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half and also grabbed five rebounds. Bashaara Graves collected a game-high 15 rebounds and scored five points. Jaime Nared added 12 points.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Te'a Cooper (20) dribbles the ball as Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William (2) defends in the first quarter during the women's SEC basketball tournament at Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena. (Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Te’a Cooper (20) dribbles the ball as Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William (2) defends in the first quarter during the women’s SEC basketball tournament at Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena. (Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball faces Texas A&M tonight in SEC Tournament

 

#7 Tennessee Lady Vols (18-12) vs. #2 Texas A&M Aggies (21-8)

Friday, March 4th, 2016 | 6:00pm ET/5:00pm CT
Jacksonville, FL | Veterans Memorial Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The No. 7 UT Lady Vols (18-12) will look to take down No. 2 seed #15/15 Texas A&M (21-8) in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on Friday at 6:00pm ET/5:00pm CT on SEC Network and available via WatchESPN.

The state of Florida and city of Jacksonville are hosting their first-ever SEC women’s tourney. This marks the ninth meeting between these schools, their second bout this season and the third time they have played one another in the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee enters Friday’s game with a 76-19 (.800) all-time record in the 37th year of the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee Women's Basketball plays Texas A&M at 6:00pm ET/5:00pm CT, Friday in the SEC Tournament. (UT Athletics Department) «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Basketball beats Tennessee Tech 92-72; Chris Horton dominates with 37 points, 21 rebounds

 

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUNashville, TN – Playing in his first Ohio Valley Conference tournament, senior center Chris Horton played like a man who wanted his college career to continue. Horton scored 37 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as No. 8 seed Austin Peay State University stunned No. 5 seed Tennessee Tech, 92-72, Wednesday night in first-round tourney action in Municipal Auditorium.

The Governors now will face No. 4 seed Tennessee State, 6:00pm, Thursday, in the tourney quarterfinal action, also in Municipal Auditorium.

Austin Peay's Chris Horton scores 37 points to power Governors past Tennessee Tech, 92-72. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Chris Horton scores 37 points to power Governors past Tennessee Tech, 92-72. (APSU Sports Information)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball begin SEC Tournament against Arkansas Razorbacks

 

#7 Tennessee (17-12/8-8 SEC) vs. #10 Arkansas (12-17/7-9 SEC)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 | 6:01pm ET/5:01pm CT
Jacksonville, FL | Veterans Memorial Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The No. 7 Lady Vols (17-12, 8-8 SEC) will open up the SEC Tournament with a matchup against No. 10 Arkansas (12-17, 7-9 SEC) at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on Thursday at 6:00pm ET/5:00pm CT on SEC Network and available via WatchESPN.

The state of Florida and city of Jacksonville are hosting their first-ever SEC women’s tourney. This marks the 31st meeting between these schools, their third bout this season, but the very first time they have played one another in the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee enters Thursday’s game with a 75-19 (.806) all-time record in the previous 36 years of the SEC Tournament.

The Tennessee Lady Vols will look to claim their 18th SEC Championship starting Thursday when they face Arkansas. (UT Athletics Department) «Read the rest of this article»

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UT Vols hit the road to take on #14 Kentucky Wildcats, Thursday

 

Tennessee (12-13/5-7 SEC) at #14/#14 Kentucky (19-6/9-3 SEC)

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | 7:01pm ET/6:01pm CT
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Tennessee is headed to Lexington for the second edition of this year’s border battle with Kentucky. The Vols meet the 14th-ranked Wildcats on Thursday with tipoff from Rupp Arena set for 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT on ESPN.

Tennessee (12-13, 5-7 SEC) picked up a memorable victory in this season’s first meeting between the two programs, rallying from a 21-point first half deficit to claim an 84-77 win at Thompson-Boling Arena. That victory snapped a two-game losing streak to Kentucky (19-6, 9-3 SEC) and marked one of the largest comeback victories in program history.

Tennessee Vols and the Kentucky Wildcats meet for Border Battle Round Two on Thursday at 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT on ESPN. (UT Athletics Department) «Read the rest of this article»

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UT Vols Basketball slow first half costly in 75-64 loss at Missouri Tigers

 

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Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsColumbia, MO – Senior Kevin Punter’s 21 points wasn’t enough for Tennessee Saturday, as the Vols fell 75-64 to Missouri at Mizzou Arena.

The Volunteers (12-13, 5-7 SEC) struggled with shooting the ball consistently, shooting 38 percent from the field compared to the Tigers’ (9-16, 2-10 SEC) 55 percent, the second highest percentage for Missouri this season.

After being down by as much as 14 points in the first half, UT cut Mizzou’s lead to just four points after senior Devon Baulkman drove to the basket for a layup with 1:25 remaining in the game, but a 38-27 halftime deficit would be too much for the Volunteers to overcome.

Tennessee Volunteers guard Kevin Punter Jr. (0) drives past Missouri Tigers guard Terrence Phillips (1) during the first half of a game at Mizzou Arena. (Timothy Tai-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers guard Kevin Punter Jr. (0) drives past Missouri Tigers guard Terrence Phillips (1) during the first half of a game at Mizzou Arena. (Timothy Tai-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Vols Basketball travels to Missouri Tigers Saturday

 

Tennessee (12-12/5-6 SEC) at Missouri (8-16/1-10 SEC)

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 | 2:01pm CT/3:01pm ET
Columbia, MO | Mizzou Arena

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Tennessee plays the first of two straight road games Saturday when it travels to take on Missouri at 3:00pm ET/2:00pm CT on the SEC Network.

The Vols (12-12, 5-6 SEC) are looking to achieve back-to-back SEC victories for the first time this season, having defeated Auburn by a 71-45 count at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night.

Tennessee got just four points from Kevin Punter Jr., the SEC’s second leading scorer, and two points from Armani Moore, but were buoyed by a career-high 20 points from Robert Hubbs III.

Hubbs did his damage on 7-of-12 shooting, knocking down a three and going 5-of-6 from the line.

Tennessee Vols tangle with the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena Saturday at 3:00pm ET/2:00pm CT on the SEC Network. (UT Athletics Department) «Read the rest of this article»

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