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No. 8 Vols top Mississippi State 83-76 in SEC quarterfinal
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Mar 15, 2019 11:46 PM 1+ week ago

Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and No. 8 Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 83-76 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Friday night. The third-seeded Volunteers (28-4) advanced to a Saturday semifinal with No. 4 Kentucky (27-5), the second seed in this tournament.

Tennessee lost 86-69 at Kentucky on Feb. 16 to end a school-record 19-game winning streak but trounced the Wildcats 71-52 at home two weeks later.

"Now we're pretty much on neutral ground where you've got two fan bases that really love their teams," Schofield said. "You've got two teams that are very talented fighting for a championship, an SEC championship. It's going to be a great game, I'm pretty sure."

The semifinal pairing represents a rematch of last year's SEC Tournament championship game, which Kentucky won 77-72 to capture its fourth straight title. The other semifinal matches No. 22 Auburn (24-9) against Florida (19-14).

"This is a big-time rivalry for us," Schofield said. "I don't know about them. We sense they don't respect ...

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