The Official Tennessee vs. #6 Alabama Game Thread, 1:00 PM ET, ESPN

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SEC TOURNAMENT - SEMIFINALS

Tennessee Volunteers: 18-7 (10-7 SEC)



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#6 Alabama Crimson Tide: 22-6 (16-2 SEC)



GAME 26 | SEC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS - March 13, 2021 | 1 p.m. ET / Noon CT | Bridgestone Arena

Line: UT +4.5
O/U: 139.5

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THE SERIES

• Tennessee trails its all-time series with Alabama, 70-80, dating to 1914.
• In SEC Tournament matchups, the Tide own a 10-5 edge on the Vols.
• Alabama defeated the Vols, 71-63, in Knoxville on Jan. 2. It was UT's first loss of the season.
• In that loss, Jaden Springer played only 5:11 before leaving the game with an ankle injury. And Yves Pons blocked five shots.
 
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A WIN WOULD...

• Make the Vols 11-8 in SEC Tournament games played at Bridgestone Arena.
• Give Tennessee three straight appearances in the SEC Tournament championship game.
• Give the Vols a 7-4 record in SEC Tournament games under head coach Rick Barnes.
• Stand as Tennessee's eighth Quad 1 victory of the season.
 
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LAYUP LINES

• Tennessee has advanced to the championship game in each of the last two (fully contested) SEC Tournaments.
• The Volunteers last won the SEC Tournament in 1979.
• The Volunteers are 18-9 all-time at Bridgestone Arena, including a 10-8 mark in SEC Tournament games.
• The freshman duo of Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer have accounted for 31.0 points per game over Tennessee's last nine games.
• During SEC play, Tennessee led the league in turnover margin (+2.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1) from start to finish.
 
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DEFENSE WINS

• According to KenPom, the Vols rank fourth in the NCAA in adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing only 87.5 points per 100 possessions. College teams typically average close to 70 possessions per game.
• Tennessee ranks 27th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 62.8 points per game.
• Only once this season has a Tennessee opponent scored 80 or more points. That was Georgia, in a game the Vols won, 89-81, on Feb. 10.
• The Vols are forcing 15.7 turnovers per game and converting those turnovers into 17.0 points per game.
• Tennessee has forced 19 of 25 opponents to turn the ball over on 20 percent or more of their possessions. The Vols are forcing opponents to turn it over 22.9 percent of the time this season.
• Yves Pons has at least one block in each of UT's last eight games. Since the start of last season, he has 118 blocks in 56 games.
 
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ABOUT ALABAMA

• The No. 1 seed in this year's SEC Tournament, Alabama enters Saturday's matchup with Tennessee coming off an 85-48 win over ninth-seeded Mississippi State in the quarterfinal round. The Crimson Tide is now 22-6 overall and finished the regular season with a 16-2 record in conference play.
• Alabama's regular-season SEC title was its first conference title since 2002. The Crimson Tide finished 2.5 games ahead of second-place Arkansas in the final SEC standings.
• Alabama claimed its 16 regular-season SEC wins by an average of 14.4 points per game. The Tide and Vols met on Jan. 2, in Knoxville, and it resulted in a 71-63 win for Alabama.
• In addition to its regular-season title, Alabama was well-represented in the SEC coaches postseason honors. Nate Oats was awarded SEC Coach of the Year, while senior Herbert Jones was named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
• As reflected in the SEC awards, Jones has been a do-it-all type of player for the Crimson Tide this season. Jones finished the season ranked second in the SEC in steals (46) and eighth in the conference in assists (85), while averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
• Sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford, a second-team All-SEC selection, leads the Tide in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. Alabama's first-team All-SEC selection, senior guard John Petty Jr., ranks second on the team with 12.7 points per game.
• Until the year 1847, Tuscaloosa was the capital of the state of Alabama.
 
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SEC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

• Tennessee is 70-55 (.560) in 62 all-time SEC Tournament appearances.
• The Vols own the third-best SEC Tournament winning percentage among league schools, trailing only Kentucky (.832) and Alabama (.562).
• Since the tournament was renewed in 1979, the Vols are 35-40 (.467).
• Tennessee has won the SEC Tournament four times, tying Florida for third-most among league schools. The Vols won the event in 1936, 1941, 1943 and 1979.
• UT has reached the title game 12 times (third-most among league schools), most recently back-to-back in 2018 (St. Louis) and 2019 (Nashville).
• Tennessee has been the No. 4 seed three times previously (1980, 1990, 2014).
• This is the 12th time Nashville has hosted the SEC Tournament. UT is 14-10 in the tournament when it takes place in "The Music City."
• Tennessee's SEC Tournament record at Bridgestone Arena is 10-8.
 
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ABOUT ALABAMA

• The No. 1 seed in this year's SEC Tournament, Alabama enters Saturday's matchup with Tennessee coming off an 85-48 win over ninth-seeded Mississippi State in the quarterfinal round. The Crimson Tide is now 22-6 overall and finished the regular season with a 16-2 record in conference play.
• Alabama's regular-season SEC title was its first conference title since 2002. The Crimson Tide finished 2.5 games ahead of second-place Arkansas in the final SEC standings.
• Alabama claimed its 16 regular-season SEC wins by an average of 14.4 points per game. The Tide and Vols met on Jan. 2, in Knoxville, and it resulted in a 71-63 win for Alabama.
• In addition to its regular-season title, Alabama was well-represented in the SEC coaches postseason honors. Nate Oats was awarded SEC Coach of the Year, while senior Herbert Jones was named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
• As reflected in the SEC awards, Jones has been a do-it-all type of player for the Crimson Tide this season. Jones finished the season ranked second in the SEC in steals (46) and eighth in the conference in assists (85), while averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
• Sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford, a second-team All-SEC selection, leads the Tide in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. Alabama's first-team All-SEC selection, senior guard John Petty Jr., ranks second on the team with 12.7 points per game.
• Until the year 1847, Tuscaloosa was the capital of the state of Alabama.
It’s wild that Bama was 16-2 in conference and 6-4 out of conference losing to Western KY, Clemson, OU, and Stanford. None of those are horrible teams but they lost to a mediocre Stanford team by about 20. You could say that maybe they just started slow and come on except you have that OU loss in there from January. The SEC usually does pretty well in the big dance but I don’t think so this year. No SEC teams will be in the E8 and I say only 1 in the S16, either us or Bama, depending on the draw.
 
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Team so hard to guard you have to guard the three real close and they can also drive to the basket. I think we have to play as well as we've played all season to win today.
 
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I think it will be a good game. No Fulk sounds scary, but we handled Florida with relative ease without him. Bama is much better. They handled us pretty well in the paint, and obviously they're a good 3pt team, so I feel like our usual defensive scheme is a bad match up. Barnes made very effective adjustments for yesterday's game, so maybe he's got a trick up his sleeve.

Not to oversimplify, but it really comes down to defending and hitting shots imo. I think we can have the edge in other facets, but those two specific points are what will decide if we win or not imo.
 

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