KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT/AP) -- The Tennessee Basketball team will practice Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta in anticipation of their Thursday night SEC Tournament opener against Arkansas. Hogs coach John Pelphrey says,"... If you're Tennessee than you want coach Pearl on the bench as opposed to not having him on the bench, they've still got the same players and everything, but I think it's the confidence level having him out there, he's a great coach, he's been through a lot of situations,he's one more guy with an already experienced coaching staff over there." Coach Pearl missed the first meeting in Fayetteville serving the first game of his 8 game SEC suspension.
You can see the game on MyVLT Thursday night at 7:30pm. The winner will face Florida in the quarterfinals Friday night at 7:30 on WVLT, Volunteer-TV. In fact, sessions on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday can be seen on WVLT-TV.
Brandon Knight scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and No. 20 Kentucky beat Tennessee 64-58 on Sunday.
The Wildcats (22-8, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) finished second in the SEC East, while the Volunteers (18-13, 8-8) dropped to fifth.
Knight scored his first basket just before the halftime buzzer, and his 3-pointer with 18:15 to go tied the game at 29-29. Doron Lamb hit a 3 just over a minute later to give the Wildcats their first lead.
Kentucky led by eight points with 11:23 to play, but Tennessee got six free throws in 45 seconds to come back. Kenny Hall hit a jumper to give Tennessee a 52-51 lead with 5:56 left.
Terrence Jones answered with a layup 36 seconds later to retake the lead for Kentucky, which used free throws and Darius Miller's 3 to hold off the Vols.
Tobias Harris led Tennessee with 18 points.
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