Knoxville, Tennessee. – Evepons scored 17 points, No. 18 Tennessee did not catch up on Saturday, beating 15th place Kansas 80-61 in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.
Volunteers (12-3) have won two consecutive victories against the top 15 opponents this season, marking their second victory. This is the problem of COVID-19, No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 14 A trip to Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
This is just Tennessee’s second-ever victory over Kansas in six games. Vols went 5-2 in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.
Jaden Springer scored 13 points in Tennessee, but lost this season just because there were no freshmen. John Frusciante and Victor Bailey Jr. scored 11 points, respectively, and Jordan James scored 9 points and 11 rebounds, respectively.
Kansas (11-6) lost four out of five against their ranked opponents this season, dropping to 4-4. The Jayhawks fell 5-3 in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.
David McCormack led the Jayhawks with 17 points, Marcus Garrett added 15 points and Jalen Wilson scored 10 points.
Santiago Bescovi added 3 as Keon Johnson started scoring with a jumper and Tennessee took the lead from the beginning. Kansas missed the first three shots and after a shot clock breach, McCormack hit a short jumper leaving 16:51 towards the first point of the Jayhawks.
McCormack scored 6 of Kansas’ first 8 points, drawing within 9-8 with 14:47 remaining. It was as close as the Jayhawks would get.
Tennessee shot the ball very well, Vols Defense ranked sixth in the NCAA, enabling a game of just 59.3 points and making the Jayhawks work at all points. Kansas shot only 26 7s in the first 20 minutes and prevented them from being blown away by hitting 12-11s on the free throw line.
Vols led 16 people in the first half within the last minute before Tyon Grant-Foster’s layup pulled Kansas within 40-26 in halftime.
The Jayhawks tried to run to start the second half. Ochai Abgaji scored buckets in a row and pulled in within 47-35. Tennessee replied by scoring the next nine points, with a 71-45 Springer free-throw pair leading up to 26 with 7:24 remaining.
Kansas: This doesn’t help the Jayhawks polish their resume for post-season play. There is still a trip to Texas that won 25 on January 2nd, and another match against No. 2 Baylor remains in conference play. … The Jayhawks need to tackle their shooting. They were 6 out of 24 outside the arc and 15 out of 22 on the free throw line.
Tennessee: Vols has proven to be able to play stingy defenses, dominating boards 38-23 and scoring 14 seconds of chance points. The game showed why it was chosen to win the SEC title this season by combining impressive aggressive performances. They shot 3 (61.5%) and 17 16 to 52.8% (53 28) and 13 8 on the line.
Right to brag
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes currently has 721 career wins. He participated in the game as the 7th active coach to win Division I. It is slightly above Bill Self’s 719. Burns also won his eighth match against most coaches, Self. Michigan State University’s Tom Izzo has won seven against Self.
Kansas will host Kansas on Tuesday night.
Tennessee will visit Oremis on Tuesday night.
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18th Tennessee defeats 15th Kansas 80-61, Ponce scores 17 points
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