Down two points at Rupp Arena last year, Lamonte Turner came through in the clutch for Tennessee. With the shot clock winding down in the final minute of the game, Turner called his own number — rising up to drill a go-ahead three pointer to give Tennessee a one point advantage over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Tennessee got the stop on the other end, picking up their first win at Rupp Arena since 2006.
It was a tight game throughout the second half, which never saw either side gain more than a four point advantage in the final ten minutes. Overall, it was a pretty odd game for Tennessee last year. Grant Williams only took three shots. No player outside of Bowden and Turner hit a three pointer. Luckily for the Vols, Turner hit four of them.
Turner’s 16 points led the Vols on that night. Tennessee would sweep Kentucky in the regular season matchups, but lost in St. Louis during the SEC Tournament championship game.
Heading into this weekend’s matchup, Tennessee is a totally different team. Grant Williams is Grant Williams, but the Vols are so much more than just him now. Jordan Bone’s complete control of the offense sets Tennessee apart and makes them really tough to defend. When you have guys like Admiral Schofield, Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden knocking down outside shots — well — good luck to everyone else.