For the nineteenth time in nineteen games, Tennessee left the floor victorious.
That wasn’t enough for Admiral Schofield.
“I don’t think we did well. We were sloppy,” Schofield said in postgame remarks to the SEC Network following a 12-point win in which Tennessee led for the final 32 minutes.
That’s where this group is at these days. Regardless of result, their best is all that’s acceptable.
Tennessee cruised past South Carolina 85-73 Wednesday night in a game that rarely, if ever, felt in doubt. Five players scored in double figures for the Vols, led by Schofield’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. Grant Williams was not among them.
The SEC’s leading scorer took a backseat in the bucket getting, contributing 8 points on 4-of-8 from the field. Instead, he tied a career-high with 7 assists to go along with 9 boards. Williams sharing was reflected by the team as a whole. The Vols assisted on 22 of 34 made field goals.
Jordan Bowden added 16 points, while Lamonte Turner, Jordan Bone and Kyle Alexander all totaled 10 points.
There was no looking ahead to No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday. But now that they’ve taken care of South Carolina for the second time in just over two weeks, they can turn their focus to the team right on their rear in the SEC Standings.
The Wildcats (20-4, 9-2 SEC) lost Tuesday night on their home floor to LSU 73-71. John Calipari has never lost two straight at Rupp since being hired as head coach in 2009.