Tennessee Gets Revenge on Crimson Tide

Joel BarkerSenior Writer IMarch 13, 2009

After Sunday's regular-season-ending home loss to the hapless Alabama Crimson Tide, Tennessee players and coaches vowed to make up for their Senior Day loss.

On Friday night at the SEC Tournament in Tampa, FL, the Vols did just that.

Tennessee had a big first half, leading by as much as 14 at one point. The Vols were up by 11 at halftime.

When the teams came out for second-half play the Big Orange bolted out to a 17-0 run and the game was theirs.

Alabama could not do anything right on either side of the ball. The Tide was outrebounded 40-30, turned the ball over 18 times, and had six shots blocked.

Tennessee, on the other hand, did almost everything right.

The Vols shot 64.5 percent from inside the arc. The only thing this Vols team could not do was shoot the trey. They went 4-for-24 from three-point land.

Tennessee's leading scorer was Tyler Smith with 22 points. Wayne Chism added 15, and J.P. Prince threw in 14.

Prince also had five assists, three steals, two blocks, and 10 rebounds, which gave him a double-double for the night.

The Vols seemed to suffer no lingering effects from laying down on Senior Day and they seem poised for a deep SEC tournament run.

Tennessee has not won the tournament since 1979. They have not made it to the finals since 1991.

This is the second consecutive season the Vols have made it past the second round of the tournament.

The last time before these two was 1991.

Tennessee looks to end its SEC Tournament Finals drought on Saturday afternoon against the white-hot Auburn Tigers.