Possession-by-possession requirement of poise and execution.
With the victory, Kentucky grabbed an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Peters made two 3-pointers and Weatherspoon converted a three-point play as the Bulldogs got within 51-49.
That's why as confetti fell in the moments after Tennessee's 77-72 loss to fourth-seeded Kentucky at Scottrade Center, the looks were gloomy on the faces of Tennessee players who were poised find out just a few hours later that they earned the program's highest NCAA Tournament seed in a decade.
Kentucky's starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the 14th time this season.
Knox followed Gilgeous-Alexander with 18 points, Wenyen Gabriel had 12 and Quade Green chipped in with 10 points.
Tennessee: The Volunteers were picked to finish 13th in the SEC during the preseason, but they finished as the co-regular-season champions with No. 16 Auburn.
Admiral Schofield had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee (25-8), which was attempting to win its first tournament championship since 1979.
Bone finished with 19 points and also dished out four assists. The forward missed close to five minutes, but his team outscored Kentucky by one during that time. The Wildcats are 231-5 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during a game.
Although two free throws by Gilgeous-Alexander put United Kingdom ahead 68-62 with 2:53 left, it nearly wasn't enough.
"What you're seeing right now is these kids have committed to each other".
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But Kentucky made the clutch plays in the final minute.
United Kingdom is 32-10 in SEC Tournament finals. The Wright State Raiders didn't play the toughest schedule in the world, but they're experienced, and are top-50 in the country in points allowed and field goal percentage allowed.
John Calipari kept telling anyone who would listen that this group of Kentucky freshmen just needed a little more time than most to figure things out.
United Kingdom is 12-4 vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, including 5-3 in championship games. That put the Cats ahead 13-5.
Midway through the half, United Kingdom tacked on a 7-0 run to make the lead 27-12.
Thereafter Schofield reminded everyone that the competition had not been completed. Tennessee then finally started to heat up.
On the season, Tennessee basketball averages 74.4 points, 36.0 rebounds and 16.0 assists per game. To begin the second half, UT was 1-of-8 from the floor. Bone's fast-break floater tied it at 38-38 with 17:25 left.
Gilgeous-Alexander led United Kingdom with 14 points in the first half, fourth time in last five games he was in double figures by halftime.
Kentucky enters the game Sunday off an 86-63 drubbing of Alabama in their semifinal game. "And in order for us to be an effective team, I have to get to my spots and make people react off the plays so I can get my teammates open".
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander paced the Wildcats with 29 points and scored 15 of those in the second half.
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