MSU's Nick Weatherspoon hurt during SEC Tournament

P.J. Washington and Kentucky will test Tennessee for a third time Sunday

Down 61-59, Xavian Stapleton missed a 3-pointer that would have put the Bulldogs ahead.

Tennessee plays sixth-seeded Arkansas Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

Tennessee had taken the ball up the floor but a turnover resulted in a Mississippi State fast break, with Quinndary Weatherspoon going in for a layup, which he missed.

Grant Williams led Tennessee in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Admiral Schofield led the Vols on the glass with 6.1 rebounds per game and Jordan Bone led Tennessee in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. Williams collected a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.

The No. 7 seed Bulldogs took the No. 2 seed Volunteers to the closing seconds after dropping a 22-point decision at home last week in the final week of the regular season.

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Tennessee held a 50-33 advantage on the boards, including 22 offensive rebounds.

"They ended up shooting 35 percent, but the rebounding was the difference for us", said Tennessee's Rick Barnes, "I don't think we've outrebounded someone like that all year". "We know that our biggest Achilles' heel all year has been rebounding".

"As soon as we're done with the media obligations, (Quinndary) and I will head over to the hospital where he's being kept", Howland said after the game. Weatherspoon was lying on the court and grabbing his hip underneath the Tennessee basket when he was stepped on by the Volunteers' Kyle Alexander. Play resumed after a 10-minute stoppage.

Before picking either side, you need to read what SportsLine college hoops expert Josh Nagel, who has put together an impressive 9-3 run picking college basketball games against the spread, has to say. "You still have to compete". A courtside reporter on the SEC Network said Weatherspoon was conscious and responding to medical staff.

"The play on which Nick Weatherspoon was injured unfolded in a rapid sequence of events that led to the continuation of play after Nick initially fell under the Mississippi State basket", said Mark Whitehead, SEC Coordinator of Officials. "I basically did what he wanted me to do, to try and play as hard as I can and try to come out with the win". The Bulldogs had to watch freshman guard Nick Weatherspoon get carted off on a stretcher after a freak neck injury.

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