Tennessee Junior Admiral Schofield carried the Vols to two straight wins in the state of Mississippi to ensure that the Vols will finish no worse than second in the SEC. The Vol Basketball twitter account didn’t pass up the opportunity to give the Admiral a new title following his road dominance.
Polling well 📈 pic.twitter.com/iFkhfsrSoP
— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) February 28, 2018
Admiral ran through the state of Mississippi like a tornado averaging 24.5 points and 7 rebounds per game on over 56.2% shooting from the field. Citizens of Starkvegas had it bad enough already, but after Schofield’s dominant performance, the Bulldogs tournament chances are on life-support. Ole Miss fans would probably be upset too if they realized it happened.
Schofield has been a different player since the BasketVols lost in Athens to the Bulldogs on February 17. After Georgia dominated the paint during the first match-up on the way to a 73-62 victory, Tennessee felt a lot more likely to finish in 7th place in the conference than 1st. Georgia was the more aggressive team and enjoyed a 38-15 advantage from the free throw line leading Rick Barnes to question the toughness of Grant Williams and the rest of the Vols.
Admiral didn’t shy away from offering his explanation for the game while also saying he had circled the rematch.
“At the end of the day, if you’re not getting calls, it doesn’t matter if you are aggressive or not,” Schofield said. “If you are getting fouled and no one sees it and calls it or if they’re getting most of the calls, that’s just how basketball is. They got a lot of calls. They are the home team. I can’t wait to see them in Knoxville, though. It’s going to be a good game.”
The rematch will be in front of a sold out crowd in Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday. And thanks to Admiral, the Vols will be playing for a conference championship.
It’s going to be a good game.