By LARRY VAUGHT
Tennessee senior Admiral Schofield had another double-double in Wednesday night’s win over South Carolina for the No. 1 Vols that keeps Tennessee unbeaten in SEC play going into Saturday night’s game at Kentucky.
The Vols won at Rupp Arena last year and also in Knoxville before losing to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament title game in St. Louis.
“I don’t remember much (about last yer) but I certainly remember the first two years, losing by 20, losing by double digits, and I don’t want to do that again,” Schofield said Wednesday night. “So just biggest thing for us is locking in tomorrow, preparing our bodies, getting our minds back on track and progressing.”
He admitted he doesn’t watch other teams play that often on TV but one thing has jumped out to him about UK when he has seen Kentucky play.
“Every time I have seen Kentucky, the biggest thing I think is that coach Cal has done a great job this year with just the camaraderie. He’s always had talent, and they are a very talented team this year,” Schofield said.
“P.J.Washington is playing great basketball right now, SEC Player of the Year-type level. To see his leadership on the team and how they interact with each other, it’s just good to see that with talent like that, especially having the one-and-done status like they have.”
Now here’s a very revealing statement about past UK teams he has played against.
“In the past, they really haven’t had camaraderie like that, except for on certain teams like the national championship teams when they had Devin Booker and those guys,” Schofield said. “I think this year their camaraderie is at a whole different level, and that’s why they have really been putting it together and holding each other accountable.
“So, we are going in, playing against a great team, very athletic, very long, and we have to understand that they had a tough loss last night (against LSU), and they are going to be really ready to hold their own, especially playing the No. 1 team in the country. We just have to take care of what we can take care of.”