No. 4 Tennessee Survives Against South Carolina

Also, Arkansas upsets No. 17 Vanderbilt while No. 2 Memphis rolls on
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2008 11:51 PM CDT
South Carolina coach Dave Odom congratulates Tennessee guard Chris Lofton after Tennessee defeated South Carolina 89-87 in the SEC tournament in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Friday, March 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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(Newser) – Chris Lofton hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to give a Tennessee a breath-taking 89-87 victory over South Carolina in an SEC quarterfinal game today. The Gamecocks couldn't answer on the return trip, ending coach Dave Odom's career on a losing note. The win kept UT's hopes for a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed alive, reports AP. In other action:

  • Arkansas upset No. 17 Vanderbilt in another SEC quarterfinal game, 81-75, the Razorbacks'  eighth win in nine tries against Vandy. Five players had double figures in scoring for the winners.
  • Memphis freshman guard Derrick Rose scored 25 points as the Tigers overcame the extremely physical play of Southern Miss to advance to its fourth straight Conference USA title game.