The Tennessee Vols finished the regular season on a bit of a down note on Saturday.
UT was unable to get their 28th win of the season, falling to the Auburn Tigers 84-80 on the road.
But one bright spot for the Vols on Saturday was the play of Grant Williams, who should be the SEC player of the year.
Williams put together a heck of a stat line, scoring 25 points and securing nine rebounds. He also added three assists and two blocks. The North Carolina native finished the season averaging 19.1 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game.
After the game, Gus Malzahn, Auburn’s head football coach, took the time to seek out Williams and shake his hand.
Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn went and found #Vols’ Grant Williams after the game to shake his hand and tell him he was a great player.
An Auburn employee also found told Jordan Bone and told him he was the fastest player he’d ever seen.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 9, 2019
That’s an extremely classy move by Malzahn and it shows you what kind of respect coaches have for great players.
Williams had a remarkably consistent regular season. He failed to reach double digits in only two games this season. One of those games was against Missouri in which he got in foul trouble early (and eventually fouled out) and the other was against South Carolina. The Vols won both of those games.
As of Saturday afternoon, Williams is the leading scorer in the SEC.
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