Only two teams are still in it: No. 14 and No. 16 Tennessee.
Tennessee was dominant the final 13 minutes of play, hitting 10-straight field goals and 13 of its final 15 shots.
Ben Howland felt his team had good chances in the first half, but had too many fouls that would cost them going into the second half.
Tennessee won in a blow out game against Mississippi State on Tuesday, 76-54.
"We want to beat it, turn and continue to attack", the UT head coach said. Mississippi State is the same way, scoring as many as 109 points and as few as 61 in wins.
Tennessee turned a tight game into a blowout during the second half by shooting 68 percent from the field and out-rebounding the Bulldogs 18-8.
"(Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes) is one of the best coaches in the game, not just in our league. "From that point forward, we struggled offensively".
Taking their home court again for the first time after they clinched their first outright A-10 title in school history and edged up a spot in this week's Associated Press poll, the Rams came out ice cold from the field, missing 25 of their 31 shots in the opening half. It was a 25-17 lead, and we didn't handle the rest of the half very well. "You see why SC had Auburn down 26 points and how they got to the Final Four previous year".
Hassani Gravett had 19 points to lead SC (15-14, 6-10) and added five assists and four steals. "We didn't defend well in the first 5 or 10 minutes of the second half".
Schofield had 11 first-half points as Tennessee recovered from an eight-point deficit to hold a 40-34 lead at the break.
In the second period, Tennessee rattled off 11 consecutive made shots to take the crowd out of the game and gain an insurmountable lead.
Tennessee's other sellout home games this season were against college basketball blue bloods North Carolina (Dec. 17, 78-73 loss) and Kentucky (Jan. 6, 76-65 victory). "We started taking some quick shots and started being impatient".
Mississippi State responded with an 11-2 run to close the deficit to 26-22.
URI shot just 28.1 percent in the game. The next step for Mississippi State is to make it unscathed through the Southeastern Conference Tournament that begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Auburn does hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee thanks to a 94-84 win in Knoxville, Tenn., on January 2, but that will only decide seeding - if both teams remain tied after Saturday, the Tigers would earn the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament, but the teams would share the regular-season title.
But the Bulldogs still have opportunities remaining to better their resume.
Mississippi State made just 4 of 20 shots beyond the arc and had 13 turnovers.
The Vols return home for their regular-season finale and Senior Night in a rematch against Georgia on Saturday, March 3rd at 5:00pm CT.