“You couldn’t ask to go out with a better bang,” said Jajuan Smith after their 89-56 win over South Carolina. He was right. In the last of their 32 consecutive home victories, Lofton hit six of his 10 3-point attempts and finished the day with a season high 28 points. While Jajuan Smith added 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals on 4-of-9 shooting from the perimeter. The game was close for 20 minutes, until the second half where the Vols went on a 51-19 run. “We came out colder than the frigid Smoky Mountains to start the second half,” South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. He also added, "We really got fatigued and flamed out.” The game was just the start, as the Vols post-game was more than just a locker room speech. The assisstants help pass out the official SEC Champions T-Shirts as players conducted interviews or pictures. Next, came the nets, one by one the Vol players and coaches climbed the ladder and came down with a piece of the net. It symbolized the turnaround here at Tennessee. Just three years into Pearl's reign and the Vols are winning outright SEC championships, knocking off number ones, and posing a real Final Four threat. Props to Bruce and his crew for getting the Vols here, and props to Mike Hamilton for getting Bruce here and buying into his coaching.