Both Tennessee and Missouri are perceived to be on the NCAA tournament bubble, raising the stakes in this regular-season finale for both teams. Missouri had beaten Tennessee 75-70 on Feb. 15 in Columbia, but Saturday's rematch bore no resemblance to that game.
Groin pain prompted the Cardinals to sideline Trevor Rosenthal for a few days this spring, but that wasn't a problem Saturday in his spring training debut, a 4-4 tie with a Washington Nationals split squad that was called after 10 innings.
The Shockers, who last won the conference tourney in 1987, took control with a 17-0 run in the first half and topped it with 24 straight points in the second, scoring at will while Missouri State endured droughts totaling more than 15 minutes.
Shockers handle their business and get set for Missouri State while Southern Illinois pulls off an upset to earn a date with Indiana State. Watch both semifinal matchups live Saturday only on FOX Sports Midwest.