Tennessee was down by a point with 25 seconds left when Coach Bruce Pearl called a timeout to set up the Volunteers' final play.
Scotty Hopson figured the ball would be in the hands of go-to post player Wayne Chism. Instead, Pearl made Chism the decoy and told Hopson to take the shot.
"I'll get it if we're maybe down two and need a three," Hopson said. "We obviously needed a big shot, and coach had the confidence to put it in my hands so I stepped up and knocked it down.
Well, first he had to shake Chandler Parsons, who didn't fall for Chism's decoy, and adjust the designed shot. He hit a fading jumper over Parsons' head just in front of the three-point line with 21 seconds left to give No. 14 Tennessee a 61-60 win over Florida on Sunday.
"I thought he would be more open. He did not get much of a look, but he made a play himself," Pearl said. "It is a big shot."
Perhaps the biggest of his short career.
The basket gave the Volunteers (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) their sixth straight win over their East Division rival and fifth straight victory in Knoxville. It also kept Tennessee from dropping a third game in a row, which the Vols have only done once under Pearl.
It also ended Florida's four-game winning streak, the Gators' longest in league play since opening the 2007 season 11-0.
"I have been on the (winning) end of two of those shots (this season) ... and Hopson really knocked down a big-time shot," Florida Coach Billy Donovan said.
Arkansas 80, No. 18 Mississippi 73: Mike Washington had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Marshawn Powell added 19 and two key blocks in as Arkansas snapped a 15-game Southeastern Conference road losing streak.
The Razorbacks earned back-to-back wins over Southeastern Conference Western Division leaders, erasing an eight-point deficit to beat the Rebels just days after overcoming a 12-point deficit against Mississippi State.
Immediately after the loss, the Rebels' thoughts turned to Tuesday's game against No. 1 Kentucky. Center Reggie Buckner's foot was in a walking boot after the game and he's expected to be out.
"We've got to come up with some kind of defensive scheme for Kentucky," forward Murphy Holloway said.
South Florida 70, No. 17 Pittsburgh 61: Dominique Jones and the Bulls are on an unprecedented roll after upsetting visiting Pittsburgh.
Jones scored 37 points and USF (14-7, 4-5) extended its school-best Big East winning streak to three games by retaining its poise and making free throws to fend off one of the league's best road teams.
No. 10 Purdue 66, Penn State 46: Robbie Hummel scored nine of his 23 points during a 13-0 run right after the halftime break to help host Purdue to its fourth straight win.
JaJuan Johnson scored 13 points and E'Twaun Moore added 12 for the Boilermakers (18-3, 6-3 Big Ten), who have returned to early-season form after a three-game losing streak in mid-January.
No. 20 Ohio St. 85, Minnesota 63: William Buford scored a career-high 26 points and Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each had 19 to lead the Buckeyes past visiting Minnesota.
The Buckeyes (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten) shot 63 percent against Minnesota (13-8, 4-5), which came in leading the conference by limiting opponents to just 38.6 percent from the field.
Virginia 75, North Carolina 60: Sylven Landesberg scored 29 points and Virginia ran off 18 unanswered points early in the second half to beat struggling North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Sammy Zeglinski added 19 points for the Cavaliers (13-6, 4-2 ACC), who regrouped from consecutive losses to earn another impressive victory under first-year coach Tony Bennett. Virginia had lost 63 of 68 meetings in Chapel Hill.
Austin Peay 56, Morehead State 55: Justin Blake hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds left and Austin Peay defeated visiting Morehead State, snapping an 11-game winning streak.
Eastern Kentucky 75, Tennessee State 58: Justin Stommes hit five three-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Eastern Kentucky to a road victory.
Auburn 67, No. 9 Georgia 53: Alli Smalley scored 22 points to help Auburn beat visiting Georgia, dealing the Lady Bulldogs their third consecutive defeat. Georgia (18-4, 5-4) has been reeling since an upset of the Lady Vols that followed a school-best 16-0 start.
Western Kentucky 63, New Orleans 56: Amy McNear scored 16 points and the Toppers defeated New Orleans despite shooting just 32.8 percent from the floor. The Privateers shot 51.2 percent but committed 25 turnover's to Western's 10.
Tennessee State 61, Eastern Kentucky 54: EKU's Shakeyia Colyer had a team-high 11 points but the Colonels committed 25 turnovers in a loss in Nashville.