Tennessee picked up a signature win for its NCAA Tournament resume.
For Florida, it was more heartache on the road.
Behind 27 points from junior guard Jordan McRae, Tennessee upset No. 8 Florida 64-58 before an announced crowd of 19,567 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night.
"We beat a very talented team, a team with a lot of parts, probably the best offensive team we've faced this season," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said.
Jarnell Stokes added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the Vols (17-10, 9-6 SEC), who won their sixth straight. Tennessee manhandled Florida inside, outrebounding Florida 41-31.
Florida (22-5, 12-3 SEC) lost for the seventh time in its last eight trips to Thompson-Boling Arena. Mike Rosario led Florida with 16 points and Patric Young added 15 points for the Gators, who are just 4-3 in their last seven games.
Florida was done in by an off-shooting night. The Gators shot 42.1 percent from the floor and a season-low 23.5 percent (4-17) from 3-point range. Florida dropped to 7-5 on the road this season.
"I thought defensively, we played good enough to win tonight," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We just didn't hit enough shots."
Tennessee also out-rebounded the Gators 41-31.
"Coach tells us all the time, don't worry about your scoring, play hard, rebound, play defense," Stokes said. "I think we did a good job of that today."
The Gators couldn't overcome a 35-32 halftime deficit. Florida scored the first five points of the second half, taking a 37-35 lead on a pair of free-throws by Mike Rosario. But Tennessee answered with an 8-0 run, taking a 43-37 lead on a breakaway dunk from senior Kenny Hall.
Florida jumped to a quick 9-2 lead, but the Vols answered, cutting Florida's lead to 13-11 on a Josh Richardson jumper.
But Florida kept battling inside, doing a good job defensively against Stokes, who picked up his second foul with 6:03 left in the half and Florida up 24-19.
With Florida up 29-23 after a tip in from Young, the Vols closed the half strong. McRae hit a pair of 3-pointers, the second cutting Florida's lead to 32-31. Then, off a turnover by Rosario, Skylar McBee drained a 3-pointer to give Tennessee a 34-32 lead.
The Vols went into the half up 35-32, outscoring Florida 20-14 in the paint. McRae scored 17 points in the first half for Tennessee, while Young had 11 for the Gators.
"Jordan McRae did a good job of scoring the ball, being aggressive, carrying out those assignments," Martin said. "We felt like there were opportunities to score offensively and Jordan did a great job carrying out those assignments and getting open looks."
NOTES: Florida freshman guard Michael Frazier sat out the Tennessee game with a concussion. Frazier did some light running during the pregame shootaround and is questionable for Saturday's game against Alabama. ... Florida junior forward Will Yeguete took part in Florida pregame warm-ups and will return to practice "in some form" on Thursday. Coach Billy Donovan did not rule out the chance of Yeguete returning for the Alabama game. Yeguete underwent surgery Feb. 8 to remove bone chips in his knee. ... Tennessee point guard Trae Golden was named SEC player of the week after scoring a career-high 34 points last Saturday in Tennessee's 93-85 four-overtime win over Florida. ... Martin improved to 3-0 against Donovan.