Moore, who picked up much of the slack for Kevin Punter who was bothered by an ankle injury at Kentucky and sat out the LSU game altogether, contributed a combined 38 points, 21 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and four blocks against the top two teams in the SEC standings. He did all of that with just one turnover in nearly 80 minutes played.
“I’m really happy for Armani Moore being Player of the Week this week in the Southeastern Conference,” Rick Barnes said at his press conference on Monday. “As you all know, he has done so much for us. Whatever the challenge is, he just keeps accepting that challenge. He would be the first to deflect that to his teammates, but we all appreciate what he has done for us all year long.”
Moore, who moved into eighth all-time in UT history in blocked shots over the weekend, also guarded LSU forward Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, for much of Saturday evening.
The Vols return to the court on Wednesday evening at South Carolina (9 pm ET, SEC Network), looking for their second win of the second away from Thompson-Boling Arena.