COLUMBUS, Ohio – Admiral Schofield made a head-turning statement when Tennessee was locked in a fight with Iowa on Sunday.

The Tennessee senior told Vol's coaches to take him out of the game and put in Kyle Alexander.

"It will change the game for us," he recalled telling Tennessee trainers. "He did a good job for us."

"I'm a winner. At the end of the day, if I don't have to be on the floor to win, that's fine."

Schofield sat on the bench for all five minutes of overtime. The senior was also on the bench for the last 1

4 seconds of regulation when Tennessee made a final game that resulted in a missed Jordan Bone 3-point.

"It's trust and love," said Grant Williams about Schofield's decision. "It's the chemistry we have. It's the respect for him as dang. I want to look back at that time this year from now on and say it's a good guy. It's a guy who really loves his team." [19659003] Schofield scored 17 first half Sunday, he only had two in the second half and hit a jumper when Iowa shot Tennessee to the limit.


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He missed a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left and Vols front for two. It was his last shot of the day.

During a timeout before the final regulation played, he removed from the game and left his trust in his teammates to expand his career.

"AD is an unselfish guy," said the guards Lamonte Turner. "AD told the coach that Kyle should be in. AD sat on his bench. It speaks of AD character. He is a good guy. We respect AD, he is our leader of this team."

Schofield had four mistakes in time, as he told coach Rick Barnes would prevent him from protecting as he wanted. So he said leaving Alexander, his colleague senior and roommate, to make important games for Vols.

Vols got it done and win 83-77 in overtime against Hawkeyes to move on to Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014.

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"The trust and connection we have on this team, it would be selfish to think I should take the game into my hands when we are a team," Schofield said. "That's what we are. At that moment, I just want to win. I didn't think I gave us the best chance of winning."