Vols blown out at Rupp, 107-79
Most points by Kentucky against Tennessee since 2001 as UT remains winless on the road in the SEC
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The 22nd-ranked Tennessee men’s basketball team heads north Saturday for a matchup with rival Kentucky at Rupp Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET.
Tennessee (11-4, 2-2 SEC) picked up its second SEC home win on Tuesday, registering a 20-point win over South Carolina, 66-46. Junior guard Josiah-Jordan James finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and first of the season. He also had a pair of assists, one block and a steal. Freshman guard Zakai Zeigler finished the game with 11 points, four steals and four assists in 22 minutes off the bench.
Saturday marks Tennessee’s 15th meeting with Kentucky since Rick Barnes arrived in Knoxville prior to the 2015-16 season. The Vols have posted an 8-6 record against the Wildcats during that stretch, including winning their last two games at Rupp Arena.
• Tennessee trails the all-time series with Kentucky, 157-75, dating to 1910.
• The Wildcats have a 91-19 edge when the series is played in Lexington, but Tennessee has won three of the last four meetings at Rupp Arena, including each of the last two.• Overall, the Vols have won six of their last 10 games vs. Kentucky.
• Vols sophomore Justin Powell is a native of Prospect, Kentucky, and a graduate of North Oldham High School in Goshen.
• Several veteran Vols played against Kentucky guard Kellan Grady during his days at Davidson; the Vols face Davidson annually in a closed preseason scrimmage in Knoxville.
Saturday’s game at Kentucky marks the first of a two consecutive road games for Tennessee. The Vols are back on the road on Tuesday, taking on Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium. Tip-off in Nashville is set for 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
Vols started the scoring with an Olivier Nkamoua lay-up, but Kentucky responds in a big way hitting their first five shots including two transition three pointers by guard Kellen Grady. Kennedy Chandler also has a three point basket as the Cats jump out to a 12-5 lead.
Backcourt of Wheeler and Washington giving Vols defense trouble. Both guys are quick and both have 8pts. for a Kentucky team shooting 76% from the field so far. Kentucky has also turned over Tennessee 6 times. Cats lead 32-25 with 7:54 to go in the 1st half.
Wheeler and Tschibwe each have two fouls, but Kentucky continues to lead by 9, 41-32 with 3:22 left in the half. Vols shooting 50% from three (6-12) but are being outworked on the glass (12-5). Kentucky puts up 52 in a half on a UT team giving up 60 points per game. Cats tough in transition, the boards and on target shooting the ball at 78%. A big half for TyTy Washington, 14 pts. picking up the slack with Wheeler and Tschibwe on the bench late. 10 Tennessee turnovers have also led to 17 Kentucky points. 52-38 Wildcats at halftime.
It’s all about TyTy! UK’s Washington with 21pts. Statistically the 2nd best defense in the country, Vols have no answer on that end. By the way, it’s John Fulkerson with 0 points and 0 rebounds so far as the Vols trail 67-45 with 16:24 to go.
Vols getting blown out at Rupp as Cats continue to connect from the outside. Kentucky shooting nearly 80% for the game has opened up an 81-52 lead with 11:24 remaining the the game. A loss would keep Tennessee winless on the road in SEC play and drop Tennessee’s Conference record below .500 once again.
At the under 8 minute media mark the Wildcats lead the Vols 89-62. Vescovi leads Tennessee with 17, Washington has 23 for the Cats who’ve hit 8 3-pointers and have forced 18 UT turnovers.
Record setting 1st half shooting the ball for the Wildcats who continued to pour it on after the break. TyTy Washington scores a career high 28 pts. as Kentucky scores the most points against UT since 2001. Vols remain winless on the road in the SEC falling at Rupp, 107-79.
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