No. 13 Kentucky easily handles Tennessee, 83-58

  • No. 13 Kentucky easily handles Tennessee, 83-58

No. 13 Kentucky easily handles Tennessee, 83-58

The 82-80 loss to the Volunteers on January 21 started a stretch of three losses in four games before the Wildcats regrouped to win their last two, including 92-85 over LSU on February 7. We could say it was a two-point game.

"We were gosh terrible", said Barnes on Tuesday, but surely Kentucky had much to do with that.

Tennessee: (14-12): The Volunteers have lost two in a row but get one of the league's worst teams, Missouri, at home on Saturday. Now we're coming off a tough loss and we're on the road.

"Our mindset is really important", Barnes said. The trio averages over 50 points per game and are most likely to be first round draft picks. It's been a disheartening trend as the Volunteers held leads of 19, 15, 13 and 13 only to lose to Mississippi State, North Carolina, Arkansas and Ole Miss, respectively.

"We were really just gosh terrible and I think from Kentucky's vantage point I think they probably got everything they wanted to get done", Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said. "Hopefully, we'll do that".

Others also registered all-out effort on both ends and typified the complete performance that No. 13 Kentucky had sought for weeks.

It was a three point show for the Cats for nearly five minutes in the first half as they went on a huge run against the Vols.

The Vols aim to bounce back from a loss for the seventh time this season when they take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night. "They gotta have a plan". "It's just how you play basketball".

Calipari said he has some ideas on how to attack the issue, but wasn't offering details with Tennessee coming to town.

Barnes said the difference between the two teams' meetings boiled down to the production United Kingdom got out of its four position. "If I think you're playing timid in practice, I'm going to bury you". This team could be faster.

The game was so dominated by offense that 13 players scored in double figures. "Coach told me I have to rebound if we're going to win like we should".

"It is weird, I've never seen this side of his before", United Kingdom senior guard Dominique Hawkins said. You've got to move on to the next one... But when the basketball gods close one window, driving lanes open up. You know, we're a good 3-point shooting team, use your weapons. "You're going to have to make shots". You've got to be able to do it.

Kentucky (20-5, 10-2 SEC) hosts Tennessee (14-11, 6-6) at 7 Rupp Arena.

In the Wildcats' last six games, opponents have combined to score 116 more points in the second half.

"I'm sure they're looking at the tape seeing what J.J. Frazier did to us off ball screens and thinking they can do the same thing", Barnes said. It was the first game since December 3 against UCLA that the 6-10 freshman center posted a double-digit number in the rebounding category. Kentucky freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox and freshman forward Bam Adebayo were passengers involved in a vehicle accident Sunday, but neither was hurt.