Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview
|Kentucky||A Goodwin 13.9||N Noel 9.5||R Harrow 3.2|
|Tennessee||J McRae 13.7||J Stokes 8.6||T Golden 3.8|
Tennessee plays host to No. 25 Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday. It starts at 1 p.m. EST and you can see it on CBS. The Volunteers lost to the Wildcats 75-65 on Jan. 15 and are 1-9 against them over the last four years.
Tennessee is in eigth place in the SEC, Kentucky is in second place.
In a 58-46 win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 13, Jarnell Stokes put up 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Volunteers. On top of his scoring average of 12.6 points per game, he delivers 8.6 rebounds per game. For the Wildcats, Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds in the 69-52 loss to Florida on Feb. 12. He is averaging 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Kentucky has the edge in two important areas. One concern is blocked shots, a key defensive component, in which the Wildcats hold the advantage over the Volunteers, 7 per game to 3 per game. Kentucky also has an advantage in scoring, 75 points per game to 63 points per game. Kentucky will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 53.8 percent and free throw rate at 42.8 percent.
- Trae Golden is ranked 5th in the SEC in assists.
- Tennessee has a stronger schedule than Kentucky this season (SOS Rank: No. 49 vs. No. 58).
- Jarnell Stokes is ranked 4th in the SEC in rebounds and 9th in the SEC in blocks.
- Tennessee players are more experienced than Kentucky players (10,863 minutes played vs. 8,812 minutes played).
- The Tennessee assist leader (Trae Golden, 79 assists) has more assists than the Kentucky assist leader (Archie Goodwin, 75 assists).