Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview

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Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview
(25) Kentucky
(17-7, 4-5 away)
Tennessee
(13-10, 10-4 home)
Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, February 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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

No. 25 Kentucky travels to Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday to take on Tennessee. The game tips off at 1 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBS. The Wildcats defeated the Volunteers 75-65 on Jan. 15 and are 9-1 against them over the past four years.

Kentucky is currently in second place in the SEC and Tennessee is in eigth.

The Wildcats were defeated by Florida 69-52 on Feb. 12 despite 10 points from Julius Mays. He is putting up 9.3 points per game while also averaging 3 assists per game. For the Volunteers, Jarnell Stokes finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 58-46 win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 13. With 8.6 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Kentucky has an advantage in two key statistical areas. The Wildcats have the upper hand over the Volunteers in blocked shots, 7 per game to 3 per game. In addition, Kentucky has an advantage in scoring, 75 points per game to 63 points per game. Tennessee will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: free throw rate at 43.3 percent and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.5 percent.

Tennessee StatSmack

  • Kentucky is better under pressure, and has defeated Tennessee in five out of the last nine games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Kyle Wiltjer is ranked 4th in the SEC in three-pointers.
  • Nerlens Noel is ranked 26th nationally in rebounds, 37th nationally in steals, and 1st nationally in blocks.
  • Kentucky has been the favorite 29 out of the last 36 times.
  • Kentucky has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Tennessee (two vs. zero).
  • That must sting. Kentucky has blown out Tennessee by 20 points or more on six occasions since 1996.
  • Kentucky has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Tennessee (one vs. zero).
  • Archie Goodwin is ranked 8th in the SEC in points.
  • The Kentucky steals leader (Nerlens Noel, 50 steals) has more steals than the Tennessee steals leader (Josh Richardson, 21 steals).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Kentucky currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (963 to 962) than Tennessee, per the NCAA.
  • AP voters think more highly of Kentucky and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Tennessee (145 vs. 77).
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 32 10 9 2 2 4 2
B Archie Goodwin 32 14 5 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 12 6 1 0 0 2
B- Kyle Wiltjer 25 12 5 2 0 0 2
B- Julius Mays 32 9 3 3 0 0 1
B- W. Cauley-Stein 20 8 6 1 1 2 1
C+ Ryan Harrow 27 10 2 3 1 0 2
D+ Jarrod Polson 12 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jon Hood 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
TENN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Jarnell Stokes 28 13 9 1 1 1 2
B Jordan McRae 31 14 3 2 1 1 2
C+ Trae Golden 28 11 3 4 0 0 2
C+ Josh Richardson 30 8 5 1 1 1 2
C Kenny Hall 23 7 5 0 0 1 2
C- Derek Reese 15 4 2 1 0 0 0
C- Skylar McBee 24 5 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Armani Moore 12 2 3 1 0 1 1
D+ Yemi Makenjuola 8 2 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Q. Chievous 11 2 2 0 0 0 1
D D. Edwards 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Rob Murphy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Brandon Lopez 7 0 1 1 0 0 1
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