Jan. 15, 2013
Tennessee last beat Kentucky on Feb. 27, 2010 with a 74-65 win in Knoxville. The Vols have dropped six straight in the series with the Cats.
Tennessee is 16-87 all-time in games at Kentucky. The Vols are 4-34 all-time at Rupp Arena with the lone wins coming in 1977, 1979, 1999 and 2006. The Vols won two of the first three meetings before dropping 33 of the next 35 matchups.
The Vols last win over Kentucky in Lexington came on Feb. 7, 2006, a 75-67 win over the Wildcats. Since that game, the Vols have lost seven straight games at UK.
Kentucky (149-66) is one of only three SEC schools (along with Alabama (75-65) and Missouri (4-2) to lead its all-time series against the Volunteers.
The Kentucky series is UT's oldest and most-played among SEC opponents. The Vols and Wildcats first met on Feb. 5, 1910, and have clashed 215 times over the years.
At least one of these teams has been ranked for each of the last seven meetings in this series.
No program in college basketball has logged more wins over Kentucky than Tennessee (66).
With neither team ranked this the first such meeting since 2009. The last seven meetings included a ranked team.
ON THE ROAD
The Vols played their second road game since Dec. 5, when Tennessee lost at Virginia. The Vols lost at Alabam on Saturday. Prior to the game in Tuscaloosa, Tennessee hadn't played a road game in 38 days.
The game at Kentucky was just the fourth true road game for the Vols this season with the only others coming at Georgetown on Nov. 30 and at Virginia and Alabama.
UT is now 0-4 in true road games in 2012-13. Last season, the Vols started 0-7 on the road before upsetting No. 8 Florida in Gainesville on Feb. 11, 2012. The Vols ended 2011-12 winning three of their final road games to finish 3-8 on road games last season.
The Vols kept their starting lineup the same for the second game in a row with Trae Golden coming off the bench for the second time this season -- and second game in a row.
Skylar McBee started for the second game in a row while Jordan McRae started for the third in a row. Jarnell Stokes and Josh Richardson have started all 15 games and Kenny Hall has started all 14 he had played in.
The Vols' first bucket came on a 3-pointer by Skylar McBee at the 17:51 mark.
The Vols first six baskets came from six different players.
McRAE CONTINUES TO ROLL
Guard Jordan McRae scored 23 points and is now averaging 24.0 over his last four games. He had tallied a career-high 26 against Memphis and Ole Miss and added 21 at Alabama.
He has 62 in the last four games in second halves with nine at Alabama. He had 21 in the second half vs. Memphis, 19 vs. Ole Miss prior to this game.
It was McRae's 11th game in double-figures this season and 26th in his career.
McRae now has five-career 20-point performances, three this season, all in his last three games.
NO FIRST FREE THROWS
The Vols did not attempt a first half free throw. It was the first time this season, they did not attempt one. The last time UT didn't attempt a free throw in the first half was at LSU (2/28/12). In that game, UT trailed 35-24 at the halftime and rallied to win 74-69 in overtime.
The school record for fewest free throws in a game is 1-of-1 when the Vols lost at Ole Miss on Feb. 6, 1986.
The Vols finished 11-of-17 from the line at Kentucky.
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH
Kenny Hall had two dunks for 12th and 13th dunks of the season. Hall has 68 dunks in his career, the most of any active Vol. His slams at UK came in the first few minutes of each half.
The Vols return home to host Mississippi State on Saturday at 4 p.m. That game will air on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Vol Network.