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Vol Hoops Central: Kentucky



Jan. 13, 2013


TENNESSEE VS. KENTUCKY
Jan. 15, 2013   |   7 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena   |   Lexington, Ky.

GAME PREVIEW: KENTUCKY
  • Tennessee is seeking its first true road win of the season and also is looking to avoid its first 0-3 start to SEC play since the 1997-98 campaign.
  • Kentucky is one of only three SEC schools (along with Alabama and Missouri) 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 214 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).
  • Entering December, Kentucky owned a 55-game home winning streak. But the Cats have lost twice at Rupp Arena this season, falling to Baylor on Dec. 1 and Texas A&M on Saturday.


  • A Tennessee win on Tuesday would give Kentucky its first two-game home losing streak since March of 2009 (LSU and Georgia).
  • Underclassmen account for 84.5 percent of Kentucky's scoring. Upperclassmen are responsible for 59.3 percent of UT's points this season.
  • Tennessee has defeated a John Calipari-coached team five times since he returned to the college game in 2000-01.
  • UT has held 12 of 14 opponents to fewer than 70 points this season. Kentucky averages 77.4 ppg.
  • In SEC play, Vols junior Jordan McRae ranks second in the league in scoring (23.5 ppg) and tied for fifth in field-goal percentage (.571).

VOLS SECOND IN SEC WINS SINCE 2005-06
  • In league play, Tennessee is the SEC's second-winningest program dating to the 2005-06 season.
  • Tennessee's 75 SEC regular-season wins during that span are second only to Kentucky (79).
  • Rounding out the top five is Florida (74), Vanderbilt (66) and Mississippi State (62).


FOES FINDING EDGE AT FOUL LINE
  • Tennessee's two SEC opponents have combined to shoot 86 percent at the free-throw line against the Vols (54-of-63).
  • Ole Miss went 38-of-44 at the foul line, and Alabama was 16-for-19 at the stripe.
  • In those two losses, the Vols attempted an average of just 21 free throws per game, making them at a .595 clip (25-of-42).


BIG ORANGE THORN IN CALIPARI'S SIDE
  • Since UK coach John Calipari returned to the college game in 2000-01, Tennessee has dealt him five losses. Only Louisville has more wins over Calipari-coached teams during that span.


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