Vol Hoops Central: at Kentucky

Jan. 16, 2014


Jan. 18, 2014   |   12 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena   |   Lexington, Ky.

  • In league play, Tennessee boasts the best scoring defense in the conference, holding SEC opponents to just 58.0 points per game.
  • Kentucky, meanwhile, owns the best scoring offense in league play, averaging 80.3 points in SEC action.
  • Also in SEC play, Kentucky (+15.7) and Tennessee (+11.7) rank first and second, respectively in rebounding margin. The Cats lead the league in rebounding (45.0 rpg), and the Vols lead the league in rebounding defense (27.7 rpg).
  • For each of the last seven meetings in this series, the team that wins the rebounding battle has won the game.
  • 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 216 times over the years.

  • Kentucky is one of only three SEC schools (along with Alabama and Missouri) to lead its all-time series against the Volunteers.
  • No program in college basketball has logged more wins over Kentucky than Tennessee (67).
  • The Vols have beaten the Wildcats just four times at Rupp Arena, posting victories in 1977, 1979, 1999 and 2006.
  • Since the AP poll was established, an unranked Tennessee team has beaten a ranked Kentucky team 17 times.
  • Since UK coach John Calipari returned to the college game in 2000-01, Tennessee has dealt him six losses. No other program has more wins over Calipari-coached teams during that span (Louisville also has six).
  • Underclassmen account for 98.8 percent of Kentucky's scoring. Upperclassmen are responsible for 83.8 percent of UT's points this season.

  • Tennessee posted its largest win ever against Kentucky with a 88-58 dismantling of the defending national champions before a sold-out Thompson-Boling Arena Feb. 16, 2013.
  • Trae Golden (who has since transferred to Georgia Tech) scored 24 points and handed out eight assists without a turnover. He was 11-of-12 from the foul line.
  • Jordan McRae scored 15 and senior Kenny Hall added 12 points.
  • Sophomore Jarnell Stokes fell just short of his seventh consecutive double-double as he finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
  • The previous largest margin of victory in the series with Kentucky, which dates to 1910, was a 28-point win, 87-59, on Jan. 22, 1968.
  • For Kentucky head coach John Calipari, the game marked the largest loss of his college coaching career since his first season as a head coach at UMass in 1988-89.

  • Said Calipari postgame: "They deserved to beat us by 50 points, today. They played harder, they played rougher and they executed better. They were stronger with the ball."
  • The Vols were a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range, including three treys by Skylar McBee. Tennessee led by as many as 39 ,with 2:28 left in regulation as D'Montre Edwards made a pair of free throws on technical foul free throws. That put UT ahead, 86-47.
  • Tennessee went on a 13-0 run over four minutes to expand its lead from 22-12 to 35-12 on a pair of Josh Richardson free throws with 7:22 left in the first half.
  • A wild first half saw the Vols build a 50-26 lead at halftime. It was the most points the Vols scored in a first half of an SEC game since Feb. 27, 2007, when they led Florida, 50-31. The +24 margin was the largest since leading LSU by 32 (50-18) on Jan. 4, 1999.
  • Kyle Wiltjer scored 18 points, Julius Mays had 12 and Jarrod Polson added 11 for Kentucky.

  • Chris Lofton reeled off 31 points, Major Wingate scored 12 and C.J. Watson added 10 as No. 11 Tennessee beat Kentucky 75-67 at Rupp Arena on Feb. 7, 2006.
  • Beating the Wildcats was three times as nice during the 1978-79 season. UT notched program win No. 900 in Lexington on Jan. 20, 66-55, before topping UK 101-84 in Knoxville on Feb. 17. Then the Vols won the 1979 SEC Tournament with a 75-69 win over UK in Birmingham, Ala. on March 3. Current Vol Network radio analyst Bert Bertelkamp was UT's point guard that season.
  • As Bernard King walked off the court at Memorial Gym after a deflating 88-82 loss on Jan. 13, 1975, a Kentucky fan flipped a cigarette into the Tennessee legend's hair. Outraged, King vowed he would never lose to Kentucky again. He vigorously carried out that promise, finishing his career 5-1 against the Wildcats.

  • For the first season since 1952-53, Tennessee does not host border rival and SEC foe Kentucky in Knoxville.
  • In years in which both programs had active teams, this is the first year since 1922 that the Vols won't face UK in Knoxville. Tennessee did not have a team in 1943-44 (WWII), and Kentucky canceled its season in 1952-53 (NCAA violations).
  • When the SEC's new 14-team, 18-game schedule was introduced last season, each team was designated one "permanent opponent." Those teams play a home-and-home series every year.
  • Tennessee's permanent opponent is Vanderbilt. Kentucky's is Florida.

Complete Game Notes





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