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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Vols at Kentucky



Jan. 30, 2012


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TENNESSEE vs. KENTUCKY
Tuesday Jan. 31 |7 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena | Lexington, Ky.

VOLS HEAD TO RUPP IN SEARCH OF ROAD WIN

  • This is the 10th time that Tennessee will face a Kentucky squad that occupies the top spot in the national AP poll. The Vols' lone win in the nine previous games was a 69-62 triumph on March 5, 1966.
  • Tennessee owns a 4-11 record against the top-ranked team in the AP poll, and the Vols have won each of their last two meetings against the nation's No. 1 team (at Memphis in 2008, Kansas in 2010).
  • UT is 4-2 in its last six games against the AP's top-ranked team.
  • Cuonzo Martin, in just his fourth season as a college head coach, has defeated two coaches this month who combine to boast five national championships. Connecticut's Jim Calhoun has three NCAA titles, and Florida's Billy Donovan has won two.
  • Tennessee owns a 4-11 record against the top-ranked team in the AP poll, and the Vols have won each of their last two meetings against the nation's No. 1 team (at Memphis in 2008, Kansas in 2010).
  • Cuonzo Martin and Darius Miller were a part of the USA Basketball squad that competed at the World University Games in Shenzen, China, last summer.
  • The Vols have held three elite teams to their lowest scoring output of the season. Tennessee held Florida to 56 points, Kentucky to 65 points and UConn to 57 points. In their last six games, the Vols are holding their opponents to an average of 58.7 points (four of those opponents were ranked).
  • Tennessee's home victory over Auburn Saturday was UT's 1,500th all-time win.

The Kentucky Series

  • This will be the 214th all-time meeting in the series ... Kentucky leads 147-66 ... The Wildcats have won four straight over the Vols ... Kentucky leads the series 51-46 when played in Knoxville ... The Wildcats hold an 85-16 advantage when playing in Lexington ... Tennessee's 66 wins against the Wildcats are more than any other Kentucky opponent ... Kentucky's 147 wins against Tennessee are the most of any opponent ... The Kentucky series is UT's oldest and mostplayed among SEC opponents ... The Vols and Wildcats first met on Feb. 5, 1910 ... Cuonzo Martin has an 0-1 coaching record vs. Kentucky.

Scoring vs. The Wildcats? Most Is Gone

  • The Vols scored 119 total points in two games against Kentucky last season ... Only 19 of those points were scored by players still on Tennessee's roster--so 84 percent of UT's offense vs. Kentucky from last season is gone.

Vols Enjoyed One-Of-A-Kind Reign Over UK

  • Tennessee finished ahead of Kentucky in the final SEC standings from 2006-09 ... That four-year feat has never been accomplished by an SEC team before or since.

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