Vol Hoops Central: Kentucky

Feb. 14, 2013

Feb. 16, 2013   |   1 p.m. ET
Thompson-Boling Arena   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Tennessee came up short in its bid for the Vols' first win at Rupp Arena since 2006, as Kentucky captured a 75-65 victory on Jan. 15.
  • Jordan McRae led the Vols in scoring for the fourth game in a row, with 23 points. He became the first Vol since Chris Lofton with four consecutive games of 20 points or more. Lofton, who sat behind the Vols bench for this game, did it in five games in a row in Jan.-Feb. 2008.
  • The Vols were in foul trouble all night, as both Yemi Makanjuola and Jarnell Stokes fouled out after combining for just six points and eight rebounds in only 27 total minutes.
  • Kentucky hit consecutive shots to break a 56-56 tie as Ryan Harrow laid home the go-ahead bucket. Then Julius Mays canned a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4:58 left in regulation. That gave the Cats a 61-56 lead. Mays hit another trey with 4:20 left to put the Cats ahead by six at 64-58, and Kyle Wiltjer followed with two layups and a free throw to put the Cats ahead 69-62 with 1:42 left in the game. Nerlens Noel's slam dunk with a minute left sealed the win, putting UK ahead by eight at 71-63.

  • The Vols had a chance to cut the deficit to one possession, as Mays was called for a flagrant foul sending Josh Richardson to the foul line, but he missed both free throws with 42.7 seconds left.
  • Kentucky led 34-31 at halftime, as Archie Goodwin scored the final four points of the half. McRae had 11 in the first half to lead the Vols, and Wiltjer had 10 for UK. Tennessee shot 56 percent in the first half, but did not attempt a free throw.
  • Kentucky was led by Wiltjer's 17 points. Noel (12), Harrow (12) and Alex Poythress (10) also scored in double-figures. Mays' (9 points) pair of late 3-pointers did the Vols in.

  • The first Tennessee team coached by the legendary Ray Mears is being honored during Saturday's game.
  • This is the 50th anniversary of that 1962-63 squad.
  • Several members of that team are expected to be present Saturday.

Complete Game Notes





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