Lexington, KY - January 15, 2013: guard Jordan McRae #52 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics
Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) TENNESSEE (11-5, 2-1 SEC) vs. KENTUCKY (12-4, 2-1 SEC)
Jan. 18, 2014 | 12:05 p.m. ET | Rupp Arena | Lexington, Ky.
TV: CBS (Andrew Catalon and Clark Kellogg)
STREAMING VIDEO: CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Mobile
RADIO: Vol Network (Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp)
SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius Channel 91 (UK feed); XM Channel 91 (UK feed)
ONLINE: UTsports.com (live blog and Vol Network audio stream)
TWITTER & INSTAGRAM: @Vol_Hoops
ITEMS OF NOTE
· 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).
· 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.
THE KENTUCKY SERIES
· 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.
· Tennessee trails the all-time series with Kentucky 67-149.
· Kentucky owns an 87-16 series lead in Lexington.
· For each of the last seven meetings in this series, the team that wins the rebounding battle has won the game.
· 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.
· A Tennessee victory on Saturday would give the Vols their first back-to-back wins in this series since 1999.
HISTORIC RIVALRY TAKES A HIT
· 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.
LAST MEETING WITH KENTUCKY...
· 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.
· 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 (who has since transferred to Gonzaga) scored 18 points, Julius Mays had 12 and Jarrod Polson added 11 for Kentucky.
WEBSTER WAS A WILDCAT ONCE
· Third-year Tennessee associate head coach Tracy Webster spent two seasons (2008-09) on Billy Gillispie’s Kentucky staff.
· UK reached the postseason both years, appearing in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and reaching the NIT quarterfinals in 2009.
MEMORABLE VOL PERFORMANCES AGAINST THE WILDCATS
· 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 lit 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.
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