SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Kentucky

Tennessee at Kentucky

The Tennessee Volunteers battle the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday in Lexington in a all-important SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game, including key players, a statistical comparison, team schedules, injury reports, game TV information and a final score prediction.

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Venue

Kentucky

Arena Name: Rupp Arena

Capacity: 23,000

Year Opened: 1976

Rupp Arena

Game Date/Time

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 1:00 PM ET

Team Statistical Comparison

Scoring Offense
Scoring Defense
Scoring Margin
Winning %
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
Three Point %
FT Made P/G
Three Pointers P/G
FT Attempts P/G
3-Point Attempts P/G
FG % Defense
3-Point % Defense
Fouls Per Game
Rebound Margin
Rebounds (Off.) P/G
Rebounds (Def) P/G
Rebounds Per Game
Assist/Turnover Ratio
TOs Forced P/G
Effective FG pct
Tennessee
72.3
56.4
16
76.9
43
72.7
32.7
13.7
7.7
18.9
23.5
35.5
24.7
16.7
7.7
13.62
26.27
39.88
1.36
15.65
0.494
Kentucky
74.7
68
6.7
65.4
45.6
69.7
36.3
12.6
6.8
18
18.7
43.5
33.1
15.8
7.7
13.5
24.73
38.23
1.4
11.65
0.512

Players and Stats

Tennessee

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Zakai Zeigler 5 SO G 5-9 160 10.9 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 5.5 Ast
Santiago Vescovi 25 SR G 6-3 188 12.3 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 2.7 Ast
Olivier Nkamhoua 13 SR F 6-8 223 10.7 Pts, 5.0 Reb, 1.9 Ast
Julian Phillips 2 FR F 6-8 198 9.0 Pts, 4.8 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Tyreke Key 4 SR G 6-3 205 8.6 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Josiah-Jordan James 30 SR G 6-6 207 9.5 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Uros Plavsic 33 SR C 7-0 262 5.5 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Jonas Aidoo 0 SO F 6-11 230 5.0 Pts, 5.1 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Jahmai Mashack 15 SO G 6-4 192 3.5 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Tobe Awaka 11 FR F 6-8 250 3.4 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.3 Ast
B.J. Edwards 1 FR G 6-3 188 1.5 Pts, 0.7 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Colin Coyne 35 JR F 6-9 239 0.7 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Kent Gilbert 21 JR G 6-1 164 0.0 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Alec Kegler 24 SO G 6-4 212 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Isaiah Sulack 31 SR G 6-5 170 0.0 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Kidd Brizek 32 FR G 6-6
D.J. Jefferson 44 FR G 6-5
Evan Shiflet 3 FR G 6-2

Kentucky

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Oscar Tshiebwe 34 SR F 6-9 260 15.8 Pts, 13.3 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Antonio Reeves 12 SR G 6-4 185 13.2 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Jacob Toppin 0 SR F 6-9 194 11.9 Pts, 6.4 Reb, 2.2 Ast
Cason Wallace 22 FR G 6-4 193 11.6 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 4.0 Ast
Sahvir Wheeler 2 SR G 5-10 180 7.7 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 5.6 Ast
Chris Livingston 24 FR F 6-6 220 6.0 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 0.6 Ast
CJ Fredrick 1 SR G 6-3 195 7.3 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Lance Ware 55 JR F 6-9 223 2.3 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Ugonna Onyenso 33 FR F 6-11 225 2.7 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Daimion Collins 4 SO F 6-9 202 2.3 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Adou Thiero 3 FR G 6-6 200 2.7 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Brennan Canada 14 SR F 6-6 198 1.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Walker Horn 21 FR G 6-1 200 0.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Kareem Watkins 25 JR G 5-8 145 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Grant Darbyshire 13 FR G 6-2

College Basketball Ratings

Rating Tennessee Kentucky
ESPN BPI 2 30
Sagarin 3 35
Massey Composite 7 45

Tennessee vs. Kentucky Basketball Series History

Kentucky leads 158-77

Tennessee Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Jonas Aidoo F 6′-11″ 241 SO Durham, NC
1 B.J. Edwards G 6′-3″ 188 FR Knoxville, TN
2 Julian Phillips F 6′-8″ 198 FR Blythewood, SC
3 Evan Shiflet G 6′-2″ 197 FR Nashville, TN
4 Tyreke Key G 6′-2″ 211 SR Celina, TN
5 Zakai Zeigler G 5′-9″ 171 SO Long Island, NY
11 Tobe Awaka F 6′-8″ 250 FR Hyde Park, NY
13 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-9″ 236 SR
15 Jahmai Mashack G 6′-4″ 201 SO Fontana, CA
21 Kent Gilbert G 6′-1″ 178 JR Greenville, NC
24 Alec Kegler F 6′-4″ 212 SO Clarksville, TN
25 Santiago Vescovi G 6′-3″ 192 SR
30 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 224 SR Charleston, SC
31 Isaiah Sulack G 6′-5″ 192 JR Knoxville, TN
32 Kidd Brizek G 6′-6″ 194 FR Powdersville, SC
33 Uros Plavsic F 7′-1″ 265 SR
35 Colin Coyne F 6′-9″ 239 JR Fredericksburg, VA
44 D.J. Jefferson G 6′-5″ 207 FR Richardson, TX

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Jacob Toppin F 6′-9″ 205 SR Brooklyn, NY
1 CJ Fredrick G 6′-3″ 185 SR Cincinnati, OH
2 Sahvir Wheeler G 5′-9″ 180 SR Houston, TX
3 Adou Thiero G 6′-6″ 200 FR Leetsdale, PA
4 Daimion Collins F 6′-9″ 210 SO Atlanta, TX
12 Antonio Reeves G 6′-5″ 205 SR Chicago, IL
13 Grant Darbyshire G 6′-2″ 190 FR Cincinnati, OH
14 Brennan Canada G 6′-6″ 205 SR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Walker Horn G 6′-4″ 200 FR Austin, TX
22 Cason Wallace G 6′-4″ 193 FR Dallas, TX
24 Chris Livingston F 6′-6″ 220 FR Akron, OH
25 Kareem Watkins G 5′-8″ 175 JR Camden, NJ
33 Ugonna Onyenso F 6′-11″ 225 FR
34 Oscar Tshiebwe F 6′-9″ 260 SR
55 Lance Ware F 6′-9″ 235 JR Camden, NJ

Tennessee Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Tennessee Tech 43 Tennessee 75
11/13/2022 Colorado 78 Tennessee 66
11/16/2022 FGCU 50 Tennessee 81
11/23/2022 Butler 45 Tennessee 71
11/24/2022 Tennessee 73 USC 66
11/25/2022 Tennessee 64 Kansas 50
11/30/2022 McNeese 40 Tennessee 76
12/4/2022 Alcorn St 40 Tennessee 94
12/7/2022 E Kentucky 49 Tennessee 84
12/11/2022 Maryland 53 Tennessee 56
12/17/2022 Tennessee 70 Arizona 75
12/21/2022 Austin Peay 44 Tennessee 86
12/28/2022 Tennessee 63 Ole Miss 59
1/3/2023 Mississippi State 53 Tennessee 87
1/7/2023 Tennessee 85 South Carolina 42
1/10/2023 Vanderbilt 68 Tennessee 77
1/14/2023 Kentucky 63 Tennessee 56
1/17/2023 Tennessee 70 Mississippi State 59
1/21/2023 Tennessee 77 LSU 56
1/25/2023 Georgia 41 Tennessee 70
1/28/2023 Texas 71 Tennessee 82
2/1/2023 Tennessee 54 Florida 67
2/4/2023 Auburn 43 Tennessee 46
2/8/2023 Tennessee 65 Vanderbilt 66
2/11/2023 Missouri 86 Tennessee 85
2/15/2023 Alabama 59 Tennessee 68
2/18/2023 Tennessee Kentucky
2/21/2023 Tennessee Texas A&M
2/25/2023 South Carolina Tennessee
2/28/2023 Arkansas Tennessee
3/4/2023 Tennessee Auburn
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Howard 63 Kentucky 95
11/11/2022 Duquesne 52 Kentucky 77
11/15/2022 Kentucky 77 Michigan State 86
11/17/2022 SC State 63 Kentucky 106
11/20/2022 Kentucky 72 Gonzaga 88
11/23/2022 North Florida 56 Kentucky 96
11/29/2022 Bellarmine 41 Kentucky 60
12/4/2022 Michigan 69 Kentucky 73
12/10/2022 Yale 59 Kentucky 69
12/17/2022 UCLA 63 Kentucky 53
12/21/2022 FAMU 68 Kentucky 88
12/28/2022 Kentucky 75 Missouri 89
12/31/2022 Louisville 63 Kentucky 86
1/3/2023 LSU 71 Kentucky 74
1/7/2023 Kentucky 52 Alabama 78
1/10/2023 South Carolina 71 Kentucky 68
1/14/2023 Kentucky 63 Tennessee 56
1/17/2023 Georgia 71 Kentucky 85
1/21/2023 Texas A&M 67 Kentucky 76
1/24/2023 Kentucky 69 Vanderbilt 53
1/28/2023 Kansas 77 Kentucky 68
1/31/2023 Kentucky 75 Ole Miss 66
2/4/2023 Florida 67 Kentucky 72
2/7/2023 Arkansas 88 Kentucky 73
2/11/2023 Kentucky 68 Georgia 75
2/15/2023 Kentucky 71 Mississippi State 68
2/18/2023 Tennessee Kentucky
2/22/2023 Kentucky Florida
2/25/2023 Auburn Kentucky
3/1/2023 Vanderbilt Kentucky
3/4/2023 Kentucky Arkansas
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Injuries and Suspensions

Tennessee

[G] Josiah-Jordan James (Ankle) – Questionable
[F] Julian Phillips (Hip) – Questionable
[G] D.J. Jefferson (Redshirt) – Out

Kentucky

[G] CJ Fredrick (Ribs) – Questionable
[G] Sahvir Wheeler (Ankle) – Out
[G] Grant Darbyshire (Lower Body) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Tennessee-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 67, Tennessee 65

Score prediction for entertainment purposes only.

Saturday‘s game tips off at 1:00 PM ET. TV: CBS.

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