SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Tennessee

Tennessee-Kentucky basketball game preview

The Kentucky Wildcats tangle with the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday in Knoxville in an 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.

John H. Sanford, 14Powers SEC Basketball

Venue

Tennessee

Arena Name: Thompson-Boling Arena

Capacity: 21,678

Year Opened: 1987

Thompson-Boling Arena

Game Date/Time

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 12:00 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
Kentucky
71.0
64.2
6.8
75.00
42.7
73.8
34.3
15.7
7.1
21.2
20.6
40.8
28.4
14.8
6.1
12.12
26.94
39.06
0.85
12.44
0.489
Tennessee
75.5
53.4
22.1
87.5
44.4
72.7
34.6
14.8
8.2
20.4
23.7
33.5
20.9
16.5
9.9
14.38
26.69
41.06
1.31
17.12
0.514

Players and Stats

Kentucky

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Oscar Tshiebwe 34 SR F 6-9 260 16.0 Pts, 13.1 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Antonio Reeves 12 SR G 6-4 185 11.8 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Cason Wallace 22 FR G 6-4 193 11.6 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 3.7 Ast
Jacob Toppin 0 SR F 6-9 194 10.9 Pts, 6.1 Reb, 1.7 Ast
Sahvir Wheeler 2 SR G 5-10 180 9.5 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 6.3 Ast
CJ Fredrick 1 SR G 6-3 195 7.8 Pts, 0.7 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Chris Livingston 24 FR F 6-6 220 5.4 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Lance Ware 55 JR F 6-9 223 3.4 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Ugonna Onyenso 33 FR F 6-11 225 3.2 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Daimion Collins 4 SO F 6-9 202 1.9 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Adou Thiero 3 FR G 6-6 200 2.9 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 0.6 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

Tennessee

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Summary
Nkamhoua 13 SR F 6-8 223 11.6 Pts, 4.9 Reb, 2.4 Ast
Santiago Vescovi 25 SR G 6-3 188 12.9 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 3.4 Ast
Julian Phillips 2 FR F 6-8 198 10.3 Pts, 5.4 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Zakai Zeigler 5 SO G 5-9 160 10.0 Pts, 3.2 Reb, 4.4 Ast
Tyreke Key 4 SR G 6-3 205 9.3 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 1.7 Ast
Jonas Aidoo 0 SO F 6-11 230 5.6 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Uros Plavsic 33 SR C 7-0 262 5.5 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Jahmai Mashack 15 SO G 6-4 192 4.6 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Josiah-Jordan James 30 SR G 6-6 207 8.9 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 1.8 Ast
Tobe Awaka 11 FR F 6-8 250 3.1 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 0.4 Ast
B.J. Edwards 1 FR G 6-3 188 1.4 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.5 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

College Basketball Ratings

Rating Kentucky Tennessee
ESPN BPI 25 2
Sagarin 53 2
Massey Composite 50 3

Kentucky vs. Tennessee Basketball Series History

Kentucky leads 158-77

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 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 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 Tennessee
1/17/2023 Georgia Kentucky
1/21/2023 Texas A&M Kentucky
1/24/2023 Kentucky Vanderbilt
1/28/2023 Kansas Kentucky
1/31/2023 Kentucky Ole Miss
2/4/2023 Florida Kentucky
2/7/2023 Arkansas Kentucky
2/11/2023 Kentucky Georgia
2/15/2023 Kentucky Mississippi State
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

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 Tennessee
1/17/2023 Tennessee Mississippi State
1/21/2023 Tennessee LSU
1/25/2023 Georgia Tennessee
1/28/2023 Texas Tennessee
2/1/2023 Tennessee Florida
2/4/2023 Auburn Tennessee
2/8/2023 Tennessee Vanderbilt
2/11/2023 Missouri Tennessee
2/15/2023 Alabama Tennessee
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

Injuries and Suspensions

Kentucky

[F] Jacob Toppin (Shoulder) – Questionable
[G] Grant Darbyshire (Lower Body) – Out

Tennessee

[G] D.J. Jefferson (Redshirt) – Out
Source: statfox.com

Kentucky-Tennessee Prediction

Tennessee 84, Kentucky 63

Score prediction for entertainment purposes only.

Saturday‘s game tips off at 12:00 PM ET ET. TV: ESPN.

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