SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Kentucky

Tennessee at Kentucky

Tennessee visits Kentucky on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Tennessee 0.432 0.306 0.745 291 1012 425 175 168 397
Tennessee OPP 0.464 0.360 0.709 292 1100 492 216 99 424
Kentucky 0.461 0.331 0.795 276 1080 397 152 149 364
Kentucky OPP 0.416 0.346 0.712 315 1022 367 150 59 420

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Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 29 13.7 132 85 47
John Fulkerson Tennessee 29 13.1 141 97 1
Yves Pons Tennessee 29 10.9 123 44 26
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 25 7.2 62 31 26
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 29 3.4 39 19 1
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 29 3.2 29 17 18
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 27 2.7 19 31 3
Drew Pember Tennessee 22 1.3 8 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Fulkerson Tennessee 58 112 170 5.9
Yves Pons Tennessee 50 105 155 5.3
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 26 113 139 5.6
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 14 103 117 4.0
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 33 58 91 3.1
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 14 47 61 2.1
Santiago Vescovi Tennessee 10 46 56 3.3
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 15 40 55 2.0
Lamonte Turner Tennessee 7 32 39 3.5
Drew Pember Tennessee 10 12 22 1.0
Uros Plavsic Tennessee 8 7 15 1.1
Zach Kent Tennessee 0 2 2 1.0
Jacob Fleschman Tennessee 1 0 1 0.2
Brock Jancek Tennessee 1 0 1 0.2

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 28 16.3 128 141 58
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 29 14.0 141 93 30
Nick Richards Kentucky 29 13.9 153 98 0
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 29 11.5 103 112 16
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 26 6.3 68 28 1
Nate Sestina Kentucky 26 5.8 52 25 21
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 29 4.3 52 17 3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 26 2.5 23 10 10

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 76 149 225 7.8
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 44 99 143 5.5
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 11 117 128 4.4
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 15 106 121 4.3
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 6 110 116 4.0
Nate Sestina Kentucky 34 65 99 3.8
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 30 65 95 3.3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 12 37 49 1.9
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 14 17 31 1.7

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NCAA NET

Tennessee: 67

Kentucky: 14

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 198 SO Cartersville, GA
1 Nate Sestina F 6′-9″ 234 SR Emporium, PA
2 Kahlil Whitney F 6′-6″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
3 Tyrese Maxey G 6′-3″ 198 FR Garland, TX
4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 247 JR Kingston, Jamaica
5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 188 SO Havre De Grace, MD
10 Johnny Juzang G 6′-6″ 214 FR Los Angeles, CA
11 Dontaie Allen G 6′-6″ 200 FR Falmouth, KY
12 Keion Brooks Jr. F 6′-7″ 205 FR Fort Wayne, IN
13 Riley Welch G 6′-0″ 185 JR Littleton, CO
14 Brennan Canada F 6′-6″ 198 FR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 235 FR Lexington, KY
23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 228 SO Fort Pierce, FL
33 Ben Jordan F 6′-9″ 250 SO Olive Hill, KY

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Scouting Report


Kentucky (24-5, 14-2 SEC) defeated Auburn 73-66 on Saturday in Lexington to solidify their lock on the 2019-20 SEC regular season title. Sharp shooting Immanuel Quickley, who wasn’t as sharp from 3-range in this game as normally, led the Wildcats with 18 points. J’Von McCormick topped the Tigers with just 13 points. It’s too bad that fouls decide games these days but Kentucky won this game at the free throw line. Not only making more free throws than Auburn (27-13 but preventing the Tigers from getting boatload of free throws like had in the Auburn win earlier this season. In that game the Tigers had over 40 free throw attempts.

Kentucky is sixth in the SEC in scoring offense (74.6 ppg) and fourth in the conference in scoring defense (65.4 ppg). Like most John Calipari coached teams at Kentucky, the Wildcats have steadily improved as the season progressed. Sharp shooting Immanuel Quickley is the Wildcat’s to scorer averaging over 16 points a contest. Although he didn’t hit as many threes as normal against Auburn, he’s one of the best shooters in the nation.

Tennessee (16-13, 8-8 SEC) is running on fumes in the Vols quest to make a return trip to the Big Dance. They stayed alive with a big 63-58 win over Florida on Saturday in Knoxville. John Fulkerson led the Vols with 22 points. Kerry Blackshear Jr. topped the Gators with 20 points. This game was fairly even statistically. The Vols force five more turnovers than Florida and were more accurate from the field (52%-47%). Florida won the rebounding battle but rebounds sometimes do not provide a good indicator on how a team performed in a game. If a team is missing a lot of shots than the other team they likely will get many more defensive rebounds than their more accurate shooting opponent. Tennessee also had seven blocks shots to the Gator’s two.

The Vols are the stingiest team in the SEC defense wise, allowing just over 63 points a game. Meanwhile, Tennessee is next to last in scoring offense, scoring just 66.7 points a contest. Jordan Bowden (13.7 ppg) and John Fulkerson (13.1 ppg) are the Vols’ two leading scorers. Tennessee is leading the league in assists (14.7 apg) and blocked shots (5.8 bpg).

This is a game that Kentucky should win however, the Wildcats can’t afford to take Tennessee lightly. While UK is a certain lock for an NCAA berth, Tennessee is the epitome of a bubble team. If the Vols lose this game they probably won’t be in the Big Dance short of a deep SECT run. In short, their backs are against the wall and those teams can be dangerous.

Tennessee-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 72, Tennessee 66


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET (8:00 CT). TV: ESPN.

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