SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Kentucky

Tennessee at Kentucky

Tennessee plays at Kentucky on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Tennessee 0.515 0.368 0.767 245 915 478 141 141 272
Tennessee OPP 0.391 0.333 0.631 291 809 297 145 55 331
Kentucky 0.475 0.353 0.746 301 941 340 158 117 309
Kentucky OPP 0.407 0.354 0.691 221 708 263 136 77 340

Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Grant Williams 19.4 154 149 9
Admiral Schofield 16.7 159 38 45
Jordan Bone 13.2 119 52 26
Jordan Bowden 11.5 87 56 34
Kyle Alexander 8.5 83 37 2
John Fulkerson 3.7 30 25 0
Yves Pons 3.0 29 6 6
Derrick Walker 1.2 9 5 0

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Grant Williams 48 130 178 7.4
Kyle Alexander 61 105 166 6.9
Admiral Schofield 27 127 154 6.4
Jordan Bowden 15 62 77 3.3
Jordan Bone 12 64 76 3.2
John Fulkerson 24 38 62 2.7
Yves Pons 16 36 52 2.3
Derrick Walker 7 18 25 1.3

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PJ Washington 14.4 123 78 22
Keldon Johnson 14.0 111 81 33
Tyler Herro 13.3 117 45 40
Reid Travis 11.6 96 81 6
Ashton Hagans 7.1 63 40 5
Immanuel Quickley 5.9 39 44 19
EJ Montgomery 4.2 43 13 2
Nick Richards 3.4 30 21 0

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
PJ Washington 64 130 194 8.1
Reid Travis 65 104 169 7.0
Keldon Johnson 27 100 127 5.3
Tyler Herro 9 88 97 4.0
EJ Montgomery 45 50 95 4.0
Nick Richards 33 38 71 3.0
Ashton Hagans 14 43 57 2.4
Immanuel Quickley 1 41 42 1.8

NCAA RPI

Tennessee: 4
Kentucky: 6

Tennessee Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Jordan Bone G 6′-3″ 174 JR Nashville, TN
#1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 195 JR Florence, AL
#2 Grant Williams F 6′-7″ 236 JR Charlotte, NC
#4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 170 SO Austin, TX
#5 Admiral Schofield G 6′-6″ 241 SR Zion, IL
#10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 197 SO Kingsport, TN
#11 Kyle Alexander F 6′-11″ 215 SR Milton, ON
#12 Brad Woodson G 6′-1″ 177 SR Murfreesboro, TN
#13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 187 SO Durham, NC
#15 Derrick Walker F 6′-8″ 236 SO Kansas City, MO
#23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 JR Knoxville, TN
#24 Lucas Campbell G 6′-4″ 185 SR Knoxville, TN
#32 D.J. Burns F 6′-9″ 272 FR Rock Hill, SC
#33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 225 SO Magnolia, DE
#34 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 212 FR Knoxville, TN
#35 Yves Pons F 6′-6″ 209 SO Fuveau, France

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

Tennessee Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs Lenoir Rhyne W 86-41
Nov 9 vs Louisiana W 87-65
Nov 13 vs Georgia Tech W 66-53
Nov 21* at Louisville W 92-81
Nov 23* vs Kansas L 87-81
Nov 28 vs E Kentucky W 95-67
Dec 2 vs Texas A&M-CC W 79-51
Dec 9* vs Gonzaga W 76-73
Dec 15 at Memphis W 102-92
Dec 19 vs Samford W 83-70
Dec 22 vs Wake Forest W 83-64
Dec 29 vs Tenn Tech W 96-53
Jan 5 vs Georgia W 96-50
Jan 8 at Missouri W 87-63
Jan 12 at Florida W 78-67
Jan 15 vs Arkansas W 106-87
Jan 19 vs Alabama W 71-68
Jan 23 at Vanderbilt W 88-83 (OT)
Jan 26 vs West Virginia W 83-66
Jan 29 at South Carolina W 92-70
Feb 2 at Texas A&M W 93-76
Feb 5 vs Missouri W 72-60
Feb 9 vs Florida W 73-61
Feb 13 vs South Carolina W 85-73
Feb 16 at Kentucky
Feb 19 vs Vanderbilt
Feb 23 at LSU
Feb 27 at Ole Miss
Mar 2 vs Kentucky
Mar 5 vs Mississippi State
Mar 9 at Auburn

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
Nov 9 vs S Illinois W 71-59
Nov 14 vs North Dakota W 96-58
Nov 18 vs VMI W 92-82
Nov 21 vs Winthrop W 87-74
Nov 23 vs Tennessee St W 77-62
Nov 28 vs Monmouth W 90-44
Dec 1 vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
Dec 15 vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
Dec 29 at Louisville W 71-58
Jan 5 at Alabama L 77-75
Jan 8 vs Texas A&M W 85-74
Jan 12 vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
Jan 15 at Georgia W 69-49
Jan 19 at Auburn W 82-80
Jan 22 vs Mississippi State W 76-55
Jan 26 vs Kansas W 71-63
Jan 29 at Vanderbilt W 87-52
Feb 2 at Florida W 65-54
Feb 5 vs South Carolina W 76-48
Feb 9 at Mississippi State W 71-67
Feb 12 vs LSU L 73-71
Feb 16 vs Tennessee
Feb 19 at Missouri
Feb 23 vs Auburn
Feb 26 vs Arkansas
Mar 2 at Tennessee
Mar 5 at Ole Miss
Mar 9 vs Florida

Tennessee-Kentucky Prediction

Here. We. Go. No. 1 Tennessee carries a 19-game winning streak into Rupp Arena to face Kentucky. LSU did alter the complexion of this matchup by upsetting Kentucky on Tuesday, but this is still a heavyweight fight and still a game everyone in college basketball wants to see. It promises to be good – it always did – but Kentucky now figures to bring an added measure of desperation to the court since it must win this game to have any hope of winning the SEC’s regular-season championship. This game figures to turn based on Kentucky’s ability to get high-quality shots against Tennessee’s defense. Kentucky’s 3-point shooting is a prime weakness. The Wildcats have to pound the ball inside, make Tennessee pack the paint, and create open looks as the game evolves. Big Blue has flaws, but they probably won’t be magnified at home in a must-win situation. Kentucky 75, Tennessee 72. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 7:00 PM CT (8:00 PM ET). TV: ESPN.

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