Zemek: Kentucky will Beat Tennessee in K-town

Tennessee-Kentucky

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

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Kentucky 0.480 0.362 0.744 337 1091 391 176 140 360
Kentucky OPP 0.402 0.352 0.692 264 819 307 157 82 377
Tennessee 0.505 0.357 0.765 280 1056 528 162 152 315
Tennessee OPP 0.394 0.334 0.650 331 950 344 169 65 371

Statistical Leaders

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PJ Washington 15.0 150 90 30
Tyler Herro 14.2 139 69 51
Keldon Johnson 13.6 128 89 36
Reid Travis 11.3 99 89 6
Ashton Hagans 7.6 77 49 10
Immanuel Quickley 5.4 42 46 21
EJ Montgomery 4.1 49 15 2
Nick Richards 3.6 37 28 0

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
PJ Washington 69 150 219 7.8
Reid Travis 68 111 179 6.9
Keldon Johnson 36 124 160 5.7
Tyler Herro 11 112 123 4.4
EJ Montgomery 49 61 110 3.9
Nick Richards 44 51 95 3.4
Ashton Hagans 14 48 62 2.2
Immanuel Quickley 1 45 46 1.6
Jemarl Baker Jr. 1 11 12 0.6
Quade Green 3 9 12 1.3
Jonny David 1 0 1 0.1

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Grant Williams 19.1 176 172 11
Admiral Schofield 16.7 186 43 53
Jordan Bone 13.1 140 53 33
Jordan Bowden 10.3 92 61 34
Kyle Alexander 7.9 88 43 3
John Fulkerson 3.6 35 28 0
Yves Pons 2.9 32 6 7
Derrick Walker 1.0 9 5 0

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Grant Williams 60 152 212 7.6
Kyle Alexander 66 116 182 6.5
Admiral Schofield 32 148 180 6.4
Jordan Bone 13 75 88 3.1
Jordan Bowden 16 71 87 3.2
John Fulkerson 28 46 74 2.7
Yves Pons 17 39 56 2.1
Lamonte Turner 5 45 50 2.6
Derrick Walker 7 19 26 1.1
Jalen Johnson 6 12 18 0.9
Lucas Campbell 0 3 3 0.5
Brock Jancek 0 2 2 0.3
Jacob Fleschman 0 1 1 0.2
Brad Woodson 0 1 1 0.3

NCAA RPI

Kentucky: 5
Tennessee: 7

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 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 Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
9-Nov vs S Illinois W 71-59
14-Nov vs North Dakota W 96-58
18-Nov vs VMI W 92-82
21-Nov vs Winthrop W 87-74
23-Nov vs Tennessee St W 77-62
28-Nov vs Monmouth W 90-44
1-Dec vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
15-Dec vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
29-Dec at Louisville W 71-58
5-Jan at Alabama L 77-75
8-Jan vs Texas A&M W 85-74
12-Jan vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
15-Jan at Georgia W 69-49
19-Jan at Auburn W 82-80
22-Jan vs Mississippi State W 76-55
26-Jan vs Kansas W 71-63
29-Jan at Vanderbilt W 87-52
2-Feb at Florida W 65-54
5-Feb vs South Carolina W 76-48
9-Feb at Mississippi State W 71-67
12-Feb vs LSU L 73-71
16-Feb vs Tennessee W 86-69
19-Feb at Missouri W 66-58
23-Feb vs Auburn W 80-53
26-Feb vs Arkansas W 70-66
2-Mar at Tennessee
5-Mar at Ole Miss
9-Mar vs Florida

Tennessee Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs Lenoir Rhyne W 86-41
9-Nov vs Louisiana W 87-65
13-Nov vs Georgia Tech W 66-53
Nov 21* at Louisville W 92-81
Nov 23* vs Kansas L 87-81
28-Nov vs E Kentucky W 95-67
2-Dec vs Texas A&M-CC W 79-51
Dec 9* vs Gonzaga W 76-73
15-Dec at Memphis W 102-92
19-Dec vs Samford W 83-70
22-Dec vs Wake Forest W 83-64
29-Dec vs Tenn Tech W 96-53
5-Jan vs Georgia W 96-50
8-Jan at Missouri W 87-63
12-Jan at Florida W 78-67
15-Jan vs Arkansas W 106-87
19-Jan vs Alabama W 71-68
23-Jan at Vanderbilt W 88-83 (OT)
26-Jan vs West Virginia W 83-66
29-Jan at South Carolina W 92-70
2-Feb at Texas A&M W 93-76
5-Feb vs Missouri W 72-60
9-Feb vs Florida W 73-61
13-Feb vs South Carolina W 85-73
16-Feb at Kentucky L 86-69
19-Feb vs Vanderbilt W 58-46
23-Feb at LSU L 82-80 OT
27-Feb at Ole Miss W 73-71
2-Mar vs Kentucky
5-Mar vs Mississippi State
9-Mar at Auburn

Kentucky-Tennessee Prediction

Is it hyperbolic to call this the biggest regular-season men’s basketball game in Tennessee history? I don’t think so. Kentucky at Tennessee is a moment of truth for the Vols, who lost to Big Blue in Rupp Arena and then lost at LSU because Lamonte Turner took a bad shot and Grant Williams committed an even worse foul at the end of overtime. Tennessee needs this game for a million different reasons. One is to stay as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament instead of falling to No. 3. Another is to avenge the loss in Rupp a few weeks ago. Most of all, though, this team – which labored through much of February – needs to notch a top-tier win before the NCAA Tournament, if only to remind itself that it can beat an elite team. Where is the team which defeated Gonzaga? It needs to show up… but will it? Kentucky 64, Tennessee 61. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 1:00 PM CT (2:00 PM ET). TV: CBS.

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