LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tennessee takes on one of its oldest and biggest rivals in hostile territory this afternoon, and govols247 is in Rupp Arena to bring you the latest.
Kentucky's Rupp Arena
Tennessee put a tough loss to Texas A&M in the past and took care of Auburn on Wednesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena to set up today’s showdown in Rupp, while the Wildcats lost a midweek, overtime game at Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena.
Kentucky, stocked as usual with an impressive group of future NBA draft picks, has been a hit-and-miss team this season, but Calipari’s Cats have been impressive in spots. And Rupp has rarely been a friendly venue for the Vols, who have beaten Kentucky more times than any program in history but have won just four times in Rupp — 1977, 1979, 1999 and 2006.
Today’s matchup is, on paper, a clash of decidedly different styles. It’s early in SEC play, but the Vols have the league’s best scoring defense (58.0 points per game) and the Wildcats have the league’s best scoring offense (80.3 ppg).
Experience is another interesting storyline between Tennessee and Kentucky. The Vols get 83.8 of their scoring from upperclassmen, while the Wildcats get 98.8 percent of their scoring from underclassmen.
But today also seems to be a strength-on-strength matchup in at least one critical area — rebounding. Kentucky (+15.7) and Tennessee (+11.7) are first and second in the SEC in rebounding margin.
Updates and analysis from today's game, as well as quotes and notes from postgame interviews with players and coaches from both teams, will be included in this thread.
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