Saturday afternoon will bring us a ranked matchup between two SEC rivals as the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers head on up I-75 to Lexington, KY, to meet the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 SEC) notched a victory in Nashville on Tuesday when taking down Vanderbilt in a 78-66 victory. The Wildcats has control for the entire contest and were up by 28 points at one point in the second half before calling off the dogs late. Oscar Tshiebwe continued building his Naismith Award resume, comin away with 30 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Tennessee (11-4, 2-2 SEC) is fresh off a 66-46 beatdown of South Carolina on Tuesday. The Vols’ defense was on point, holding the Gamecock to just 35% shooting and forced 23 turnovers in the win. Josiah Jordan-James excelled with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
When: Saturday, January 15th, 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Where to live stream online: WatchESPN, ESPN app
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Kentucky -4.5
This should be an extremely tight battle of rivals on Saturday. Kentucky has struggled against the other opponents ranked in the Top 15 in KenPom this season, and the Vols’ defense will make them sweat this one out.
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