Kentucky vs Tennessee was a hard fought game for the entire forty minutes. The Cats came out strong in the first 15 minutes of the first half with a 17 point lead with little over four minutes left in the first half, but the Volunteers came roaring back behind the 6-foot-4 forward Admiral Schofield scoring 12 straight points including three three-pointers. At halftime, the score was 36-31 Kentucky lead.

Second half the foul trouble from the first half didn’t seem to hurt Kentucky as much as I had expected to especially the hot hand of Wenyen Gabriel fouling out in the second half. It was a tale of runs in the second half where Tennessee would take the lead and then Kentucky roared back in front. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put the team on his back and made key shots and assists when Kentucky needed them the most. The unsung hero of sophomore big man Sacha Killeya-Jones played a huge role in the Kentucky win. With Kentucky only having two-point lead off a miss three-point shot from Wenyen Gabriel, Killeya-Jones skied up in the air to grab the rebound and jammed in with some flare. The Cats played with a chip on their shoulder knowing that Tennesee had beat Kentucky twice this season already. Gilgeous Alexander iced the game on the free throw line as the time dwindled. Final Score: Kentucky 77 Tennesee 72

As Wenyen Gabriel said in yesterday win over Alabama, the Cats’ are bringing some hardware back to Lexington.


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