Where to Watch Kentucky vs. Tennessee


The Kentucky Wildcats (10-5, 1-1) host the Tennessee Volunteers (8-6, 0-2) in Rupp Arena tonight at 7pm on ESPN.

The announcers for tonight’s game are Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes. Shannon Spake is the sideline reporter.

Kentucky is currently favored by 13 points.

Here is background on tonight’s SEC battle:

Kentucky owns a 148-66 record in the all-time series with Tennessee. The Wildcats have won five straight in the series and eight of the last nine.

Tennessee is seeking its first true road win of the season and also is looking to avoid its first 0-3 start to SEC play since the 1997-98 campaign.

At 214 meetings, the Kentucky-Tennessee series ranks as the second-longest in SEC history behind only Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

No program in college basketball has logged more wins over Kentucky than Tennessee (66).

The Vols are paced by 13.3 points per game from Jordan McRae. Sophomore Jarnell Stokes is averaging 11.2 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game.

Underclassmen account for 84.5 percent of Kentucky’s scoring. Upperclassmen are responsible for 59.3 percent of UT’s points this season.

UT has held 12 of 14 opponents to fewer than 70 points this season. Kentucky averages 77.4 ppg.

In SEC play, Vols junior Jordan McRae ranks second in the league in scoring (23.5 ppg) and tied for fifth in field-goal percentage (.571).

Comparing the Teams
Stat UK UT
Points 77.4 65.2
Opp. points 62.1 61.8
Rebounds 39.0 37.4
Opp rebounds 34.7 32.6
Off. Rebounds 11.9 11.9
FG % .485 .424
Opp FG% .381 .404
3-Pt. % .355 .291
Opp. 3-Pt. % .324 .286
FT % .649 .663
Opp. FT % .678 .744
Fouls 15.8 18.4
Assists 15.8 10.2
Turnovers 12.8 12.4
Opp. Turnovers 14.7 11.0
Blocks 7.5 3.7
Steals 7.5 4.1

PROJECTED STARTERS*
Kentucky Wildcats
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 3 Nerlens Noel 10.8 9.3 3.7^
• Registered dbl-dbl with 15 pts, 11 rebs. vs. A&M
G 10 Archie Goodwin 15.7 4.9 3.6
• Scored in double-figures in all but two games
G 12 Ryan Harrow 10.1 2.5 3.4
• Has dbl-flgure scoring in six-straight games
F 15 Willie Cauley-Stein 7.6 5.9 2.1^
• Hitting .724 percent of shots over last six games
F 22 Alex Poythress 13.4 6.3 0.6^
• Has six or more rebounds in eight of last nine

Tennessee Volunteers
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
G 1 Josh Richardson 8.4 5.3 0.7^
• Started all 14 games this season
F 5 Jarnell Stokes 11.2 7.7 1.0^
• Avgs. dbl-fig scoring, team’s leading rebounder
G 13 Skylar McBee 6.1 1.0 0.8
• Knocked down a team-high 24 3-pointers
F 20 Kenny Hall 6.5 6.3 0.5^
• Team-high eight rebounds vs. Alabama
G 52 Jordan McRae 13.3 3.1 1.9
• Scored 21 points at Alabama, team’s leading scorer

*-Based on previous game’s starters; ^-blocks; ~-steals