Two ranked basketball teams out of the SEC will get together at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Tuesday. The Tennessee Volunteers take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Tennessee is 17-5 on the season, and 7-3 in SEC play. The Volunteers trail only Auburn in the conference standings. Tennessee is coming off a home win over Ole Miss, which was their fifth straight overall.
The Kentucky Wildcats come into the game with a 17-6 record, and 6-4 in SEC play. The Wildcats are tied with Alabama and Florida for third place in the SEC. The Wildcats are coming off a road loss to Missouri, and have lost three out of their last six games. The Kentucky Wildcats are -1.5 over the Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday in SEC basketball play.
The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to get back on track following the road loss at Missouri. The loss snapped a three game winning streak for the Wildcats. Other losses in SEC play for Kentucky came on the road at South Carolina and at home against Florida. The Wildcats are young, and Coach Calipari has mentioned they have the highest upside of any team in College Basketball.
The Wildcats are scoring more than 76 points per game. Kentucky’s top scorer this season has been Kevin Knox, with 15.1 points per game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is second on the team with 12.7 per game. The Wildcats are going to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 58th time in school history. The Wildcats have been to the Final Four 17 times.
Volunteers Seeking 6th Straight
The Tennessee Volunteers are seeking their 6th straight win. The last time Tennessee lost was on the road at Missouri. The Volunteers have a tough schedule as they are at Alabama after this, and then come home to host South Carolina. Tennessee is scoring 77.8 points per game, and allowing opponents to score 67 points per game. Tennessee scored 94 in their latest win over Ole Miss.
The Volunteers are led by Grant Williams with 16.2 points per game. He is one of three players for the Volunteers scoring double digits per game. Admiral Schofield and Lamonte Turner are combining for more than 23 points per game. The Volunteers are seeking to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time. Tennessee has never reached the NCAA Final Four.
Wildcats Top Volunteers
The Kentucky Wildcats know they need to get this game. If the Wildcats want any chance at winning the SEC regular season title, they have to protect their home court. The Wildcats are coming off a loss, and Coach Calipari will look to have them ready to go in this game. Look for Kentucky to get the job done by half dozen points or so. Bet on the Wildcats -1.5 over the Volunteers on Tuesday.
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