After each Kentucky and No. 10 Tennessee noticed their two-game dropping streaks come to an finish with wins they desperately wanted earlier this week, these two SEC rivals will meet Saturday in a rematch of UK’s finest victory to this point this season. The Wildcats (17-9, 8-5 SEC) stole a 63-56 win on the highway within the first assembly on Jan. 14 to ignite a streak of six wins over seven video games.
However Kentucky fell again onto the mistaken aspect of the NCAA Match bubble final week with losses to Arkansas and Georgia earlier than an enormous win at Mississippi State on Wednesday bumped the Wildcats again as much as a No. 11 seeds in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology coming into this weekend. Tennessee (20-6, 9-4) additionally handled some distress final week within the type of back-to-back buzzer-beater losses towards Vanderbilt and Missouri.
The Volunteers bounced again in authoritative vogue Wednesday with a 68-59 win over No. 1 Alabama. Tennessee possible will not have the ability to catch the Crimson Tide within the SEC title race, however it’s nonetheless within the combine for a profitable NCAA Match positioning. The Volunteers, who’re broadly considered the nation’s finest defensive crew, enter the UK rematch as a projected No. 3 seeds in Palm’s Bracketology.
Offense was the issue for Tennessee within the first assembly because the Vols made simply 3 of 21 makes an attempt from 3-point vary whereas squandering an early 8-0 lead. Antonio Reeves shined for the Wildcats with 18 factors. Over Kentucky’s final 12 video games, Reeves is averaging 15.6 factors and is capturing 44.1% from the 3-point line to supply the Wildcats with some sorely wanted perimeter punch.
Learn how to watch Kentucky vs. Tennessee dwell
date: Saturday, Feb. 18 | time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Rupp Enviornment — Lexington, Kentucky
TV: CBS | Dwell streams: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports activities App (Free)
Kentucky vs. Tennessee predictions, picks
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Tennessee founds its mojo once more by knocking off top-ranked Alabama on Wednesday. The Volunteers can be driving excessive into Rupp Enviornment as they search revenge for an embarrassing residence loss to the Wildcats from final month. UK has been weak at residence this season and Tennessee has three wins contained in the venue underneath eighth-year coach Rick Barnes. Search for the Vols to shoot higher than they did within the first assembly and are available out with a convincing win. Prediction: Tennessee -2
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