Kentucky Wildcats at Tennessee Volunteers

Kentucky Wildcats Preview

After beating Mississippi State at home on Tuesday, the Kentucky Wildcats are going back on the road to a place that hasn’t exactly been kind to them in recent years. They haven’t beaten the Volunteers in Thompson-Boling Arena since 2015, and they dropped their final two meetings with the Vols last season, including a 19-point thrashing in Knoxville.  

Forward Nick Richards had a strong finish in the win over Mississippi State, scoring 25 of his career-high 27 points in the second half, but point guard Ashton Hagans failed to reach double figures for the third time his past four games. Hagans, however, did have six assists against only two turnovers after turning it over an average of five times in the previous three contests. 

Tennessee Volunteers Preview

The season has been a struggle for the Tennessee Volunteers, who lost veteran point guard Lamonte Turner to a shoulder injury after 11 games, but a 69-68 win at Alabama on Wednesday night ended a thee-game skid. Forward John Fulkerson recorded a career-high 22 points for the Vols, who desperately need wins to get back into the postseason picture.  

Guard Josiah-Jordan James missed has missed the past two games with a hip injury after starting his first 20 outings. He is considered day-to-day. James has 57 assists, second to Turner’s 78 on the team. Four players are averaging in double figures for the Volunteers, topped by guard Jordan Bowman’s 13-point average.