Well that wasn’t fun.
In their highly-anticipated matchup in Knoxville, the Tennessee Volunteers absolutely clobbered Kentucky by a final score of 71-52.
After jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the wheels fell off for the Cats, as they allowed a 7-0 run for the Vols to take the lead. From that point on, Kentucky held just one more lead the rest of the way (14-13, 12:42 remaining), with Tennessee running away with it.
UT’s lead ballooned to 10 with 2:59 remaining in the first half, which then turned to 13 at intermission.
After the break, the Vols hit three shots in the first 1:57 of the half to spread the lead to 17, which then turned to 20 at the 16:15 mark.
The Cats were able to cut it down to 14 on a few occasions, but could never take that next step to make it a game again, with the Vols finally pulling away to win 71-52.
Kentucky forward PJ Washington led the team with 13 points on 2-6 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal.
In terms of other impact players, Nick Richards had a solid line of eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, and three blocks. Immanuel Quickley was also the only Kentucky player with more than two field goals, finishing the day with eight points on 3-5 shooting and four rebounds.
As a team, Kentucky shot just 31.8 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from three. They also turned the ball over 17 times.
For Tennessee, point guard Jordan Bone lit up the Wildcats for 27 points on 11-15 shooting and 5-5 from three, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Star forward Grant Williams also added 24 points on 7-13 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
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