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The likely UK-UT rematch “will be a good battle” for both teams


The Cats and the Volunteers are tied this season, with each team bringing home a decisive victory on their home court in front of an arena packed full of fans. But the season is far from over, and it’s easy to assume Saturday’s matchup won’t be the last one for these two teams. Assuming the SEC Tournament goes according to plan (i.e. pending any massive upsets), we’ll probably get a Kentucky vs. Tennessee Round Three in Nashville. Nick Richards is even more confident.

“We will definitely see them again,” Richards said after the game. “Obviously, we will end up seeing each other in the SEC tournament. It will be a good battle and the rivalry is great. We’re going to see them again soon.”

Rocky Top was at its peak Saturday afternoon, with scarce amounts of blue peaking through rows and rows of that horrible orange. That atmosphere combined with Reid Travis’ absence and a meltdown of Kentucky’s offense led to a lopsided loss for the Cats.

“I thought both atmospheres were just electric. You look at it, again, from our standpoint. We played better here, and I’m sure John Calipari would say the same thing, they played better there,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “They will go back and it will make them better. They will get better, because we have gotten better defensively since the Kentucky game in Rupp Arena.”

Tennessee’s Grant Williams also weighed in on the possibility of a rematch.

“It would be fun if there was a rematch. You expect to play guys like that in Nashville and the [NCAA] tournament. You never know when we’ll see them again, but I feel like we will and again, it’ll be another crazy environment,” Williams said. “If you’re a competitor, you love to play in it. You’re going to be excited, you’re going to be ready to go. Last year, we played them three times. Hopefully, it’s the same this year.”

Remember, the Cats didn’t get a win over the Volunteers until their trip to the conference tournament last season. So yes, hopefully it is the same this year.


@MaggieDavisKSR

Article written by Maggie Davis

20 responses to “The likely UK-UT rematch “will be a good battle” for both teams”

  1. ThatsAShame

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    1. Skooms

      Huh??

    2. catsarerunnin

      Yeah I remember that over there when it was back in the other place before it left again the other week before last…

  2. ThatsAShame

    Maggie messed up my joke

    1. ClutchCargo

      I think I still see what you did there. +1.

  3. ThatsAShame

    Keep doing your thing Maggie. Love the site. Y’all have come a long way. (Not trying to sound like a Lucky Strike advertisement)

    1. CATandMONKEY

      That was Virginia Slims ” You’ve come a long way, baby”

    2. ThatsAShame

      You are correct. I guess I was doing too good of a job of not sounding like a Lucky Strike ad. Lol

  4. weneedpitino

    If we meet Tennessee again it will be another blow out, but not in our favor. Kentucky has not been truly good since the Tubby and Billy Clyde days. And everyone with at least a half a brain knows it. I think that we should try and lure Pitino back from his coaching gig in Greece.

    1. BBN3023

      We do not need Pitino.

    2. RealCatsFan

      Good Lord Almighty, I hope this is just a spoof account. No one could be that delusional, could they?

  5. weneedpitino

    we do in fact need Pitino. Great coach, great teams, great morals, God fearing, a great positive influence to all.

    1. wyatts1

      Just say NO!! Remember crack is whack, and so is pitino.

    2. CatfaninCinci

      Great morals… hahahahahahhahaha

    3. CatfaninCinci

      Which morals are you referring to? The adultery? Or buying hookers for 16 year olds?

    4. TB112162

      Your and idiot quit pretending your a Kentucky fan

    5. RealCatsFan

      Ok, now I KNOW this dude is spoofing us.

    6. henderblue

      RCF, he’s BigolBlue, Slater, and Combat medic. Live, from his mom’s basement. Pay no attention

  6. weneedpitino

    Go Cats!!