Tennessee is Sub-.500
And one of their 12 wins was against Kentucky. Shame, shame.
Kentucky has been Really, REALLY Good Since the UT Loss
The loss to Tennessee seems to have ignited a fire within the Wildcats. Since the loss, they’ve won three in a row, limiting opponents to a .316 field-goal percentage, grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game and scoring 57 points per game to make their average margin of victory 26.7 points. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
The Vols Left Behind Some Practice Jerseys
Tennessee still has a Chance to Win a Share of the SEC
With the SEC race wide open, there are still 10 teams that can win a share of the SEC regular-season title, stretching all the way down to Rocky Top. Even though they’re only 5-7 in conference play, I trust the math of Ken Pomeroy.
Kentucky Must Stop Kevin Punter Jr.
Normally we consider Kentucky “Punter U,” but this Tennessee team depends on their Punter like no other. Punter is second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game, just a half-point below Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody. In two career games against UK, he averages 20.5 points, scoring 27 points against the Cats back on February 2.
UK Leads the League in Many Statistical Categories
Here’s a not-so-brief rundown of what they’ve been the best at since starting conference play:
- Scoring Offense
- Scoring Defense
- Field Goal Percentage
- Defensive Field Goal Percentage
- Rebounding Margin
They’re ranked #2 in three-point field goal percentage, blocks, offensive rebounds and assist to turnover ratio.
UT is Not Tall
In fact, every player that scored against the Cats in their February 2 win was 6’5″ or shorter. The 2015 Cats are laughing at this group of munchkins.
Their Managers Might be Better at Basketball
If you follow Jay Bilas on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed his tongue-in-cheek scouting reports on managers. The truth is, plenty of managers play the opposing managers before the two teams take the court. Tennessee’s are some of the best in the business, ranked #8 in the nation according KPI Sports, a service that compiles rankings for 124 manager teams.
A Win Would…
Give John Calipari his 22nd consecutive 20-win season, and put the Cats alone at the top of the SEC standings. It would also give the Cats some sweet revenge, and more momentum heading into the Saturday Showdown in College Station.
I’m gonna take the Cats by 90. They’re only a 17.5 point favorite, but I’m confident they can cover 90.
What do YOU got?