1. Tennessee Needs To Make A Statement
Coming into the year the Vols hoped to land a top 25 ranking and roll into March looking to make some noise. Instead they limp into SEC play with a record of 11-5 and an early SEC loss to Texas A&M. Much like Arkansas the Vols need a signature win and a hot streak to have any hope of hearing their name called on selection Sunday. Expect them to bring as much fight as the Razorbacks which could be another problem since:
2. The Vols Match-Up Well With The Cats
In Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes, and Jeronne Maymon Tennesse has three guys capable of matching up with the Cats on both ends of the floor. Just recall what the Vols did to the Cats last season in Knoxville when they delivered their biggest win over the Cats ever by winning 88-58. Kentucky has a new crop of horses in the stable that should will be bigger, stronger, and better than UT. Still on paper Tennessee looks like a team that will be able to hang with the Cats not a good thing when you need a win and come out of the gates slow.
3. Kentucky Looks To Bounce Back
Following the disappointment in Fayetteville the Cats now have a chance to right the ship with three straight home games. All three are easily winnable but they will need to do something they have struggled with so far in the SEC, put the foot on the gas. The boys in blue will need to come out of the gate firing and put UT away because you don’t want to let any team hang around but especially when that team is a rival.
4. The Rivalry
What has always made the Kentucky Louisville game more special than Duke-Carolina? Many would point to the fact they only play one time a season versus multiple times when you’re in the same conference. Well, this season Kentucky will be playing Tennessee just one time in the regular season which means bragging rights between the two states will be on the line. To many in the state UT is the biggest rival on our schedule and a win would give them something to crow about until football kicks off next fall.
What do you think the score will be during tomorrow’s 12pm brawl?