Kentucky had a chance to win a back-and-forth battle with Tennessee, but fell apart in the final minute.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gave UK a lead with 1:25 to play. They were one stop away from running away with the game, until Tennessee’s Lamonte Turner hit a three-pointer with 25 seconds to play. John Calipari let the Cats play through the final possession, but it ended with a discombobulated turnover by Gilgeous-Alexander.
The score stayed within seven points for the game’s entirety. With just under five minutes to play, Tennessee took a four-point lead, the largest lead of the game. Kentucky responded with a 7-0 run that was capped off by a Kevin Knox And One in transition with 3:18 to play gave the Cats a three-point lead, but Kentucky could not keep the momentum.
It’s the first time Tennessee has swept UK in the regular season since 1999 and it’s the Vols’ first victory at Rupp Arena since Tubby Smith was on the sidelines in 2006.