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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.


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

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

  1. ThatsAShame
    6:13 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

    I remember &quot’s HS mixtape. He had a sweet jump shoot

    • Skooms
      6:59 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink


    • catsarerunnin
      8:25 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

      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
    7:04 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

    Maggie messed up my joke

    • ClutchCargo
      7:08 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

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

    • Maggie Davis
      7:17 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

      PSA: Word Press is NOT user friendly!! But your joke did make me laugh

  3. ThatsAShame
    9:00 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

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

    • CATandMONKEY
      2:39 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

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

    • ThatsAShame
      7:13 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

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

  4. weneedpitino
    9:55 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

    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.

    • BBN3023
      10:18 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

      We do not need Pitino.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:45 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

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

  5. weneedpitino
    10:30 pm March 3, 2019 Permalink

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

    • wyatts1
      3:31 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

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

    • CatfaninCinci
      5:26 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

      Great morals… hahahahahahhahaha

    • CatfaninCinci
      5:29 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

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

    • TB112162
      8:12 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

      Your and idiot quit pretending your a Kentucky fan

    • RealCatsFan
      9:45 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

      Ok, now I KNOW this dude is spoofing us.

    • henderblue
      12:05 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

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

  6. weneedpitino
    1:46 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    Go Cats!!