Kentucky dominates Tennessee 83-58

02/14/2017 09:10 PM

Kentucky played its most complete game since early January, beating Tennessee 83-58 in front of the Rupp Arena faithful.

Kentucky’s hot shooting in the first half is what gave them a big lead going into the half. The Wildcats made 10-18 three-pointers in the first half, thanks in large part to Derek Willis and Malik Monk. Willis went 4-4 and Monk went 4-7 from the three, as the two combined for 28 first half points. Kentucky would go into the half with a 47-32 lead.

The Cats didn’t let up in the second half. De’Aaron Fox, who scored 13 points and dished out six assists, controlled the tempo by pushing the ball in transition as Kentucky blew the door open and never looked back.

Malik Monk was active on the boards. He had a career high tonight by grabbing eight rebounds. Bam Adebayo grabbed 12 boards, making this his first double-digit rebounding performance since the UCLA game on December 3.

Kentucky finished the game with 17 assists and only seven turnovers. The Cats outrebounded Tennessee 43 to 35.

Five players scored in double figures for Kentucky, led by Malik Monk’s 20 points and Derek Willis’ 16 points off the bench.

Kentucky improves to 21-5 (11-2) on the season. They return to action on Saturday as they face the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. Tip is set for 6 pm.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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