Kentucky wins 75-65 against Tennessee

01/15/2013 08:35 PM

Kentucky did not play the prettiest of games, but the Cats came out on top 75 to 65 against the Volunteers.

“I’ve coached teams that absolutely ‘whomp’ on people, but this team isn’t one of them,” Calipari said. “We are what we are. I love this team. We have so much up side. We are going to be in dogfights.”

In the first half, Kentucky struggled shooting the ball. Overall, the team made only 38.7 percent of their shots. Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, and Ryan Harrow combined for eight baskets out of 21 attempts. Kyle Wiltjer was the exception for the Wildcats. He was four of six and drilled two from behind the arc. Overall, the Cats looked great in spurts but then reverted to the same freshman mistakes from the past few games.

The second half wasn’t much kinder to the Cats. Tennessee kept it close and even took a one point lead with about seven minutes left in the game. But a couple players made clutch plays to keep the lead. Nerlens Noel was five for five in the second half and ended the game with six blocks and nine rebounds. Kyle Wiltjer The Scorer was back in the building. He ended the game with 17 points and went six for ten on the night. Also, Julius Mays hit two big three’s late in second half to keep the momentum on the Cats’ side.

“We fought and battled and did some good stuff,” Calipari said. “We out rebounded one of the best rebounding teams in our league. I didn’t want to fall into the same trap as A&M so I subbed in earlier.”

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