In the aftermath, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes received a technical foul for arguing, and Calipari also got a technical for being out of the coach’s box.
Meanwhile, Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the SEC and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. But not many people seemed to believe Tennessee was going to be one of the reasons for the league’s improvement.
Kentucky leads the series 153-70, and 54-51 in Knoxville.
The 12-3 Wildcats have a couple days off before hosting No. 11 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Arena. Kyle Alexander had nine points and five rebounds, and James Daniel III had three points, three rebounds, and a game-high six assists. United Kingdom is 9-3 with this lineup.
This marks the third consecutive season that Tennessee (10-4, 1-2 SEC) has beaten Kentucky (12-3, 2-1) in Knoxville. The Vols took advantage of P.J. being out and got physical with Kentucky and the wildcats started to back down.
Green catalyzed a 9-2 United Kingdom run over the last 2:55.
After falling to Arkansas 93-95 in overtime and Auburn, 84-94, in its SEC home-opener, Tennessee has lost back-to-back games for the first time all season. But he was almost ideal in the second half, sinking seven of his nine attempts and adding eight rebounds and four assists to his 18 total points.
While you might be tempted to look at recent scores and conclude Tennessee has struggled defensively, over the whole season it’s the Vols’ defense that has actually led to their better-than-expected performance.
This time, it was Tennessee staging the second-half comeback. In that Tigers game, Tennessee’s Lamonte Turner put up 25 points. United Kingdom had limited its last three opponents to 11 of 70 from 3-point range.
Tennessee got outworked against the Tigers, being out-rebounded and out-hustled.
Kentucky committed 23 fouls tying for the most it’s been charged with in a game this season (vs. Georgia on December 31, 2017).
Tennessee ranks 48th in the country averaging 39-percent makes on three-point attempts this season.
After squandering big leads in each of its last two games, Tennessee made sure it held on this time. Both outputs were season highs by a United Kingdom opponent. The loss to the Razorbacks dropped them down to number 23 in the rankings coming into this week.
Evina Westbrook found her stroke at just the ideal time, and she made a career night out of it. Against Auburn, Tennessee allowed the Tigers to grab 22 offensive rebounds, leading to 16 more field goals than the Vols.
Diallo scored five points in 16 minutes before fouling out. They weren’t almost as effective doing either of those things in the second half.
He had a career-high three steals.
How the Volunteers respond after losing two straight SEC games will also give a glimpse into how the game will shake out. But the Vols’ offense finally found their rhythm in the second half, and they opened up the second half on a 14-6 run to tie it up at 43-all.
Wenyen Gabriel was the other Wildcat to finish in double-figures scoring.
Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield led all scorers with 20 points.
It was his best output since scoring 10 against Monmouth on December 9, 2017.
Freshmen Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lead the talented, but young Cats roster.
Calipari has a 706-196 all-time on-court record.