Fast Break: How Tennessee beat Kentucky

Herald-Leader Staff ReportFebruary 16, 2013 

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A quick summary of Tennessee's 88-58 victory over Kentucky on Saturday

Talking points

Jarrod Polson and Kyle Wiltjer started in place of Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress. Of course, Willie Cauley-Stein replaced injured Nerlens Noel. Out of the gate, the Vols took it to the rim without Noel guarding the middle. It was 7-7 when the Vols went on a 15-3 run. UK assistant John Robic was tossed and it was 33-12 with 9:47 in the first half. UT had a 13-0 run in the stretch. UK's perimeter defense was no better than its inside as the Vols made all four three-point attempts in the first half. The UK offense had no flow. In the second half, UT quickly doubled the score 60-30 and John Calipari faced his worst loss at UK.

Telling numbers

■ Freshmen Archie Goodwin, Poythress and Cauley-Stein combined for 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and nine turnovers in 77 minutes.

■ UT scored 36 against Georgetown in the entire game. It had 50 at the half against UK.

■ Outside of Polson, Wiltjer and Julius Mays, UK scored 17 points. Those other guys are lottery picks?

■ In 18 minutes, Ryan Harrow had no points, no rebounds, no assists, one turnover and five fouls.

■ UT did not miss a three-point shot.

■ The game was more than 27 minutes old before Kentucky scored back-to-back field goals.

■ UK turned it over five times before UT committed one.

■ The game was more than 18 minutes old before Cauley-Stein attempted a shot.

■ This was UK's biggest halftime deficit since 41-11 at Vandy in 2008.

■ The Vols hit 56.7 percent the first half; 60 percent in the second half.

■ In the first half, points off turnovers favored UT 20-6.

■ No UK player had more than two field goals in the first half. Where are you Jodie Meeks?

Thumbs up

■ There is always next year. And there was last year.

Thumbs down

■ The injury to Noel took away UK's shot-blocking ability. Did it take UK's heart also?

■ Noel did not guard the perimeter or handle the ball. Kentucky was terrible at both.

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