Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Tennessee

Herald-Leader Staff ReportJanuary 18, 2014 

A quick summary of Kentucky's 74-66 victory over Tennessee in Rupp Arena on Saturday.

Talking points

The Cats started cold and the Vols led 6-0 behind six Jarnell Stokes points. UK needed a timeout. Stokes and the Vols had their way inside and it was 18-9. Tennessee stayed in control against a lackluster UK team until Julius Randle (16 points in the first half) led a 13-4 run and the Cats led 34-32 at the half. The Vols regained the lead early in the second half but Dakari Johnson gave UK a lift and the Harrison twins, particularly Andrew, went to work. The Cats built a 58-48 lead. In this one, Kentucky was near-perfect at the foul line and the Vols got no closer than six.

Telling numbers

■ UK's first lead came with 52 seconds left in the first half.

■ Normally not a good three-point shooting team, UK was 5-for-12 in the first half while the Vols were 1-for-7.

■ UK went almost eight minutes before someone not named Randle made a field goal.

■ Tennessee had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half; UK had 10 rebounds. That was one less than Stokes.

■ Other than Randle and Andrew Harrison, Kentucky scored eight points and made two field goals in the first half.

■ Willie Cauley-Stein did not score and had three rebounds in the game.

■ In the second half, Randle had two points and no rebounds.

■ UK turned it over only eight times.

■ For the game Cauley-Stein and Randle combined for five rebounds.

Thumbs up

■ It was a five-star performance by Andrew Harrison.

■ UK made its first 17 foul shots and missed only one. Only four Cats made a foul shot.

■ Dakari Johnson was important off the bench.

■ The second half may have been UK's best 20 minutes this season.

Thumbs down

■ UK continues to struggle out of the gate. The Cats missed eight of their first 10 shots, were outrebounded 17-7 to start and were outscored 18-6 in the paint.

■ Kentucky may be long and tall but Tennessee used strength and experience to muscle the Cats around inside.

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