UK Men's Basketball

Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Tennessee

Kentucky's Julius Randle lost the ball in the first half against Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes Saturday in Rupp Arena.
Kentucky's Julius Randle lost the ball in the first half against Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes Saturday in Rupp Arena. Herald-Leader

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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