Tennessee coach: We weren’t up to the challenge

Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes talks about his team’s 86-69 loss at Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The top-ranked Volunteers saw their 19-game win streak snapped. UT is now 11-1 in the SEC. UK is 10-2.
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Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes talks about his team’s 86-69 loss at Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The top-ranked Volunteers saw their 19-game win streak snapped. UT is now 11-1 in the SEC. UK is 10-2.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.