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The No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers defeated No. 4 Kentucky 71-52 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday in Knoxville.
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The No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers defeated No. 4 Kentucky 71-52 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday in Knoxville.

In search of a sweep over their border rival to the south, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CBS has the television coverage.

Kentucky thumped then-No. 1 Tennessee 86-69 in Rupp Arena just three weeks ago. That victory snapped a 19-game Tennessee win streak and handed a puzzled Rick Barnes — “I didn’t recognize my team,” the Tennessee coach said that night — and his Vols their first loss of the conference season. Now the two teams are locked in a three-way tie for first place with LSU in the conference standings. Each is 13-2 in conference play with three regular season games remaining.

UK Coach John Calipari has lost his last three trips to Rocky Top. In fact, Calipari is 3-5 against the Vols in Knoxville and 8-1 against Tennessee in Lexington. The two teams have split their last four meetings. Tennessee won last year’s two regular-season meetings before UK beat UT to win the SEC Tournament title.

We are here live on press row D in an end zone of the arena. Scroll down for the dedicated Twitter feed.

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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.
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