The Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action from Rupp Arena. Tennessee is coming off a Wednesday matchup versus Alabama. In that one the Volunteers bagged a nine-point upset win. As for Kentucky, they played Mississippi State in their Wednesday matchup. The Wildcats ended up powering out a three-point victory there. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Tennessee managed to kick off the season on a solid pace, going 15-3 over their first 18 games. The Volunteers hit a 4-3 stretch over the next seven, beating LSU, Georgia, Texas and Auburn with losses to Florida, Vanderbilt and Missouri otherwise.
On Wednesday versus Alabama, Tennessee had a 29-29 tie in the locker room. The Volunteers posted a 39-30 second-half run and won it in upset fashion 68-59. Both Zakai Zeigler and Santiago Vescovi scored a team-high 15 points each.
Over on the Kentucky side, they managed a 12-6 run through their first 18 games. The Wildcats would likewise go 4-3 over the next seven, beating Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Florida with losses to Kansas, Arkansas and Georgia.
Matched up against Mississippi State on Wednesday, the Wildcats held a slim 36-35 advantage going into the second half. Kentucky hit a 35-33 run from there and won 71-68. Oscar Tshiebwe doubled up on 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
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I’m going to stick with Tennessee here. The Volunteers are fresh off their epic Wednesday win versus Alabama, despite a tepid 36.5 shooting percentage from the floor. Tennessee bounced back well from consecutive losses and should post another good effort here if they can avoid the proverbial big-win hangover. The Volunteers didn’t play well the last time these teams got together at Thompson-Boling arena on January 14, getting out-rebounded 43-23 and shooting a dismal 3-of-21 from 3-point range (14.3 percent). That said, I still think Tennessee can bang out the revenge cover if they play well. Should be a pretty epic matchup regardless. Don’t miss this one.