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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Images from the Kentucky Wildcats' 83-58 win over the Tennessee Volunteers

Images from the Kentucky Wildcats' 83-58 win over the Tennessee Volunteers

"I thought Jordan Bone for us really tried to do some things, but we had too many guys that didn't do what we expect from them".

Today's blowout is brought to you by the number "4".

For starters, they crisply and efficiently moved the basketball on the Tuesday. They hit 10 three-point shots, shooting 55.6% from beyond the arc in just the first half. United Kingdom would only commit seven turnovers the entire game, and only three up until the final minutes of the game which is very impressive. Fox had zero turnovers in 32.

"I think it was the ball movement", Willis said. "We talked to the team about it (Sunday) that when we were here last time we were coming off a good win against Mississippi State and we were at home".

Tennessee: The Volunteers' recent shooting struggles continued as they lost their 10th straight at Rupp Arena. Derek Willis gave a lift off the bench as he hit his first four three-point attempts of the night and finished with 16 points.

Tennessee is coming off a 76-75 loss to Georgia this weekend to drop to 14-11 overall and 6-6 in the SEC.

Plus they have some revenge here against the Volunteers beat the Wildcats in Knoxville earlier this year, 82-80. "We wanted to stop Adebayo but we didn't want to come off Wilis", Barnes said. The Wildcats shot 10-18 from three in the first half, including 4-4 from Derek Willis and 4-7 from Malik Monk.

Malik Monk had 25 in that game as well and Kentucky got 21 from Edrice Adebayo as the freshmen played big minutes for the Cats. Malik Monk hits a 3 and United Kingdom goes up 31-15 with 8:09 to go in the half.

"I shouldn't be getting no rebounds in a game", Monk admitted after the game. 67-59. That game was in the low 60s because we had to be in the low 60s to win the game. When their 4 man is effective in their offense, that's when they have explosive games like that.

"That's what we have been working on", Calipari said.

These two went back and forth in the first meeting, as Monk matched Hubbs with 25 points despite shooting just 3 of 13 from 3-point range. The Wildcats went into the half with a 47-32 lead. Willis also had a pair of steals. Along with his 12 points, Briscoe would tally up four rebounds and six assists which would be tied for the team high with fellow guard De'Aaron Fox.

"Old Reliable", is what Calipari called Hawkins after the game and he meant that as a compliment.

Will No. 13 Kentucky avenge its previous loss to Tennessee when the two meet tonight at 7PM ET in Lexington? Williams will look to shine again, but this time, he wants to get the win. More than anything, they couldn't push the tempo and were outscored 18-0 in fast break points. Canyon Barry scored 30 points. Kentucky is 13-12 against the spread on the season and just 1-5 ATS in its last six games. They are the likely top 3 seeds in The SEC Tournament in Nashville next month. Kentucky has a tricky road game Saturday at Georgia, a team that has taken some close, tough losses this season.

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