February 26, 2024

Kentucky vs. Tennessee score, takeaways: Rick Barnes improves to 7-1 vs. Wildcats when they are in top 10


No. 5 Tennessee led wire-to-wire Saturday  against No. 10 Kentucky in a 103-92 road win. The Vols have won four games inside Rupp Arena since Rick Barnes took over as coach during the 2015-16 season, which matches the amount (4-35) the school won the 39 years prior.

Tennessee (16-5, 6-2 SEC) responded days after a midweek loss to South Carolina at home on Tuesday to pick up its fourth Quad 1 victory of the season. The Vols remain 1.5 games back of Alabama for first place in the conference after the Crimson Tide blew out Mississippi State at home earlier in the day.

After recording at least 25 points in his last six conference games, Tennessee star Dalton Knecht had his streak snapped. Knecht finished with 16 points but the star of the show turned out to be another Tennessee guard — Zakai Zeigler. The 5-foot-9 guard finished with his second double-double of the season with 26 points, 13 assists and three steals.

All five Tennessee starters finished in double-figures.

Kentucky (15-6, 5-4) dropped its third game in its last four contests after starting SEC play 2-0. The Wildcats also dropped a midweek game days before their highly anticipated top-10 showdown against Florida at home

The Wildcats were playing without star freshman D.J. Wagner, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Fellow freshman guard Rob Dillingham finished with a career-high 35 points.

This story will be updated with takeaways