Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:07 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jan 15, 2013 9:25 PM
Two teams who really need this game and it's only January.
Even the national blogs are starting to question if UK will make the NCAA Tournament.
For Rocky Top, with a loss, it would be the first time they started 0-3 in the SEC since Rick Pitino was coaching UK.
Ryan Harrow who has hit double figures in scoring for six games in a row going into Tennessee, goes hard to the bucket knowing that he's going to get hit. The three point play the old fashioned way makes it 9-7 UK.
The pushing and shoving is going on non-stop with the officials letting both teams play. This is an advantage for Tennessee who is the more physical team, but UK isn't backing down.
Skylar McBee gets a flagrant foul that the officials taking a long time deciding on how they would handle it. Harrow's free throw makes it 21-19 UK.
Kyle Wiltjer with a strong drive to the bucket. Cats lead 23-19.
Then Wiltjer knocks the ball loose, Archie Goodwin gets it and makes a stronger drive as UK goes up 25-19 with the crowd at Rupp loving it.
Big Jarnel Stockes with his shoe size of 20 picks up his second foul with 4:29 to go in the half and has to take a seat.
Willie Cauley-Stein with an easy jam thanks to Harrow's pass. Cats lead 28-25.
At the half it's 34-31 UK.
Kyle Wiltjer leads UK with 10 points in 12 minutes.
Jordan McRae, the second leading scorer during SEC play leads everyone with 11.
UK is shooting 38% from the field.
Tennessee is at 56%.
In the second half with the game tied at 47, Nerlens takes over with a jam, a blocked shot, an offensive rebound that he turns into a bucket and another blocked shot. UK leads 53-51.
Nerlens continued to carry UK. He misses a free throw and dunks. UK leads 56-54.
Nerlens does it again. This time with a block that starts the fast break. Julius Mays hits a 3 and UK goes up 61-56 with 4:59 to go.
Kyle Wiltjer drives and uses his left hand. UK goes up 66-60.
Kentucky pulls away and wins 75-65.
Kyle Wiltjer led UK with 17.
Nerlens who was scoreless at the half finishes with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 steals.
Alex Poythress chipped in with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Jordan McRae led everyone with 23.