Ranked teams meet as No. 5 Kentucky hosts No. 1 Tennessee

Associated Press • Feb 15, 2019 at 1:12 PM

No. 1 Tennessee (23-1, 11-0) vs. No. 5 Kentucky (20-4, 9-2)

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two top-5 teams battle as No. 1 Tennessee visits No. 5 Kentucky in a SEC showdown. Tennessee has one win and one loss against ranked opponents this season, while Kentucky has won four of its five games against ranked teams.

LEADING THE WAY: Kentucky’s PJ Washington has averaged 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while Keldon Johnson has put up 14 points and 5.3 rebounds. For the Volunteers, Grant Williams has averaged 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while Admiral Schofield has put up 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.

CLAMPING DOWN: The Wildcats have allowed only 61.5 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 68.9 per game they gave up in non-conference play.

POTENT PJ: Washington has connected on 43.1 percent of the 51 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 9 over the last three games. He’s also converted 69.6 percent of his free throws this season.

STREAK SCORING: Tennessee has won its last six road games, scoring 90 points, while allowing 75.2 per game.

ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Volunteers have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Wildcats. Kentucky has 38 assists on 77 field goals (49.4 percent) over its previous three outings while Tennessee has assists on 58 of 88 field goals (65.9 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Kentucky is ranked fifth among Division I teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 38.3 percent. The Wildcats have averaged 12.5 offensive boards per game and 15.7 per game over their last three games.

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