Kentucky blows out No. 1 Tennessee

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers have been defeated for the second-time this season. The No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats blew out the Volunteers on Saturday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. 

The Wildcats improved to 21-4 with the win. They are now 10-2 within the Southeastern Conference. 

Kentucky Wildcats forward PJ Washington attempting a shot against the Tennessee Volunteers
PJ Washington attempting a shot against the Tennessee Volunteers (Photo by Kentucky Wildcats Athletic Communications)

The Volunteers are now 23-2 on the season. This is their first conference loss, as they fell to 11-1.

This loss snapped Tennessee’s 19-game win streak. Their last loss was to then-No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

PJ Washington led the Wildcats with 23 points. He also had five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks. 

This was Washington’s fourth straight game scoring 20-plus points. He scored a season-high 29 points against the Seton Hall Pirates on Dec. 8 in an 84-83 loss at the Citi Hoops Classic. 

He was one of four players, who scored in double-digits. Keldon Johnson had 19 points, while Tyler Herro scored 15 and Reid Travis had 11. 

The Wildcats had nine bench points. EJ Montgomery led the bench with six points and four rebounds. 

Jordan Bone led the Volunteers with 19 points. He also had one rebound and six assists. 

This is his sixth straight game scoring in double-figures. He had a season-high 24 points against the Samford Bulldogs in a 83-70 win on Dec. 19. 

He was one of three Tennessee players, who scored in double-figures. Admiral Schofield scored 17 points, while Grant Williams had 16 points. 

The Volunteers bench had nine points. John Fulkerson, Yves Pons, and Jordan Bowden had three points each. 

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