Kentucky plays their last home game of the season hosting Tennessee, tonight is the last home game of grad transfer Nate Sestina.
Kentucky on the board first with a bucket by Tyrese Maxey, he goes to the line for free throws to make it a 5-0 Kentucky lead. Tennessee gets on the board and we are all tied up at 7-7. Tennessee takes their first lead but Kentucky takes it back after Ashton Hagans attempts a 3 pointer but gets them in free throws, and EJ stuffs it and then a goal tend, 14-9. Back to back three pointers from Johnny Juzang and Tyrese Maxey put the Cats up 20-11. Vols with two three pointer and they are heating up. Johnny Juzang with another 3 and Kentucky is up 34-24. Kentucky leads 42-31 at the half.
Kentucky with a good start in the second half as they go on a 4-0 run, 46-31. Kentucky is up 51-39. Tennessee with another three to make it 53-46 as the Vols has gone on a 12-2 run. Tyrese Maxey answers with a 3 of his own to make it 56-46. Tennessee closes in and they take the lead, 61-60. Wildcats tie it up at 63 but Tennessee hits a 3 to make it 66- 65. Tennessee hits free throws and its 68-65. Volunteers have only won 5 times in Rupp Arena, 2018 being the last. It’s starting to look like they’ll make it 6 as they still have a 4 point lead with less than a minute to go, 74-70. Tennessee defeats Kentucky 81-73 after a 17 point deficit in the second half.
Kentucky closes up their regular season this Saturday as they travel to Gainesville to take on Florida at 1 p.m. ET on CBS