In the first-ever top-five matchup between No. 1 Tennessee and fifth-ranked Kentucky, the Vols fell to the Wildcats 86-69.
Conference powers Tennessee and Kentucky are set to collide in primetime as the Vols seek their 20th straight win.
No. 1 Tennessee extended its win streak to 18 games on Saturday, the longest of Rick Barnes’ coaching career, by dismantling Florida in front of a sold-out Thompson-Boling Arena.
With Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield leading the way, the Vols resist Chris Silva and the Gamecocks’ stout defense to achieve the longest win streak in program history.
Third-ranked Tennessee started strong Saturday, stopping several Memphis runs en route to a 102-92 victory to mark the Vols’ first win over the Tigers since 2011.
After a tough overtime loss to No. 2 Kansas in Brooklyn, No. 6 Tennessee bounced back with a win on Wednesday night.