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Kentucky vs. Tennessee Game Thread & Pregame Reading

The stakes are at an all-time high in this edition of Kentucky vs. Tennessee.

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NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Following late night wins against Alabama and Mississippi State, the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers will meet once again in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.

The Wildcats got strong contributions across the board against the Crimson Tide. Tyler Herro scored 20, PJ Washington finished with a double double, and all of Reid Travis, Nick Richards, Jemarl Baker and Immanuel Quickley gave great production off the bench. With that said, Kentucky will obviously have to be even better tomorrow.

Tennessee just seems to be able to flip a switch and knock a team out in one clean blow. After being tied at 44, the Volunteers went on an electric 15-4 run, which was capitalized by a filthy poster dunk by Admiral Schofield, that pretty much put the Bulldogs out of reach.

For Kentucky to win, they will have to contain Jordan Bone. In the two previous matchups, Bone has averaged 23 points on 67.4% shooting from the field and an astounding 88% from the three point line. Grant Williams and Schofield can get going offensively with the best in the country while Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden can be spark plugs of their own, but this game will come down to whether or not Ashton Hagans or one of the Kentucky guards decides that enough is enough when it comes to UT’s speedy point guard.

This will likely be the de facto SEC Championship game as both teams will likely have the edge to pull out wins against either Auburn or Florida come Sunday. On top of that, whoever wins will very likely earn themselves a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. No matter who comes out on top, this has everything mixed in right to turn out to be an instant classic for both programs.

Kentucky vs. Alabama can be seen on ESPN at 3:21 EST. You can watch it online using WatchESPN, the WatchESPN app and fuboTV. You can listen to an online radio stream via UK Athletics.

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