Saturday is the one and only game that Kentucky goes up against the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena. Here are some game notes courtesy of the UKAA as well as pre-Tennessee interviews with John Calipari, Marcus Lee, and Alex Poythress.
• The Wildcats are in their 111th season of basketball and are the national leaders in total wins with 2,123.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series with Tennessee by a 149-67 margin. That record includes an 89-16
mark in Lexington and a 34-4 tally in Rupp Arena.
• Saturday’s meeting is the lone regular-season matchup of the 2014 season between the border-state
rivals. It is the first time since the 1953 season, UK and UT will not meet twice during the regular season.
• UK is averaging 44.2 rebounds per game, the most of any team in the John Calipari era. UK’s +12.9
rebounding margin is tops in the SEC.
• Kentucky is notching 17.4 second-chance points per game, thanks to an average of 15.8 offensive rebounds
• The Blue and White are shooting at a .476 clip with an average of 39.6 points per game coming from inside
• Sophomore Alex Poythress is averaging 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and is shooting .700 from
the field in UK’s three SEC contests.
• Freshman Julius Randle posted his 10th double-double of the season at Arkansas on Tuesday. UK’s single-
season freshman record for double-doubles is 20, held by both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
• According to KenPom.com the Wildcats rank 351st in the country in total experience, which is considered
the least experienced squad in the nation. The average experience of 0.31 years is one of the youngest
collection of players in the history of KenPom’s rankings dating back to 2007. The Citadel owns the record of
0.27 years during the 2008 season.