Vols Hoping to Continue Recent Success at Rupp Arena
The Vols have ramped up their rivalry against Kentucky the last few years because they’ve finally shown they can beat the Cats in Rupp Arena. And on Saturday, Tennessee will try to hang the first home loss of the year on the Wildcats.
Said Kentucky head coach John Calipari:”You guys know I hate playing friends, but you know it’s the next game, so let’s play it.”
Let’s do it.
And Coach Calapiri expects another tough match-up between the SEC rivals.
Said Calapari:”If you’re not ready to physically play, you’ll stand out in this game. Everybody in the gym will be saying get him out. Can’t play in this game. It’s too physical. It’s going to be a war. It will not be won in the first five minutes unless they’re on absolute fire.”
Tennessee will have their hands for with Oscar Tshiebwe. Dude is averaging 15 rebounds a game. He got 28 in one game already this season.
Said Vols head coach Rick Barnes:”There’s not enough you can say about Tshiebwe with what he’s doing. Last guy that I heard that got 20 rebounds as many times as he has was Marvin Barnes way back in the early 70’s.”
Even though Kentucky has dominated the series…Tennessee has won 3 of the last four at Rupp Arena.
Said Calipari:”If I asked this team how many games has Tennessee won in-a-row in our building, they’ll say, I have no idea.”
Said Vols forward John Fulkerson:”We’re just trying to win this game. If it happens to be four in-a-row or whatever it may be, then that would be a good accomplishment.”
Said Barnes:”The same guys that went up there a year ago came back here, and they came in here and beat us soundly.”
Vols have a top 25 defense. And they hope it plays to form in Lexington.
Said Fulkerson:”Really if you play hard and do what we do everyday in practice and execute our defensive schemes. It’s something that should be there every single night, and that’s something that we’re really trying to focus on.”
Tipoff Saturday is at 1pm.