For Tennessee, it’s simply too easy to get the ball into the paint and score. And as much as UK struggles offensively without Patrick Patterson, that may be the most painful aspect of all for the Cats post-Pat.
Tennessee has entered the post three times, and scored all three to jump to an 11-2 lead at the first TV timeout with 15:47 left. Tennessee has only pressed one poessession.
UK’s only basket came on a cut to the basket from Ramon Harris, who needs to be more assertive offensively.
Kentucky has two main hopes today:
1. That Tennessee will become lax once it has a lead
2. That the Vols will fall in love with the 3-pointer, and miss a bunch of them.
The Vols are being smart offensively, pressuring UK’s ballhandlers so the Cats can’t easily dribble out the shot clock.