Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tennessee Kentucky Preview

Kentucky @ Tennessee
The make up of this game really changed when we found out Kentucky F Patrick Patterson was out for the year with an ankle fracture. Back in January, Kentucky's season turned when they defeated the Vols in Lexington by 6 - Patterson had a team high 20 points. Tennessee should come out fired up after their loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday who ended their reign atop the polls before the ink was dry. I like Tennessee to come out pressing on defense, attacking on offense with the 3, and trying to repeat what Vandy did to Kentucky a few weeks back by embarrassing Kentucky. For Kentucky to have a chance in this game, they need to whether to storm early and slow it down to a half court game. They will have to shoot well from 3 and have a big game from the senior backcourt of Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley. In the end, I like Tennessee as they have too much talent and will have the Knoxville crowd in a frenzy just a few minutes into the game.
Prediction: Tennessee

Kentucky Tennessee line
Tennessee should win this one 9 or 9.5 times out of 10. I do not think there will be a line on this game with the injury to Patterson, but I would put it at around -1400.

Season: 62-18 (78%)
SEC: 29-8 (78%)

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