Washington scores 23, No. 5 Kentucky knocks off No. 1 Tennessee

PJ Washington

PJ Washington

But UK freshman Keldon Johnson hit four triples in the first half (he finished with 19 points), and that was the biggest factor in keeping Kentucky ahead of UT. On a night when Kentucky was looking to not just get a win but scream a statement, Washington provided lead vocals. "Probably underrated", Calipari said, per the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tennessee fought its way back, but Kentucky was never in any real danger in the second half. "And I could see them making shots and beating us". "They dominated us in every way we could have been dominated".

Kentucky sophomore forward PJ Washington continued his stretch of dominant play, leading the Cats with 23 points.

"What we wanted to do was play together as team and not do things one on one and we didn't do that".

Jordan Bone had 19 points and Admiral Schofield 17 for the Volunteers, who scored the game's first basket but trailed afterward. They combined for 33 points, but that was under their season average of 36, and it came on 10-for-22 shooting from the field.

In what was far and away the biggest game of the weekend in the sport, Kentucky reinforced the idea that it's a national title contender and, when at its best, among the most risky teams in college basketball.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes admitted Kentucky played a strong game, and the Volunteers weren't able to compete as they had hoped.

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In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom victory.

A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Coming off a rare home loss earlier in the week to LSU and facing the specter of a Tennessee team that was equipped to humble them even further, United Kingdom fans showed up rowdy and ready to make an impact well before tip-off. United Kingdom had a 14-0 run early in the second half to deliver the knockout punch that enable them to withstand the Vols' 13-0 run that made the game look closer than it ever really was.

PJ Washington (25) had a reason to be happy.

Washington scored Kentucky's first seven points and finished 9 of 12 from the field for his seventh 20-point effort in the past eight games. Tyler Herro had 15 points and 13 rebounds as Kentucky beat Tennessee, 39-26, on the glass.

8th - Win in program history against a No. 1 ranked opponent.

17 - Point margin of victory is the second-largest by United Kingdom over a No. 1 opponent in program history.an AP No. 1 ranked team, not the largest.

39-26 - United Kingdom advantage in the rebound column. Eventually, the 'Cats lead ballooned to as much as 24.

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