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           === Golden leads the way as Tennessee hammers Kentucky ===
 
 Knoxville,  TN (Sports  Network) - Trae Golden poured in a game-high 24 points
 and  dished  out eight assists  to lead  Tennessee to an  88-58 rout of No. 25
 Kentucky at Thompson-Boiling Arena.
 
 Jordan  McRae scored  15 points  and Kenny  Hall added  12 for  the Volunteers
 (14-10,  6-6 SEC),  winners in  three straight  and five  of their  last seven
 overall.
 
 "Guys  did a  good job  of competing  from start  to finish,"  Tennessee coach
 Cuonzo  Martin said  of his team. "Just  a tremendous effort from both ends of
 the  floor.  I think in the  last three games this  is the Tennessee team I am
 accustomed to seeing."
 
 Kyle  Wiltjer replaced  Nerlens Noel, who suffered a season-ending knee injury
 in Tuesday's loss to Florida, in the starting lineup and scored a team-high 18
 points,  but the  Wildcats  (17-8,  8-4) were  clearly  missing the  defensive
 presence Noel provided inside.
 
 "This  was  a hard game  to begin with," Kentucky  coach John Calipari said of
 playing  without Noel. "We  are still trying to learn how we are going to play
 offensively and what we are going to do defensively."
 
 Kentucky  was  outrebounded by a  39-21 margin and  was outscored 40-22 in the
 paint.
 
 Julius Mays scored 12 points and Jarrod Polson added 11 points in the setback.
 
 Tennessee missed its first seven shots of the game, but heated up quickly.
 
 Alex  Poythress'  layup with just over  three minutes played in the first half
 tied  the  game at 7-7, but  the Volunteers exploded for  a 26-5 run to take a
 33-12 lead at the 9:49 mark.
 
 Tennessee  kept  its foot  on the gas,  pushing the lead  to 48-22 following a
 McRae dunk, and the Vols led 50-26 at the break.
 
 Golden's  basket in  the opening minute of  the second half sparked a 16-6 run
 that  pushed Tennessee's advantage to 66-32, and the Wildcats never got closer
 than 26 the rest of the way.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Kentucky  holds  a 149-67 advantage  in the all-time  series ... With the win,
 Tennessee  has won  five straight  home games  against the  defending national
 champions  (Connecticut twice, Florida twice) ... The Vols were 29-for-50 from
 the  field and went 5-for-5 from 3-point range ... Tennessee's bench outscored
 Kentucky's  reserves,  30-8 ....  Kentucky shot  just 35.8 percent (19-for-53)
 from the field.
 
 02/16 20:18:16 ET

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