Cuonzo Martin believes Tennessee is a better team than when it most recently faced Kentucky, on Jan. 14 when the Wildcats scored a 65-62 victory in Knoxville.
"We're a better team, but now you have to go on the road in a hostile environment and prove it," the Vols' first-year coach said at his Monday press luncheon. "Let's go play and have some fun and compete. As a ballplayer, you embrace that (Rupp Arena) type of atmosphere. You want a hostile environment.
"It's a matter of carrying out the necessary assignments on both ends of the floor.'
The rankings indicate Kentucky is a better team since the teams last played, too. The Wildcats have ridden a 13-game win streak to the No. 1-ranking in the nation.
The Vols (10-11, 2-4 SEC) play at Kentucky (20-1, 7-0) on Tuesday night (TV: 7 p.m., ESPNU).
The Wildcats also boast the longest active home win streak in the nation at 47, with 46 of those coming at Rupp Arena.
More details as they develop online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.