Rupp and tumble: Kentucky runs away from Vols, 69-44

Kentucky's Anthony Davis, top, blocks the shot of Tennessee's Cameron Tatum during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

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Kentucky's Anthony Davis, top, blocks the shot of Tennessee's Cameron Tatum during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Jarnell Stokes on loss to Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tennessee left Rupp Arena seeing red after suffering a Big Blue blowout Tuesday night.

Kentucky showed why it’s ranked No. 1, extending the nation’s longest active home win steak to 48 games with a 69-44 victory before a sellout crowd of 24,359.

UT’s most-lopsided loss of the season dropped the Vols (10-12, 2-5 SEC) to 0-7 on the road. The 44 points was the UT’s fewest since suffering a 56-44 loss to Butler on Nov. 22, 2006 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

UT shot its worst percentage of the season for a third straight game, making 16 of 57 shots (28.1 percent) while getting a season-high 11 shots blocked.

Senior forward Renaldo Woolridge came off the bench to match his career high with 17 points, hitting five consecutive 3-pointers in the first half.

Kentucky freshman center Anthony Davis scored 18 points while pulling down eight rebounds and blocking seven shots.

Kentucky (22-1, 8-0) hit its first 11 shots from the floor, racing out to a 26-8 lead before Darius Miller misfired on a 3-point attempt at the 8:53 mark.

UT didn’t get closer than 10 points the rest of the game.

“You allow a team with that type of talent to get their heads up, it can be a long night,’’ UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Our starters didn’t do a good job of setting the tone early.’’

Jeronne Maymon on loss to Kentucky

The Vols were called for eight of the game’s first nine fouls with their top three scorers each getting two fouls in the opening 10 minutes.

The fact Kentucky coach John Calipari campaigned for a closely called game on Monday was not lost on anyone.

A Kentucky reporter asked UT junior Jeronne Maymon “how much do you think the refs were listening?” to Calipari.

Maymon, still perspiring, replied: “Probably too much; probably was on the phone with him. It was crazy how things were going.’’

Maymon, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half, also said, “They (officials) were calling a lot of tick-tack fouls on us, but we go down there and we can’t get the same call.’’

Martin said his players should have been prepared to handle Kentucky’s home-court advantage.

“I thought our guys did a good job attacking the rim; I thought we got some fouls there, they weren’t called,’’ Martin said, “but you know coming into this environment that’s the way it’s gonna be. You have to be mentally 10 or 15 points ahead.’’

UT freshman Jarnell Stokes didn’t score until there were eight minutes left in the game, finishing 2-of-9 shooting for four points with six rebounds and four steals.

Kentucky made 24 of 27 free throws while the Vols were five of seven at the free-throw line, but Stokes stopped just short of being critical of the officiating.

“If you look at the foul count, look at the game, of course you see that it wasn’t evenly’’ Stokes said, stopping in mid-sentence. “I don’t wanna make any excuses. Anthony Davis changed the game.’’

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 16 points and Terrence Jones also scored 11 for the Wildcats, who won their 14th-straight game dating back to a 73-72 loss at Indiana on Dec. 10.

Kentucky held a 38-25 half-time lead despite Woolridge’s surprising 3-point charge.

Woolridge, who didn’t play in the win over Auburn last Saturday, hit his fifth straight 3-pointer at the 4:42 mark of the first half, cutting the deficit to 32-22.

The Vols scored 21 of their 25 first-half points through the first 20 minutes on 3-pointers, getting just two points in the paint.

The foul troubles of forwards Maymon and Stokes were a big reason why, as they played six and seven minutes, respectively, in the first half.

The Wildcats had burst out to 20-5 lead, hitting their first eight shots and first four free throws, going to the line in the bonus (seven UT fouls) less than seven minutes into the game.

The Wildcats’ first foul came when Davis and Golden were called for a double-technical at the 13:48 mark with Kentucky up 17-5.

A photo that surfaced after the game showed Davis appearing to have his hands around the throat of UT guard Skylar McBee while the players converged.

Trae Golden and Davis exchanged words after that, prompting the shriek of whistles and the officials breaking up the players before any further event could occur.

UT returns to action on Saturday (TV: FSTN, 8 p.m.) at Thompson-Boling Arena against Georgia. The Bulldogs (10-10, 1-5) defeated the Vols 57-53 in overtime in Athens on Jan. 18.

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Smokey91 writes:

wow!!!!

wigmeister writes:

Destroyed!!!!! Offense, what is offense? Sad and ugly! The post season is just not going to be there, as I don't see this team winning the rest of their games.

eduardo writes:

Should have started swiper in the 2nd half...too hot for the game to be on the bench. Tatum needs to start coming off the bench!

jt45 writes:

There are just no words.

Katphan29 writes:

I won't be the typical troll - or any troll at all - but honestly, UK just beat LSU by 25 at Baton Rouge, and Calipari said it was his teams best effort of the season, and they were clicking on all cylinders.

UT was playing this KY team at home, it is - presumably - the best team in the nation.

I know UT fans wanted a close game, but given the facts, who really thought this would be a close game? No need to be down on a team that is rebuilding, and its on the road against the #1 team in the nation.

lomas98 writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Destroyed!!!!! Offense, what is offense? Sad and ugly! The post season is just not going to be there, as I don't see this team winning the rest of their games.

You came to that conclusion tonight? I can't believe you would realistically think they could win the rest of their games. The post seasons still a realistic goal, just depends on what post season you were thinking. The rest of the teams that play tn will do a heavy dose of double teaming the post like ky did tonight. We only had 11 turnovers and shot pretty decent
From 3 and still lost by 25, just another game at rupp.

Ironcity writes:

Wow this is exciting, maybe we can crack 50 on Saturday. This team stinks. Do we every get an easy basket? Tatum is now 1-21 in his last three games and 0-16 in his last two. Yet he will trot out with the first team and proceed to jack up 5 more bricks and miss a couple more impossibly easy lay ups.

madmax22 writes:

22 point differential at the ft line in a 25 point game.

samvol writes:

that was some bull*****...uk=cheaters

HtownVol writes:

That was pathetic.

I know some hate me saying this but I do not understand McBee playing so so many minutes vs teams like UK. He can not guard anyone. He is scared to shoot and when he did he makes what 1 of 7? He does not stretch the D at all. He even tackled a UT player tonight.

To be fair...

Tatum was and has been a absolute JOKE!
Golden is getting worse as the season goes on.

Stokes was a kitty cat in the paint ( I have never seen give so many pump fakes and still get stuffed, lets say it.. he was scared to play UKs bigs (Davis).

Richardson needs to never take another shot. Didnt even hit rim on a missed layup and his 3 is horrible.

Maymon was OK but they can not feed him the ball.

Why is UT as good as a high school JV team on the road? I dont get it.

Does it change next year?

We thankfully are done with Tatum but McBee will get 35+ minutes per game.

Our 2 commits are not SEC starters as it is.

UT may be able to hang in it with defense but we can not go far without scoring.

Who is going to create his own shot when needed? NO ONE!

I love UT and hope I am wrong but I cant see the top of the SEC any time soon. I am not reacting to tonight because UT is capable of winning games, just not on a consistant basis.

It is going to take a couple of PURE NATURAL SCORERS to get UT where we all want them to be.

I am only saying how I feel. I am a UT fan and want the best for UT but I am only stating MY opinion.

Dont play McBee (so much) please!

GO VOLS

rockypop writes:

While no sane person would ever expect UT to even be competitive with UK's NBA lineup, I still contend that offensively,Tenn. suffers every year from the effects of playing in the Rocky Top League. A good example is Trae Golden, who averaged a gazillion points there, and who has only seen spotty success in real games. When you get used to playing in an environment where there is no defense, you tend to develop both bad habits and an abundance of overconfidence that tends not to serve you well when the shooting starts.

7BLUeBanners writes:

Cracked back enjoying our Ole Smoky Mountain Apple Pie "Shine" from Gatlinburg, TN … oh, how sweet it is … :) It doesn’t get any better than KENTUCKY Basketball and Apple Pie … :)

farmdog (Inactive) writes:

UT should have started five wide receivers.

Steve_2 writes:

Tatum was almost funny tonight. I found myself almost laughing when he thought he could go inside against the bigs. Counzo please put him on the bench and let's start the rebuilding without the services of that fine specimen of a basketball player.

ClemCash writes:

Awful day for UT athletics. We lose two key recruits, our class is tumbling in the rankings on the eve of signing day, an then our basketball team goes out and gets humiliated. Dooley and Martin - sad.

HtownVol writes:

in response to samvol:

that was some bull*****...uk=cheaters

I do have to say that refs just kneel down to UK.

They get every last close call. Never get a traveling call.

At one point tonight I saw a ref pull a UK player off the ground. That is not a common thing to see.

The free throw differential was just laughable. UT gets called for tick-tack fouls, the refs would never dare do that to UK.

UK is a great team, how can they not be with te payroll for the players, they do not need help but the refs feel better to help them.

Does anyone really but that a 5 star recruit would go to UK to sit behind another 5 star without getting any extra benifits? When they can go to another good team and start from day one? It is not because Cal is a champion, that is sure.

Anyway, less McBee and Tatum...PLEASE!

westknoxrepub writes:

This years team is arguably better than what we're getting next year. Stokes might get better, but are we really replacing the two senoirs with BETTER players? We're not getting a good point guard. Then the next year after Stokes leaves what are we going to be left with?

lomas98 writes:

in response to Katphan29:

I won't be the typical troll - or any troll at all - but honestly, UK just beat LSU by 25 at Baton Rouge, and Calipari said it was his teams best effort of the season, and they were clicking on all cylinders.

UT was playing this KY team at home, it is - presumably - the best team in the nation.

I know UT fans wanted a close game, but given the facts, who really thought this would be a close game? No need to be down on a team that is rebuilding, and its on the road against the #1 team in the nation.

That is a pretty logical post that a lot won't understand here. TN has had a pretty tough conference schedule to start and most of the games left are winnable. We usually don't play ky twice already by the 7th game and we have already played at memorial. I think some fans will not admit how good ky is and lay all the blame on tn. Ky is playing on a real high level now and just showed everybody how to defend tn. We have to play better out of the low post double teams. We couldn't answer the initial punch from ky and that was the difference. A little word of advice to players in college basketball, quit trying to challenge Anthony Davis. Only 11 turnovers in the game and 7 made threes in the first half. Never would have thought the difference would be 25 just based on that.

notorange writes:

in response to samvol:

that was some bull*****...uk=cheaters

You don't get fouls called when all you shoot is jumpers from the outside, and i'm no coach and i don't even play one on tv, but, i wonder why swiper was on the bench to start the second half when he was the offense all night?

TheFuj writes:

KY definitely a better team. TN would not have won anyway, but good gracious 27 to 7 free throw attempts!!. Not saying officating cost the game, but that is a huge difference in 2 teams both playing man to man defense.

Tatum is just horrible. Martin should have a press conference on just why he plays Tatum. I think every fan would like to hear the logic.
Have seen Stokes now for a few games. Glad he is a Vol, but he is real slow. I mean SLOW.

born2ride writes:

Good Grief!

This is what happens to your program when you hire bargain bin coaches.

Kentucky paid big bucks to get Calipari. Cal is a cheater but he has taken 3 teams to a Final Four. UK is now #1 with a team full of future NBA players. They will be playing for a national championship.

The best UT could do was to get the coach of the MO State Bears who has never taken a team to the NCAA tourney.

We are near the bottom of the SEC. Getting blown out by UK, Vandy & Memphis. Losing to Austin Peay at home. Not going to even make the NIT.

Conzo Martin is another Wade Houston.

If Stokes had not fallen in Martin's lap, Conzo should have been replaced during mid-season. He is not getting the job done. But now we are stuck with Martin another year or so like we are with Dooley.

Keep making excuses. Keep hoping things will get better next year.

It is not going to happen until Dave Hart gets rid of Hamilton's cheap hires and brings in experienced winning big name coaches.

Go Big Orange!

dvols writes:

and KY got the beer barrell..

I guess KY owns TN...

eb502us#225637 writes:

Hard to win with 4 against 5 especially against a more talented team.

Until CM figures out (if ever) that Tatum isn't an SEC caliber player, this team will win few games.

It's just hard watching him get minutes over other players who deserve an opportunity, even the walk ons.-+

Don't know if there's such a stat, but if getting your shot blocked and eating leather was one of them, Tatum would lead the nation.

lomas98 writes:

in response to farmdog:

UT should have started five wide receivers.

Funny!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor believe this may be one of the top 5 Kentucky classes ever. Witch Doctor say they are defensive minded and do everything right(all Fresh and 1 soph.) Witch Doctor say we not very good and horrible on the road. Witch Doctor say this about right to this Cat team.
Bones never lie.

clvolfan writes:

Pathetic!!

peerless1 writes:

well i had the point differencial right(25)...http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/j...

1vavolfan writes:

Seriously guys did anyone think UT would be competitive in this game? No road wins this year and playing the hottest team in the country. Should be two wins at home against UGA and USC, be glad its over and move on. UK is going to make everyone look bad this season.

Volencheaters writes:

Lord complaining about the officials? This was a 25 point game. Not a 5 point game. I mean Jodie Meeks scored 54 points against you guys 3 years ago. That's ten more than your whole team put up. Seeing Maymon ans Stokes trying 1 on 1 with Davis was laughable. I guess coach didn't show a scouting report?!

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

This years team is arguably better than what we're getting next year. Stokes might get better, but are we really replacing the two senoirs with BETTER players? We're not getting a good point guard. Then the next year after Stokes leaves what are we going to be left with?

Are you going to tell me that we will replace the two seniors with worse players? Tatum was a fourth year junior before he cracked the starting lineup, and he has not distinguished himself since. Woolridge never cracked the starting lineup for any significant time. It's just as likely as not that before long the two incoming players will both be better than these two seniors, whose loss will barely be felt, to put it bluntly.

wildcatbasketball writes:

68% shooting from UK in the 1st half!! This was the key in the game. Blame the refs all you want to but this was the deciding factor in the game. UT does not have the talent YET, but Martin will get them there!! Cal gave KUDDOS to Martin before the game on his progression with this team. He was not left with tons of talent....He will get this team turned around because they play hard, just too little talent. Give him time Vol Fans!!

VolfanClinton writes:

in response to born2ride:

Good Grief!

This is what happens to your program when you hire bargain bin coaches.

Kentucky paid big bucks to get Calipari. Cal is a cheater but he has taken 3 teams to a Final Four. UK is now #1 with a team full of future NBA players. They will be playing for a national championship.

The best UT could do was to get the coach of the MO State Bears who has never taken a team to the NCAA tourney.

We are near the bottom of the SEC. Getting blown out by UK, Vandy & Memphis. Losing to Austin Peay at home. Not going to even make the NIT.

Conzo Martin is another Wade Houston.

If Stokes had not fallen in Martin's lap, Conzo should have been replaced during mid-season. He is not getting the job done. But now we are stuck with Martin another year or so like we are with Dooley.

Keep making excuses. Keep hoping things will get better next year.

It is not going to happen until Dave Hart gets rid of Hamilton's cheap hires and brings in experienced winning big name coaches.

Go Big Orange!

Even if Pearl was coaching tonight Tennessee didn't have much of a chance with the wingspan of Davis swatting everything and forcing our players to change their shots,he was a beast !! I thing Cuonzo is doing a great job with Pearls dog players..were lucky to have Martin !! I do agree with you about Dooley..the recruits and coaches are getting off a sinking ship !!!!!

Volumnus writes:

Now that was just special! I did not expect them to win, but I expected Coach Martin to have them get off of the bus!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

UK played like the #1 team in the country, and UT....well....played like NOT the #1 team in the country.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Three comments JMHO!!!!

1. Stokes is not better than Tobias after 10 games (or is it 7 for him)

2. Tatum is this years version of S. Pearl of last year.

3. If Ky doesn't win the NC with their talent, Cal should be fired. (prob. should be fired anyway)

Down_The_Field writes:

$ux

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Are you going to tell me that we will replace the two seniors with worse players? Tatum was a fourth year junior before he cracked the starting lineup, and he has not distinguished himself since. Woolridge never cracked the starting lineup for any significant time. It's just as likely as not that before long the two incoming players will both be better than these two seniors, whose loss will barely be felt, to put it bluntly.

A point guard recruited by bad Atlantic Sun teams and a JuCo player nobody else wanted. . .yeah it's not an upgrade.

bobvolfan writes:

the reason ky shoots so many free throws is simple.they attack the basket with their talented players.

SevenT writes:

I just pushed the "That was Easy" button...bring on Vanderbilt, Florida or Mississippi State. Bring something...."Come on Man!!"

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

68% shooting from UK in the 1st half!! This was the key in the game. Blame the refs all you want to but this was the deciding factor in the game. UT does not have the talent YET, but Martin will get them there!! Cal gave KUDDOS to Martin before the game on his progression with this team. He was not left with tons of talent....He will get this team turned around because they play hard, just too little talent. Give him time Vol Fans!!

Thought our guys had a chance about midway through the first half when they got it down to 10, but UK was just too much. Oh, well, just gonna pop back a red-solo cup, and everything will be alright.

IBAVolFan writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

This years team is arguably better than what we're getting next year. Stokes might get better, but are we really replacing the two senoirs with BETTER players? We're not getting a good point guard. Then the next year after Stokes leaves what are we going to be left with?

You are so right. But Martin did say we are better now than when we played Kentucky at home. My My.

SoddyVol writes:

in response to notorange:

You don't get fouls called when all you shoot is jumpers from the outside, and i'm no coach and i don't even play one on tv, but, i wonder why swiper was on the bench to start the second half when he was the offense all night?

You don't get fouls called playing inside either at Ky. I had to quit watching in the first half when there were no calls when Vols went up for a layup and getting whacked on the arm going up.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

This team is as bad as we have been saying; and part of that problem is the coaching.

Woolrich keeps the Vols in the game in the 1st half, so...he does not start the 2nd half?????

Maymon and Stokes are taught a couple of very basic moves from high to low/low to high post, and that is all they are taught. And there was no effectuve adjustment made at halftime for most of the problems. And Stokes was not prepared at the half to do anything better in the 2nd half, except once more go directly at Davis, who cleaned Stokes' clock.

Golden is not good enough to get the job done, but there is nobody else to get it donw. And Richardson needs to be benched, and most of the rest of the team.

Pearl and company had integrity troubles, but they prepared the Vols for the games. Straight up, this coaching staff is not preparing the team prior to the games, is not making adjustments in-game, makes very bad decisions on almost ever facet of the game during the game, and even loses the P.R. war by saying the team is a "better team now."

Uh, horse manure.

There may well be no post-season for this team, after the tournament's 1st game.

Hall is...well...Hall.

Tatum's problem(s) this year is that he is a fair role player, but spotty. There are no other folks with the strength to allow him to avoid the pressure of having to perform. No Tyler Smith, etc, etc. And Golden and Jordan are both really nowhere near the level they were billed as...

And THAT should make recruiting go very well...so that we can see another round of this next year.

When does Pearl get off his suspension? I do not like his previous ethics; but you can bet that he would be squeaky clean if given another chance!

westknoxrepub writes:

Imagine our record WITHOUT Stokes.

lomas98 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Imagine our record WITHOUT Stokes.

One less win. Have beat uconn and auburn with him. What is your point?

JCH0034 writes:

in response to SoddyVol:

You don't get fouls called playing inside either at Ky. I had to quit watching in the first half when there were no calls when Vols went up for a layup and getting whacked on the arm going up.

Haha, and that's why you're a UT fan. Ok, go back to football now.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to lomas98:

One less win. Have beat uconn and auburn with him. What is your point?

My point is Martin can't recruit and we got lucky with Stokes. Unfortunatly he's going to have to carry this team next year if he wants to make the NCAA tournament before he bolts for the NBA.

volfaninutah writes:

Wow... Kentucky's kickin our as_s in everything now. Hope the chess team can carry the banner for us!

JudgeandJury writes:

in response to HtownVol:

I do have to say that refs just kneel down to UK.

They get every last close call. Never get a traveling call.

At one point tonight I saw a ref pull a UK player off the ground. That is not a common thing to see.

The free throw differential was just laughable. UT gets called for tick-tack fouls, the refs would never dare do that to UK.

UK is a great team, how can they not be with te payroll for the players, they do not need help but the refs feel better to help them.

Does anyone really but that a 5 star recruit would go to UK to sit behind another 5 star without getting any extra benifits? When they can go to another good team and start from day one? It is not because Cal is a champion, that is sure.

Anyway, less McBee and Tatum...PLEASE!

You sir are an idiot. If you recall it is the vols who are on probation in football and basketball.

bobvolfan writes:

the cat`s uniforms are cool but they remind me of georgetown,

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