Vols blow out Kentucky, 88-58

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) defends against Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin (10) as he goes up for a basket during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) defends against Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin (10) as he goes up for a basket during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, Kentucky’s worst all-time men’s basketball loss in 215 meetings with Tennessee was by 28 points. It came back in 1968.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, coach John Calipari’s worst loss as the curator of Kentucky basketball was by 17 points. That came back in 2010 against UConn.

As of 3:15 p.m. Saturday, the record books were rewritten.

In a smack-you-in-the-face and kick-you-when-you’re-down beating, Tennessee throttled 25th-ranked Kentucky, 88-58, before an announced sellout of 21,678 fans at Thomspon-Boling Arena.

It was never close.

And the Vols never let up. They captured their third straight win and improved to 14-10 overall and 6-6 in the SEC.

Trae Golden paced UT with 24 points and was joined in double figures by Jordan McRae (15) and Kenny Hall (12). The Vols made 29 of 50 shots and went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc.

As smiling UT fans filled the arena concourses at halftime, fat and happy with a 24-point lead over their Big Blue rival, the prevailing conversation must have centered on two talking points.

“What just happened?”

And …

“Which Tennessee team will show up in the second half.”

The Vols answered by outscoring the Cats 15-6 to begin the half. Hall capped the splurge with an and-one dunk.

The Tennessee lead was up to 34.

Not packing its normal punch with star freshman Nerlens Noel out with a torn ACL, the Cats (17-8, 8-4) went down without a fight.

In a dominant first half, the Vols had more offensive rebounds – 10 – than field goals made by Kentucky – nine. All those second-chance opportunities by UT led to 30 shot attempts. Seventeen went in, including all four of the Vols’ 3-point attempts.

Amid the onslaught, UT’s lead swelled from 16-7 to 35-12 to 43-18 and, finally, to 50-26 at halftime.

The balanced scoring from UT in the opening half was like nothing seen in Knoxville all season. Skylar McBee canned a pair of 3s. Golden penetrated the lane and pumped in 13. McRae played inside-out, good enough for 11. Jarnell Stokes scored five early points to start the assault. Hall came off the bench to add eight.

The Cats did themselves no favors. Ten turnovers led to 20 UT points, directly leading to the Vols’ 24-point halftime lead.

Three Kentucky players fouled out by day’s end. Kyle Wiltjer led the Cats with 18 points. Calipari’s team shot 35.8 percent (19-53) from the field.

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mocsandvolsfan writes:

WOW!!! hehe

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

In yo face, Squid!!

SummittsCourt writes:

First, with the way UT played today, Nerlins Noel would not have made that much of a difference.

Second, it was a 39 point spread with 2:28 left so the final score does not indicate how bad of a beatdown it actually was.

Third, a great week beating Vandy on their court by 12 and finishing by blowing out UK at home.

Great game Vols!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I love how Seth Davis totally downplayed UT's effort today..Keep disrespecting the VOls, because it really seems to affect them..NOT!!

iowavol writes:

Damn good game. Well played - as much as I could see of it. Team is gaining confidence. As I said, didn't see all of it, but it appeared we didn't turn the ball over that much. Take care of the ball and good things happen.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Gonna be a looooong drive up I-75 tonight. LMAO.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I kinda felt sorry for Cal and his vaunted youth...ok I didn't really.

Ironcity writes:

Best game in Martin era by far. Its the first time I have seen us attack from the tip to the horn. Most mistakes were made due to aggression and I love that. Its great to see Cuonzo let the boys loose on offense. Last but not least Stokes is the best player on this team but Golden is the most important. As he goes we go.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

First, with the way UT played today, Nerlins Noel would not have made that much of a difference.

Second, it was a 39 point spread with 2:28 left so the final score does not indicate how bad of a beatdown it actually was.

Third, a great week beating Vandy on their court by 12 and finishing by blowing out UK at home.

Great game Vols!

Agreed, easily the best week the men have had since last season..GBO!!

TopTenn writes:

It's great to be a Tennessee Vol! Congrats to the coaches and players.

laraccoon writes:

after the Ga. loss i was ready to throw in the towel , maybe there is hope yet ,they sure played well today , on both ends of the court !

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Is that JugHead Ky fan going to comment on this beatdown?

jt45 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

First, with the way UT played today, Nerlins Noel would not have made that much of a difference.

Second, it was a 39 point spread with 2:28 left so the final score does not indicate how bad of a beatdown it actually was.

Third, a great week beating Vandy on their court by 12 and finishing by blowing out UK at home.

Great game Vols!

Agree on all counts and even the bench played terrific today, I was most impressed by Edwards driving plays late in the game.

Golden is back and playing better than ever and the offense is on a different level when he plays well.

The look on Calipari,s face was priceless.

orangecountyvols writes:

Ok, this is for the punk kid, Seven.

May we quote you, kid? "There are no guarantees in life except death, taxes, and Kentucky beating Tennessee." That was your prophesy was it not?

Biggest loss in the sleazebag Calipari's career.

And the final score of - 30 wasn't as bad as it was earlier.

A Kittie assistant coach shown the exit........really should have been the sleazebag. Anyway Vol fans, as much grief as this Tennessee team has taken, it's nice to add one more win to the number of victories the Vols have had against Kentucky..........more than any other team in the NCAA.

CBS in my area must have seen this one coming, as they wanted a competitive game to show, so they had Pitt and Marquette. Having to listen to Bob Kesling was still nice .........hearing Bert say "MONEY" every time we shot the ball.

TopTenn writes:

Catspause LOL

hikerdude writes:

Man, that was fun. The game is a lot easier when the ball goes in the hole.

bosscat writes:

Confidence is contagious--here's to our Vols remaining infected with it for the rest of the season! Go Vols!

trl_x writes:

Great win! Nothing in BB is better than beating the Cats.

Especially like a drum.

iowavol writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Ok, this is for the punk kid, Seven.

May we quote you, kid? "There are no guarantees in life except death, taxes, and Kentucky beating Tennessee." That was your prophesy was it not?

Biggest loss in the sleazebag Calipari's career.

And the final score of - 30 wasn't as bad as it was earlier.

A Kittie assistant coach shown the exit........really should have been the sleazebag. Anyway Vol fans, as much grief as this Tennessee team has taken, it's nice to add one more win to the number of victories the Vols have had against Kentucky..........more than any other team in the NCAA.

CBS in my area must have seen this one coming, as they wanted a competitive game to show, so they had Pitt and Marquette. Having to listen to Bob Kesling was still nice .........hearing Bert say "MONEY" every time we shot the ball.

Yeah, that was the game I had to watch until I logged onto CBS Sports and watched the last 14 minutes on-line. Had to be better than Kesling. At least this time Bert claiming Money had some meaning. I've listened to him too many times scream "Money" when someone hits their first 3 pt goal in the last 10 attempts. I always kind of thought screaming "money" meant whenever someone shot it was good. Oh well...

redskinvol1 writes:

That was a beat down.Great win by the Vols!!Sweep of Vandy was great but this win was what coach Zo needed.Go Vols!!

voloffaith writes:

I humbly submit to you that it is..............................Great to be a Tennessee Vol!!! Still humbly, kattens showed their youth and inability to adjust to Noel's loss. I think we still win ,but knowing there is a shot swatter potentially lurking does adjust things mentally. However, teams play with what they have as it might be us next time with a player out just as well.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to iowavol:

Damn good game. Well played - as much as I could see of it. Team is gaining confidence. As I said, didn't see all of it, but it appeared we didn't turn the ball over that much. Take care of the ball and good things happen.

The local CBS affiliate here in Greensboro, NC carried UNC-Virginia, but I was able to watch the whole game on cbssports.com. You didn't say why you didn't see all of it, but between ESPN3 and cbssports.com, you can get lots of games that may not be on TV in your area. On second thought, you may be the one who told ME to check ESPN3 one night! To tell the truth, I missed a game I could have seen on the computer because I was watching something else on TV that night. I am so ashamed(;-P)!

sea1109 writes:

HoHoHo. HaHaHa. HeHeHe! ROLMAO!!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to voloffaith:

I humbly submit to you that it is..............................Great to be a Tennessee Vol!!! Still humbly, kattens showed their youth and inability to adjust to Noel's loss. I think we still win ,but knowing there is a shot swatter potentially lurking does adjust things mentally. However, teams play with what they have as it might be us next time with a player out just as well.

Uhhh, UT has been without their best player all year in Maymon..No empathy for the mildcats, although I do feel bad for Noel. The poor guy has got to go to class now.

brokebackvol writes:

Incredible! Unbelievable! Way to go Vols!!! Keep playing this way and you might make the big dance!

abnerPeabody writes:

Careful what you post after this stomping.There are a lot of Kentucky fans that post here and we wouldn't want to hurt their feelings now would we? Would we? Hel yes. Go for it UT fans.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

Gonna be a looooong drive up I-75 tonight. LMAO.

Back in the Ray Mears days, I heard UK fans calling I-75 the "Trail of Tears" because of all the times they drove back from K'ville after a Vol win. Hopefully, future UK trips to K'ville will have similar endings. I know it's GREAT to be a VOL fan today!

tensie2004 writes:

Proud of the Big Orange today! Now lets not have a letdown for the next game. Keep up the great work young men! All of the Big Orange Nation is happy today.

volvann writes:

Hahahahahahahaha
If UT had lost the haters would have been here in force....
Where are the idiot haters today....
Hehehehehehehehehe...........

eduardo writes:

All you sorry cheating kat phans take that and get your sorry arse up 75N! I hate kentucky! Couldnt have happened to a more deserving bunch! And Clark Kellogg shut the h up! A run off at the 2 min mark if it is a 30 pt + game. What the heck? If that was at Rupp and they were drubbing some team you think they would even think about a run off of the clock? Think not!!!

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

Where has this team been for two years? 100% shooting 3's????

Off subject - a pop-up every three seceonds, from the Web Page, it says, informs out of memory at line: 5. Or sometimes 3. Anybody else have this problem? My computer? Or has GoVolsextra gone on the blink?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Dang! What'll they do for Kentucky's highlights??

movol53 writes:

So who is going to be the idiot to come on here and make some excuse for KY. They had the number one recruiting class and we are playing with injuries (which seemed to have healed somewhat). What has happened to McCrae; he had a few where he was the top score and the last three or for he's barely scored.

DebKY writes:

I sure hate Kentucky got beat, NOT!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

VictorKruger writes:

Fierce effort from the opening whistle! Hall's benching seems to have lit a fire and Edwards played really aggressively too. Too bad that Murphy couldn't get a bucket, but there will be other chances if the team keeps this up.

johnlg00 writes:

As happy as I am with the win, I would be the first to say that it might have been different if Noel had played. There is just no way to overestimate the value of that eraser(head) guarding the rim. The other guys could play up harder on the perimeter because they knew Noel had their back, just like Davis did last year.

There is a reason the Boston Celtics won all those championships back in the 50s and 60s--Bill Russell. Davis and Noel are to UK what Russell was to the Celtics. The difference in confidence between the Vols and the Cats today was a direct reflection of Noel's absence.

For whatever reason, the Vols played with a poise and confidence that they have seldom shown all year. That is, IMHO, the ONLY real difference between the confused, uncertain efforts earlier in the season and the way they are playing now. The UGA game was an aberration, but they have really been playing well for several weeks now.

Smokey91 writes:

It was so nice to see the other team's coach look confused and befuddled for a change. That's a nice look for Cal. Good on ya Zo!!!!!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

In before the UK fans point out that they were missing their best player. We didn't have our best player either and haven't had him the entire season. Just wanted to go ahead and get that out of the way... Carry on

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YYAHOO!GO VOLS!AHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GYAHOO!
GO VOLS!O VOLS!

Great win. Martin finally is getting control of this team---and putting them on the same page. The look on the bench is absolutely professional---coaches dressed properly, team composed.

The only fly in the ocean of ointment of this game was Moore, who chose to put a thug move on a player who was vulnerable---and then showed no remorse---in fact laughed the whole time after being benched for the Technical and for fouling out in the same ill-chosen play.

Hope he gets disciplined...so that he gets the idea that Coach Martin is beginning to get the team to understand. The S&C coach looked like a pro today. Nice suit...and so did all the other coaches. And...look how the team played for a staff that is all buttoned down and buttoned up.

Thanks for a great victory! Not the greatest UK team ever...but still Kentucky!

Can they do it again?

Go Vols!!!!!!!!

golfman1975 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Dang! What'll they do for Kentucky's highlights??

They will show all the punches thrown and call it a boxing match.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to volvann:

Hahahahahahahaha
If UT had lost the haters would have been here in force....
Where are the idiot haters today....
Hehehehehehehehehe...........

"Where are the idiot haters today...."

__________________________

Busy changing screen names so they can join the celebration, no doubt.

djohnnyg writes:

This is great. A beatdown for the ages.

30 pt's? Wow!

Eat it.

golfman1975 writes:

John Adams: "Vols didn't see the real Kats today...very fortunate to pull it out"

arkyvol writes:

i was at u.t. from 69 to 73. my wife asked when was the last time the vols put a beat down on the cats like this. the only similar scores i could recall were the times the vols were on the short end of the stick.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to movol53:

So who is going to be the idiot to come on here and make some excuse for KY. They had the number one recruiting class and we are playing with injuries (which seemed to have healed somewhat). What has happened to McCrae; he had a few where he was the top score and the last three or for he's barely scored.

I think McRae had a solid game today. He scored 11, got several rebounds, had a couple of nice blocks, and was fairly solid handling the ball. In several of those games where McRae was scoring well, hardly any of the other Vols were. I thought they spread it around well today. That is the key to winning out, dare I say it. Everybody did what they were there to do. Even Golden, the clear star on the day, did his thing in the context of the game plan. If they can keep doing this, they can beat anybody.

6futurevols writes:

Where are all the chronic complainers who were comparing Coach Martin to Dooley a couple of weeks ago? While I doubt that we can play this perfectly every game, I see several areas that encourage me for the long haul: 1) Stokes now makes teams pay for double teaming him. He has improved greatly on this part of his game. 2) Golden is playing like he did at the end of last season. 3) Our bench players are productive. 4) Moore seems to get better every game.

I like Coach Martin and have always believed that he will be successful. Yes, we had a stretch of really ugly basketball for several weeks, but he coached well last year and at his previous job. That is why it is important to be patient. I see continued improvement, discipline on and off the court, and tough defense. We probably wasted too much of this season for anything this year, but we will be a very good team next year and need to finish strong this season. I would love to see a nice run through the SEC tourney. Winning it is our only hope at an NCAA bid, but as weak as the SEC is that is not an impossible task.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VictorKruger:

Fierce effort from the opening whistle! Hall's benching seems to have lit a fire and Edwards played really aggressively too. Too bad that Murphy couldn't get a bucket, but there will be other chances if the team keeps this up.

Yeah, that was too bad about Murphy. He had an open jumper about 12' out on the left baseline, but instead of shooting it, he tried to take it to the hoop and got called for traveling. But since the game plan was clearly for EVERYBODY to take it to the hoop, even the last guy off the bench in a blow-out was trying to execute it. Pretty good coaching, if you ask me!

TheEffect writes:

Congratulations to the Vols on a well played game. They out hustled and outplayed Kentucky today hands down.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to golfman1975:

John Adams: "Vols didn't see the real Kats today...very fortunate to pull it out"

There is no "real Kats team." We saw what they had today. As was acutely mentioned on the radio, even with Noel............on this day it wouldn't have made that much difference. Tennessee was waiting for this game and it showed. Winning 2 in a row on the road has built a bit of confidence also...........admittedly over S C and Vandy. A win over LSU will keep the snowball rolling down hill..........and even though a tough task looms at Florida, when they visit K Town............expect this type of effort.

The Big Blue in BB, as Ala does in football.......travels well, so those who managed to get tickets for the game, traveling back up the interstate to the bluegrass country, drive carefully. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YYAHOO!GO VOLS!AHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GO VOLS!YAHOO!GYAHOO!
GO VOLS!O VOLS!

Great win. Martin finally is getting control of this team---and putting them on the same page. The look on the bench is absolutely professional---coaches dressed properly, team composed.

The only fly in the ocean of ointment of this game was Moore, who chose to put a thug move on a player who was vulnerable---and then showed no remorse---in fact laughed the whole time after being benched for the Technical and for fouling out in the same ill-chosen play.

Hope he gets disciplined...so that he gets the idea that Coach Martin is beginning to get the team to understand. The S&C coach looked like a pro today. Nice suit...and so did all the other coaches. And...look how the team played for a staff that is all buttoned down and buttoned up.

Thanks for a great victory! Not the greatest UK team ever...but still Kentucky!

Can they do it again?

Go Vols!!!!!!!!

Agree with all, especially the Moore "play". He has been a feisty competitor every time he has gotten in a game, but that was a bit over the top. I do think he will hear about it from CCM. He wants the Vols to play tough but not dirty. Moore will learn from this and benefit from it.

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