After getting blown out in Lexington 86-69 on Feb. 16, No. 7 Tennessee returned the favor to No 4. Kentucky on Saturday in Knoxville with a 71-52 win over its SEC rival.
Jordan Bone, who scored seven of the Vols’ first nine points, finished with a career-high 27 besting his previous high of 24 set in Decmber against Samford. Bone made all five of his shots from downtown and ended the game 11-15 from the field.
Grant Williams added 24 points with seven rebounds. Jordan Bowden chiiped in nine points while Admiral Schofield added seven with seven rebounds.
Kentucky forward P.J. Washington was the only Wildcat in double figures, scoring 13 points.
Tennessee went into halftime with a 13 point lead after Kentucky did not score for nine minutes and 32 seconds, going on an 0-11 drought.
With the win, the Vols will be back in the mix as a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Kentucky will likely have to play from the No. 2 or No. 3 spot after the loss.
Tennessee (26-3, 14-2 SEC) hosts Mississippi State on Tuesday at 9 p.m. before wrapping up the regular season March 9 at Auburn.