Tennessee upset No. 4 Kentucky, 82-80, on Tuesday at Thompson Boling Arena. The Vols, who entered the game 10-9, have now beaten Kentucky in Knoxville for the second time in as many years and got their first victory over a top-five team since 2010.
“It’s very fun to play that way against Kentucky,” Tennessee forward Lew Evans said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s not just me. It’s my teammates as well. All these guys played terrific tonight.”
Robert Hubbs III scored a game-high 25 points for Tennessee, while Admiral Schofield and Lamonte Turner combined for 25 points off the bench. It was a team effort.
“That was the thing for us,” said Evans, who scored eight points. “Are we going to play 40 minutes of tough basketball? Are we going to put up 40 minutes together? We’ve had games where we played 32 minutes and let up for eight. So as a team, I believe we played a complete 40 minutes.”
Tennessee (11-9) shot 46.9 percent from the floor and 5-of-10 (50 percent) from three, while limiting Kentucky (17-3) to 41.7 percent shooting and 6-of-24 (25 percent) from distance.
“Coach has been harping on us all year that we want to be a team that gets up and down,” Evans said, referring to Rick Barnes. “We want to score. I think we did that tonight. Our coaches put together a very good scout and told us from the beginning we need to get back on (defense) because they’re on of the best teams in transition. They score 25 points a game (in transition) – one of the best in the country. So we need to get back, build a wall and make sure that we play half-court defense on them.”
Tennessee, which has won three of four, hosts Kansas State (15-5) this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.