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Rapid Reaction: Tennessee 74, Kentucky 65

2/27/2010

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Quick postgame thoughts from Tennessee 74, Kentucky 65:

  • Tennessee won't be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but it has now beaten half the probable field of No. 1s. First it was Kansas, now it's Kentucky. Both in Thompson-Boling Arena, both holding on late, both with the help of huge three-pointers from near the same spot on the court. Skylar McBee did the honors in the last minute against Kansas, Hopkinsville, Ky., native Scotty Hopson did it to the Wildcats.

  • Kentucky made 2-of-22 3-point shots. Every team in March will pack the paint against the Cats and make them prove they can hit jump shots. Kentucky had a nine-point edge at the foul line but was outscored 18-6 from 3-point range.

  • J.P. Prince played a tremendous game for the Volunteers, scoring a game-high 20 points. He made the go-ahead basket after Kentucky rallied from 19 points down to tie the score, then made the final four free throws to clinch it.

  • John Wall had 19 points and six assists, but also five turnovers and was 0-for-4 from 3-point range. He was great much of the game, but flawed for key stretches as well.