- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl never hesitates to stoke the rivalry with Kentucky.
Both on and off the floor.
Following Tennessee’s woeful shooting performance in its 59-49 victory over LSU on Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament, Pearl found a way to bring the Wildcats into the conversation during his postgame radio show on the Vol Network.
Wayne Chism and Brian Williams combined for 10 offensive rebounds against LSU, prompting Pearl to chortle, “There were plenty of them to be had, way too many offensive rebounds to be had because we were 4-for-23 from 3, 17 percent from 3.
“We looked like Kentucky out there launching those things.”
It’s not a revelation that the Wildcats have struggled from 3-point range at times this season. They went one four-game stretch in mid-February where they shot just 16 percent from 3-point land.
Think Pearl’s comments might come back up if Tennessee and Kentucky meet Saturday in the semifinals? The Vols handed the No. 2-ranked Wildcats one of their only two losses earlier this season.