Jan 30, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Kevin Punter (0) looks to pass around TCU Horned Frogs guard Brandon Parrish (11) during the second half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

SEC HOOPS PREVIEW: Kentucky at Tennessee

The 20th ranked Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team will hit the road to take on the Tennessee Volunteers tonightin Knoxville.

The Wildcats boast a 6-2 conference record, but have struggled to win on the road. Kentucky is 2-4 on the road this season. The Wildcats have scored 78.2 points per game while giving up 67.5 on defense. Kentucky is lead offensively by freshman guard Jamal Murray; the Canadian ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 17.4 points a game, trailing only Stefan Moody, Kevin Punter, Ben Simmons, and Kareem Canty. The Wildcats have gotten great production from guard Tyler Ulis (16.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.2 apg) and will need him to play well to come out with a win.

Speaking of the Kevin Punter, he’s done exceptionally well in finding the bottom of the net for the Vols. Punter is second in the conference in scoring at 23.0 points per game.  The senior from the Bronx will need a big time game against the Wildcats, as the Volunteers are giving up 75.9 points defensively. Punter had one of the better scoring games in college basketball this season against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Tennessee (10-11) has lost two straight, but have the advantage of playing at home where they’re 9-2 this year. Volunteers head coach Rick Barnes is impressed by Kentucky’s ability to improve as the season progresses.

Tip off is set for Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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