Davis strong, No. 1 Kentucky tops Tennessee 69-44
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|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 69, Tennessee 44
|Arkansas 82, Vanderbilt 74
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Anthony Davis had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as top-ranked Kentucky beat Tennessee 69-44 on Tuesday night to extend the Wildcats' home winning streak to 48 games.
Kentucky (22-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) got off to a sizzling start by hitting its first 11 shots over the opening 11 minutes as the Wildcats won their 14th straight overall in another dominating performance.
The 6-foot-10 Davis has been the biggest star among the Wildcats' starting group of three freshmen and two sophomores who expect to play for a national title in a little over two months.
The Volunteers (10-12, 2-5) were led by Renaldo Woolridge, who hit a career-best five 3-pointers and tied his career-high with 17 points.
Kentucky holds the nation's longest home winning streak and wore platinum gray uniforms instead of their standard white as part of a Nike promotion with eight other programs in men's and women's basketball.
The uniforms made it tough at times to pick up who was scoring for the Wildcats. No matter, everyone has pitched in equally this season for a club that features six players averaging 9.9 points or more.
Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 16 points and eight rebounds, Terrence Jones scored 11 points and Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague had nine apiece for the Wildcats.
The Vols' main inside presence, Jeronne Maymon, scored 13 points, but picked up his fourth foul with just over 12 minutes to play. With Maymon gone, Davis feasted down low, blocking his seventh shot of the game when he rotated and swatted Kenny Hall's attempt.
Davis has an NCAA-best 108 blocked shots this season to help Kentucky lead the nation. He made six straight free throws before hitting a 17-footer that gave Kentucky a 57-36 lead with 6:52 left.
He scored the first two baskets of the game, then stepped out and hit another long jumper as Kentucky built a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout.
With just under 14 minutes left, Jones went hard to the basket, scored and drew a foul. With both teams congregated in the paint, pushing and shoving started before officials separated the sides.
Trae Golden and Davis were assessed technical fouls, and Davis drew an offensive foul on Hall on the ensuing possession that fired the Wildcats up even more.
Kidd-Gilchrist was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws, Teague added another and Kidd-Gilchrist's layup gave Kentucky a 22-5 lead with 11:39 left in the first half.
Vols freshman Jarnell Stokes picked up his second foul 25 seconds later to go to the bench and Tennessee's best three players -- Stokes, Maymon and Golden -- watched the rest of the half because of foul trouble.
Darius Miller's jumper gave Kentucky a 26-8 lead, but he missed a 3-pointer to snap the Wildcats' perfect start with 8:57 left in the first half.
Woolridge hit consecutive 3-pointers that cut Kentucky's lead to 32-22 and was 5 for 5 from 3-point range at that point, while his teammates were 3 for 19 from the field.
The Vols never cut the lead to single digits as Kentucky answered with six straight points and led 38-25 at halftime.
Tennessee is 4-12 all-time against the nation's top-ranked team including a win against No. 1 Kentucky in 1966. The Vols had won its last two games when facing No. 1, but this group under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin never had a chance after shooting 28.1 percent at aging Rupp Arena.
Earlier Tuesday, a planning committee recommended renovations to the arena and surrounding area beginning in 2015 at a cost of between $250 million to $300 million.
The two-year project would keep Rupp's official capacity around 23,000, but would add luxury boxes, party suites, chair backs, a modern eight-sided scoreboard and LED ribbon boards around the facility.
Arkansas downs No. 25 Vanderbilt 82-74
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas picked the right time to start draining 3-pointers.
Ricky Scott scored 18 points and the Razorbacks equaled their Southeastern Conference-best with nine 3s in pulling away to an 82-74 victory over No. 25 Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
Five players scored in double figures for the Razorbacks (16-6, 4-3), who improved to 16-0 in Bud Walton Arena this season. Julysses Nobles added 17 points for Arkansas.
The Commodores (16-6, 5-2) led 40-37 in the second half before Arkansas' Hunter Mickelson tied the game with a 3-pointer. That started a stretch where the Razorbacks hit six of seven field goals from behind the arc and took a 59-46 lead.
Vanderbilt, which was led by John Jenkins' 19 points, was unable to get closer than seven points after that.
Jeffery Taylor added 18 points for the Commodores, while Festus Ezeli had 14 and Steve Tchiengang 10.
Arkansas equaled the best start to open a season since the 1993-94 national championship team had the same home mark for the entire season. Only that team and the 1997-98 team have gone undefeated at home since the arena opened in 1993.
The Razorbacks entered Tuesday night with home wins over two ranked teams already this season: then-No. 15 Mississippi State and then-No. 20 Michigan. They used big first-half runs in both of those wins, but didn't follow that script in falling behind 34-32 at halftime to the Commodores.
This time, Arkansas pulled away in the second half with its 3-point barrage against a Vanderbilt team that had won 11 of 12.
BJ Young finished with 12 points for the Razorbacks, while Mardracus Wade and Ky Madden added 10 apiece.
Mickelson, who was 4 of 4 from the field and had an impressive spinning dunk past Ezeli in the second half before fouling out, finished with nine points. The freshman started the 3-point party to tie the game at 40-40, and Wade and Scott each hit two during the run of six 3-pointers in seven attempts.
Young drained the final 3-pointer during the run to put the Razorbacks up 57-56. He then added two free throws to stretch the lead to 59-46, leaving the Commodores stunned and sending them to 4-2 on the road this season.
Arkansas built a 25-18 lead on the back of Nobles, who had 11 points and was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers in the first half. The Razorbacks benefited from their pressure defense, which forced Vanderbilt into six early turnovers.
Ezeli made sure the lead was short-lived, leading the Commodores on an 11-0 run that put them up 29-25. Ezeli, who had 21 points in his last game against Middle Tennessee, scored nine straight to ignite the run -- twice scoring while he was fouled and putting back another miss while having his way with Arkansas' interior defense.
Vanderbilt was 13 of 25 (52 percent) in the first half, during which the Razorbacks were forced to use a smaller lineup for much of the time due to early foul trouble. Arkansas closed out the half with a lineup that featured 6-foot-4 Brandon Mitchell as its tallest player on the court and he was guarding the 6-11 Ezeli.