KNOXVILLE, Tn. (WDRB) - The 20th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats saw a 21-point lead over Tennessee (11-11, 4-5 in SEC) evaporate in the second half as they suffered thier first back-to-back losses of the season in an 84-77 loss to the Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena
"Historically...if my teams get up 10, it's like 102. I'm coaching a different kind of team," said UK head John Calipari. Kentucky (16-6, 6-3 in SEC) was once again led in scoring by sophomore guard Tyler Ulis, who 20 points along with five assists and two steals.
Tennessee's Kevin Punter had a game-high 27 points. Armani Moore chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds in the upset.
"We got a good team, obviously. We've shown it. We showed it for 15 minutes today. [We] didn't have the fight you need to go on the road and win," Calipari said.
Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena Saturday to host Florida.