Winning streak over as Vols fall flat at Kentucky

Kentucky's Reid Travis, top, and Tennessee's Grant Williams chase down a loose ball during the first half of Saturday night's top-five showdown in Lexington, Ky.
photo Kentucky's Reid Travis, top, and Tennessee's Grant Williams chase down a loose ball during the first half of Saturday night's top-five showdown in Lexington, Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee never seemed right Saturday night.

Beaten to loose balls. Pounded on the boards. In a surprising twist, the Volunteers were the less physical team against Kentucky.

But it was a phrase uttered by coach Rick Barnes that may have resonated the most after his top-ranked Vols fell 86-69 to the fifth-ranked Wildcats in front of a wild crowd of 24,467 at Rupp Arena, putting an end to Tennessee's program-record 19-game winning streak.

"I thought it was the most selfish we played all year," he said.

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