If Saturday night turns out to be the only occasion when Tennessee five-star talents Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer play inside Rupp Arena, they certainly made the most of it.
The freshman guards for the No. 11 Volunteers combined for a whopping 50 points in an 82-71 triumph over Kentucky that marked the program's third win in Lexington in the past four seasons. Johnson and Springer entered one of college basketball's cathedrals and shot a combined 18-of-33 from the floor and 13-of-15 on free throws.
"Coming into the game, we just wanted to win," Johnson said afterward on a Zoom call. "We had to get back to the way that we play, which is playing as hard as we can and playing to the last minute.