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Roundtable: Tennessee vs. Kentucky, Late-Season Faders and More


Although Tennessee proved it can launch threes to separate from elite teams when it knocked off Gonzaga, the Volunteers would prefer to play inside the arc, which is where Kentucky has improved the most since the beginning of the season.


Tennessee won't enjoy the long-ball success in Rupp Arena that the likes of VMI star Bubba Parham did in the season's opening months, and PJ Washington and the Wildcats' other frontcourt mainstays will feed off the crowd to out-tough the Vols' bigs, which is no easy task.


They’re a little too reliant on Dedric Lawson, and while I‘ve been extremely impressed with Ochai Agbaji’s immediate contributions, KU still needs a guard not named Devon Dotson to step up on a nightly basis.


They play at DePaul, a few weeks after keeping the Blue Demons at a testy arm's length for the entire second half, then take on two of the Big East's three best three-point defenses in Providence (33.3% allowed) and Butler (34.7%) before a trip to Philadelphia to see Villanova again.


They’ve had trouble getting things to click in big games and with Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina all on deck in the next month I think a few consecutive losses could send the Tigers spiraling.


Fernando's thunderous dunks are often a must-see (he can make the highlight reel on the other end , as well) but his game is far more than just flashiness, and it's easy to picture the sophomore stealing the show during his first—and likely only—experience of March Madness.






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