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ESPN's 2nd Half Kentucky-Tennessee Prediction

Keldon Johnson of the Kentucky Wildcats drives to the rim.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - JANUARY 22: Keldon Johnson #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on January 22, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It is a big night for basketball fans. While the NBA celebrates All-Star Saturday night, one of the college games of the year is going down in Lexington.

The No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers are visiting No. 5 Kentucky. The Wildcats are the SEC's historic powerhouse, and sit two games behind the Vols in the league standings.

At the half, UK leads Tennessee 37-31. Tennessee is at risk of suffering its first loss in the conference season.

The Vols are 23-1 on the year, with their sole loss coming to then-No. 2 Kansas in non-conference play.

Despite a recent last-second loss to LSU, Kentucky entered this game against Tennessee as one of the hottest teams in college hoops.

The 20-4 Wildcats have just three losses since its season-opening fall to Duke, and all three came by two or fewer points.

John Calipari's team is really rounding into form at the right time, and that continues tonight against Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, and company.

At the half, ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives Kentucky a 77.5-percent chance to finish the job and win the game.

Kentucky-Tennessee win probability at halftime.


Keldon Johnson leads the way with 15 points for the Wildcats. P.J. Washington has 13 at the half.

With a win, Kentucky would take a big step towards getting back into No. 1 seed consideration for the NCAA Tournament.