This weekend brings us what may be the game of the year in the SEC. No. 1 Tennessee travels to Lexington for a date with No. 5 Kentucky.
It is the first game in a home-and-home split between the two powers. The return game in Knoxville will be played on March 2.
Aside from this week's loss to LSU, which came on a controversial tip-in at the buzzer for the Tigers, Kentucky has won 10 of its last 11 games. At 9-2, the 'Cats are two games behind the Vols, who are undefeated in SEC play.
The Rupp Arena home court advantage is a big factor, though.
ESPN's Basketball Power Index has Kentucky as a solid, but not overwhelming, favorite over Tennessee.
BPI gives Kentucky a 59.3-percent chance to win the game.
Per Kentucky Sports Radio, an early line via Caesars Palace Sportsbook had Kentucky as a four-point favorite at home in this one. Interestingly, a line for the March game in Knoxville is also available, and Tennessee has the same four-point edge there. That indicates that these two would be close to even on a neutral court, as of now.
Most books don't have an updated line for the game up yet.
Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.