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No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 1 Tennessee: Game Time, Channel, Announcers

Tyler Herro of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 22: Tyler Herro #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center on December 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

After losing at the buzzer to the LSU Tigers on Tuesday, the Kentucky Wildcats will try to get back on the winning track this weekend. The road only gets tougher because waiting for John Calipari's team tomorrow is the top team in the country in the Tennessee Volunteers.

Kentucky had its winning streak snapped on its home court against LSU due to a last-second tip by Kavell Bigby-Williams.

Now, the Wildcats will have to face the Volunteers in the most intriguing showdown of the weekend. Tennessee has won 19 consecutive games and its last loss came at the hands of Kansas in November.

The best match-up to watch will take place between Grant Williams and PJ Washington.

Both players lead their respective teams in points and rebounds per game. It'll be important that they avoid foul trouble because it could dictate the tempo and outcome tomorrow night.

Tennessee hasn't been challenged since its victory on the road against Vanderbilt. The Volunteers continue to dismantle opponents by double digits with their experience and depth.

With the Wildcats sitting two games behind the Volunteers in the SEC standings, it's fair to say this may be a must-win game for Kentucky, if it wants to challenge for the SEC regular season title.

Admiral Schofield and Keldon Johnson will be two other stars that can have major impacts in this upcoming showdown. There will be several marquee prospects on display, and fans will most likely watch the game of the week in Lexington.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from Rupp Arena.

Jay Bilas and Dan Shulman will call the action on ESPN.