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Tempo, tempo, Wildcats

UT's change of pace, strong defense could upset Kentucky

Updated: February 13, 2010, 11:41 AM ET
By Matt Giles | Special to ESPN Insider
DeMarcus CousinsMark Zerof/US PresswireTeams have frustrated DeMarcus Cousins and Kentucky by taking the tempo down a notch.

The Inside the Bracket series takes you deeper inside what specific games mean to likely NCAA tournament teams. Today's example: the Saturday SEC clash between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers.

All season, teams have thought they could exploit weaknesses in John Calipari's Wildcats, and 23 times Kentucky has proved them wrong. However, a new version of Kentucky Kryptonite is gaining momentum as teams try to upend UK. And even John Wall believes it to be an effective sedative to subdue his crew.

Simply put: Slow down the youthful Wildcats and force them to play 40 minutes of half-court basketball and you have a good chance to win.


To see how the Vols can capitalize on the 'Cats distaste for slow play, and see what makes this year's Tennessee team different from Bruce Pearl's past squads, you must be an ESPN Insider.