KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Life without Nerlens Noel begins in earnest for Kentucky at one of the Southeastern Conference's most difficult venues, demanding the Cats to respond to their misfortune right away.
The Cats (17-7, 8-3) will try to win their seventh consecutive game over rival Tennessee but will need to fend off the Volunteers (13-10, 5-6) without Noel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at Florida on Tuesday. The challenge becomes even more daunting with the recent play of Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes, who has averaged 17.5 points and 11.7 rebounds in recording six consecutive double-doubles.
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