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What To Make of the Tennessee Volunteers Only Playing Kentucky Wildcats Once This Season

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The Kentucky Wildcats should enter the season as the favorites to win the SEC. The Tennessee Volunteers will still compete in the conference regardless, but what should we make of them only getting to play Kentucky once… on the road?

Some people could probably care less, but this does not benefit Tennessee whatsoever.

If the SEC only has a few deserving tournament teams, the Volunteers will only get one chance to beat a national title contending team. The Wildcats aren’t exactly one of the easiest teams to beat at home and that couldn’t be any more true for the upcoming season, as Kentucky will be considered a top team in college hoops.

As you probably could have guessed, Tennessee lost to Kentucky on the road last season. However, it did manage to beat the Wildcats at home.

On paper, Kentucky will be a more talented team than the Volunteers, but Tennessee still has its fair share of talent and could be a top 25 team in the upcoming season.

However, it will have to search for big road wins in its out-of-conference schedule and against teams like the Florida Gators, who will also contend for a national championship.

The SEC hasn’t been one of the most talked about conferences the last couple of years, unless if the buzz was about Florida or Kentucky, but there will be some pretty good teams competing in the SEC in the 2013-14 season.

Tennessee will be one of them and it is a shame that it won’t get a chance to play Kentucky at home.

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