SEC, ACC, and Big Ten contenders square off

The kids are all right: John Calipari’s heralded freshman class has been, for the most part, as good as advertised for No. 2 Kentucky. No. 12 Tennessee has been inconsistent since its personnel changes. The Vols have been superb at times on their home court, such as when they handed top-ranked Kansas its only loss to date. But the road has been more troublesome, and the Wildcats will try to make sure that trend continues Saturday night (ESPN, 9 ET). Tennessee senior F Wayne Chism has emerged as the team leader, and he’ll have to avoid foul difficulty while keeping one of Kentucky’s freshman phenoms, DeMarcus Cousins, off the boards.