The Vols shot a season-high 58.7 percent from the field at Lexington last year, giving the No. 2 ranked Wildcats some anxious moments before bowing 80-68. One year earlier, Tennessee gave Kentucky an even bigger scare, pushing the Big Blue to the limit before falling 64-61.
''The two years I've been here, we've played pretty well up there,'' Peterson noted. ''We haven't won but we've stayed with the gameplan and played fairly well.''
Possible explanation: Rupp Arena brings out the best in Tennessee's players.
''Our guys get fired up to go to Rupp,'' Peterson said. ''They know there's a lot of history in that building, and they want to do well. I know they're looking forward to the opportunity.''
Although the Vols are 11-1 when they score 70 or more points and only 2-9 when they don't, a low-scoring, slow-tempo game may be to Tennessee's advantage. By keeping the pace deliberate the past two years, UT kept Kentucky's fanatical fans from becoming too much of a force.
''We've got to have a gameplan like that again,'' Peterson said. ''We've got to have patience, we've got to take the shot we want.''