Fitch, a 6-3 senior, is UK's leading scorer at 15.5 points per game. He also is the Big Blue's spiritual leader.
''Fitch is back for them, and I think he gives guys like (Kelenna) Azubuike, (Chuck) Hayes, (Cliff) Hawkins and those guys some confidence,'' UT head man Buzz Peterson says. ''They've got experience on the wing. He's a nice outside shooter who can step up and hit big shots for them.
''Defensively, he's really good. He can really get into folks. I think it's a huge boost for them to have him back in the lineup.''
In the earlier meeting in Knoxville, Scooter McFadgon scored 33 points that night -- UT's high for the season -- and the Vols led by three with 22 seconds left in regulation. Hawkins nailed a game-tying 3-pointer six seconds later, however, and the Cats won 69-68 in overtime.
''I've reminded our guys about that,'' Peterson said.