So, you could call this “learning a lesson the hard way.” Mainly, the Wildcats learned they gotta keep the defensive pressure on and keep focusing for the whole game. After getting a twenty-point lead with 7:58 left in the second half, the Wildcats let Vanderbilt creep back into the game. But on the strength of our free throw shooting, the Wildcats pull away with the win 70-60. (Isn’t it great to be a good free throw shooting team again?)
Jodie Meeks led all scorers with 21 points, 7 rebounds and most importantly, had just one turnover to 3 assists. Patrick Patterson had foul trouble in the first half, and was limited to just 11 points, 3 blocks and just 1 rebound. (To be fair, there were a lot of long rebounds today thanks to Vandy’s 25 3pt attempts.) To pick up the slack, Perry Stevenson had 10 points (5-6 FG) and 3 blocks.
And Ramon Harris is gettin’ better every day. Ramon had 12 points, including a nice-looking 3 pointer. (The after-game box score has Ramon shooting 5-5 FG, 2-2 3pt, 0-1 FT, which can’t be right.)
Kentucky held Vandy to 31.6% FG, and 28% (7-25) 3pt shooting. Vandy won the rebounding battle 35-34, but they had 15 turnovers to Kentucky’s 12.
Somebody will be along later with a little more detailed analysis. I’m just happy DeAndre Liggins played 16 minutes despite not being able to buy a basket.
Quick, Ninja Edit: I realized Jodie’s stat line was wrong, so I deleted it. Somebody at Rupp really mucked up the official box score!