In this rivalry, if you want to call it that, it has been awhile since either team has been really awful. You would have to go back to the Billy Gillispie years when Kentucky wore that crown, which included a 41-point loss in Nashville in 2008. You may remember that being the worst SEC loss in school history. Fortunately those days are long gone, and Vanderbilt is the new Gillispie-led Kentucky team — hopefully without the player abuse and alcoholism. Kevin Stallings seems more like an Ovaltine kind of guy anyway.
Vanderbilt is really bad, and this game in Memorial Gymnasium has “ugly” written all over it, from the gym itself, to the fans in its stands, to the players and coaches on the Vanderbilt
sideline baseline, to the potential final score.
Vanderbilt has suffered the following: 26-point loss to Oregon (RPI 50), 13-point loss to Davidson (RPI 99) — no offense Mrs. Tyler, but these Wildcats are not so great — 17-point loss to Marist (RPI 229) in a game the Commodores only scored 33 points, 10-point loss to Villanova (RPI 94), and finally two respectable losses to Middle Tennessee State (RPI 35) and Butler (RPI 18). Add them up, and that six out of conference losses, four of them being downright unexplainable.
The average RPI for Vanderbilt’s opponents in its six losses is 87.5. The Commodores RPI is 159. Kentucky’s opponents RPI in its losses average to 21.6. Kentucky’s RPI is 64 (which is stupidly low).
Vanderbilt ranks among the worst teams in college basketball in a number of key statistics, including points per game (316th), rebounds per game (299th), assists per game (300th), field goal percentage (222nd), and free throw percentage (345th) — which is literally tied for second-worst in the country. It has been awhile since Kentucky has faced a team this bad. Seriously.
I would list you the starting lineups and the contributions each Commodore does for their team, like Kedren Johnson averaging 16.6 points per game and Kevin Bright averaging 6.4 rebounds per game… But it really doesn’t matter. Cats by 90.