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Vanderbilt is really bad

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.

 

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

16 Comments for Vanderbilt is really bad



  1. tom5673
    4:03 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    “gillispie led” but tubby recruited. i realize that gillispie was a turd, but it’s funny how everyone forgets what he inherited from coach smith and went 12-4 in the sec and was named co-coach of the year.



  2. tom
    4:03 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    you guys might want to take it easy on the ‘Vandy is so bad’ bandwagon until we beat the Commodes.

    We haven’t exactly set the woods afire when it comes to dominance and consistency on the road.



  3. tom5673
    4:04 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    amen #2



  4. If we lose
    4:06 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    If we SOMEHOW LOSE . . . . Shut this site down .. .Hello N.I.T.!!!!



  5. Kingscuba89
    4:12 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    I say Polsen gets his first triple double.



  6. bloobloodcat
    4:17 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    Now we’re going to feel really stupid if we lose this game. Is this now a must win? How bad would this crush our RPI if we lose to Vandy after they’ve had those horrible losses mentioned above? I say we win by 20, but still anxious regardless



  7. cat boy
    4:24 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    Is Bobby Knight calling the game? How long till he calls for a ball fake? How long till he says Vandy players go to class and earn grades and ours dont? I say boycott the broadcast and email our reasons to ESPN. We deserve better.



  8. cat boy
    4:26 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    I think Mitch and Dr. C. need to express our feelings to ESPN.



  9. JG
    4:43 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    You can throw the stats out when Vandy plays Kentucky. We truly are their “Super Bowl”! They tend to shoot lights out against us and this UK team is 0-2 on the road so far… I know both tough road games but I don’t think a 10-4 team can look past anyone on the road…



  10. Big Blue B-Rad
    4:54 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    Regardless of their record, rest assured Vandy will bring it against us! They always do.



  11. Big Whoop
    5:21 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    Oh please. We will beat the snot out of Vandy. If not, then we really do suck.



  12. Big Blue B-Rad
    5:30 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    11) All I’m saying is, as Calipari said, “We are everybody’s super bowl.” Their crowd is going to be fired up. Their players will be fired up. Their coach will get them fired up as well. Talentwise, we’re way better. But we’ll see how the players handle the crowd noise and their bizarre court dimensions.



  13. GreatWhiteHype
    5:46 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    “We are everybody‚Äôs super bowl” worked last year now it just sounds stupid.



  14. Dr. Funke
    6:58 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    “It has been awhile since Kentucky has faced a team this bad. Seriously.” – Look at Eastern Michigan’s stats. They are worse. Do you really think EMU would be favored over Vandy?



  15. Dr. Funke
    6:59 pm January 9, 2013 Permalink

    13 – It’s like that every year, even when BCG was here.



  16. Ken Grizzle
    8:53 am January 10, 2013 Permalink

    Strange things have a habit of happening at Vandy. They may look bad on paper but once they see KENTUCKY on a jersey they turn into Michael Jordans! I think I’m going to hold my bragging until after the game.