Well, you know when you have to rely on the prowess of Sheray Thomas and Bobby Perry, you’re probably going to be disappointed with the results. Vanderbilt escapes Lexington with a 72-67 win, their second straight win beneath the banners at Rupp, and their third consecutive over the Cats. The ‘Dores held true to their form, converting on 48% of their threes with 11 overall. Kentucky played as if they’d just stepped off the red-eye from a weekend at Mardis Gras, and continued to make the most basic of maneuvers seem unnecessarily intricate. While Vanderbilt’s opportune shooting touch and game moxie ultimately made the difference, Kentucky spoiled several prime chances with mental errors and lack of hustle. As in previous defeats, the Cats struggled to get the ball into Randolph Morris, who himself struggled to gain position. Stellar contributions by seniors Thomas (12pts 6reb 17min) and Perry (13pts 4ast 30min), but it was the inability of the rest of the squad to find any sort of comfort and rhythm that tells the story of this ill-timed home conference loss.
Kentucky drops to 15-4 overall (4-1 SEC), and ultimately out of the top 25. Vandy’s current dominance of UK is quite peculiar and unquestionably disturbing; this is an abrupt halt in UK’s momentum, but by no means is it a season killer. More coverage to come, and hopefully, some more answers as well.