Sorry, School House Rock. Three is not the magic number for Kentucky Tuesday night at Vanderbilt.
The Wildcats enter Memorial Gymnasium with an 18-5 record on the season. John Calipari is no stranger to the Commodores. UK’s head coach boasts an 18-4 career record vs. Vanderbilt.
Kentucky already has one win over Vanderbilt this season. The 71-62 victory was sparked by a big half from the sluggish Wildcats. Many may consider that game the beginning of a midseason slump from Ashton Hagans. Over the last four games Hagans has 18 assists and 18 turnovers.
While Hagans has struggled to take care of the ball, his teammates in the backcourt have provided enough production to lift the Cats to win six of their last seven games. Immanuel Quickley has been a dog away from Rupp, averaging 18.3 points per game in six true road games, most recently scoring 18 points at Tennessee.
Johnny Juzang has been a pleasant surprise off the bench. The reclassified freshman posted a career-high 24 minutes at Tennessee. He knocked down three three-pointers and all four of his field goals to score 13 points. In his last 18 shots Juzang has made 58% of his field goal attempts. Meanwhile Tyrese Maxey continues to be money from the free throw line, only missing 18.1% of his attempts from the charity stripe this season.
Will Kentucky prevail? ESPN’s BPI gives the Commodores just shy of an 18% chance of victory.
You can probably cherry pick a few more No. 18 stats if you check out tonight’s tale of the tape.