Kentucky sprinted out to an early lead and never looked back. After a dominant first half, the Cats put their foot on the gas to cruise to a 35-point victory over Vanderbilt.
Winless in the SEC, Vanderbilt could not do anything right in the first half. Kentucky forced 14 turnovers while limiting Vanderbilt to only 15 points (5-of-20 from the field).
While Vandy floundered, P.J. Washington feasted. The sophomore had 18 points and ten rebounds in the first 20 minutes to outscore Vanderbilt at halftime. He finished the game with 26 points and 12 boards.
Vanderbilt showed a little life out of the halftime locker room, making five of their first seven shots to score 13 points before the first media timeout, but they were quickly silenced. Kentucky made 55.6 percent of their field goals and knocked down 10-of-17 three-pointers to create a lead so large, Jimmy Dykes was singing county music in the middle of the broadcast.
After three straight wins over ranked opponents, Kentucky kept the momentum rolling in Nashville. They aren’t slowing down anytime soon.