After suffering a massive collapse on Tuesday night, the struggling Vanderbilt Commodores face a tough task as they try to bounce back against the 20th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in their SEC showdown on Saturday. With Kentucky likely to be a huge road favorite in this affair, let’s find out what’s going to go down in a contest that looks like a major mismatch just waiting to happen.
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No. 20 Kentucky vs Vanderbilt
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET
Where: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN
Stream: Watch ESPN
After struggling for the most part, Kentucky came alive late in the second half-dozen to sneak past a very good Texas A&M team 74-73 on Tuesday night. Hamidou Diallo scored a team-high had 18 points and PJ Washington added 16 points and made a few key plays late to help the short-handed Wildcats eke out a narrow win against the Aggies – all after being challenged by head coach John Calipari to show some guts against their feisty conference rivals.
"We got closer, (to being tough)" said Calipari. "But that’s still going to be a work in progress. Until we get really good at that, we’re going to be who we are. Every team that plays us is going to have a chance."
Kentucky shot a scorching 65 percent after halftime and 56 percent overall to bounce back from last weekend’s loss at No. 24 Tennessee .
And, speaking of Tennessee, the Vols came back from a 10-point halftime deficit against Vanderbilt to beat the Commodores 92-84 on Tuesday night.
Despite getting 21 points from Saben Lee, 19 points from Jeff Roberson and 16 points from Riley LaChance, the Commodores couldn’t slow down the Vols in the second half, even on their home floor.
"That should be good enough to win games," coach Bryce Drew said after his team put up 84 points
Vanderbilt has lost two straight and three of their last four games and is giving up almost as many points per game (71.1 ppg) as they average (71.8 ppg). Kentucky has a bunch of blue-chip high school All-Americans (again) that are getting a bit better with each passing game.
The Wildcats are the easy pick to win this game outright, but if the point spread for this contest reaches double digits, I say, take the completely desperate Vanderbilt Commodores to cover!