This was the task facing the Cats this past Saturday. It was their biggest test to date. It appeared to be an open book test in the first half as UK jumped on Vandy and did pretty much whatever they wanted to do on their way to a 36-23 halftime lead. It was pretty impressive watching the underclassmen take it to Vandy in Nashville like that. Earlier in the week Cal had said the Cats needed to be tested. He got his wish and then some. In the final twenty minutes the Commodores played like the Vandy we all know and don’t love.
The second half looked more like a pop quiz as Vanderbilt stormed all the way back and reclaimed the lead in a back and forth battle that the Cats would eventually win 68-63. Taylor, Tinsley, Ezeli and Jenkins did most of the damage. It wasn’t quite enough as Kentucky countered with four starters in double figures in scoring as well. Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, and Anthony Davis all had between 13 and 16 points. Davis does what he always does, flirts with triple doubles nightly. Miller was engulfed in foul trouble, but hit a clutch three to break a 58-58 tie. MKG had an off game scoring, but the Cats still had enough to grind out a gritty win. Teague also shined with 8 assists as he continues to steadily improve at the point. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his effort.
Up next is a week without a game. Ole Miss (15-9, 5-5 SEC) comes to town Saturday afternoon. So no midweek game, but there is a televised midweek practice on Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Just a little something different to keep them on their toes.
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