After a 3-2 start in SEC play had many wondering if this Kentucky team was even worthy of the top 25, you couldn't have asked for a better bounce-back week than what we just saw the Cats pull off.
On Thursday, UK went into a venue which victory had never been accomplished under John Calipari in Lexington, but the Cats stormed out to a big lead and cruised to an 80-66 win.
Then Saturday, Vandy came into Rupp riding a three-game winning streak and a just came off an impressive win at Tennessee, not to mention having the same starting lineup the Dores had against last year's 38-1 UK team. That was a game Vandy pushed the Cats to the limit before falling by just eight points in Rupp, but this time around, Kentucky dominated for 40 minutes and came away with a 76-57 win.
Bouncing back is something Cal and his teams have become accustomed to, so it shouldn't be surprising to see the Cats have one when they needed it most.
Tweet(s) of the Day:
Jamal Murray seems to make at least one of these plays every game. They make us say, "Wow" every time. pic.twitter.com/SoRVh2is8t— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 24, 2016
UK's Improvement on Display in Vandy Win | UK Wildcats News
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