Kentucky came, and Kentucky conquered.
In a venue where the Wildcats have struggled, even with some of their best teams under John Calipari, Tuesday quickly turned into a bloodbath in Nashville, as Kentucky cruised to an 87-52 win. The 35-margin was the biggest win at Vanderbilt since the 1995-96 team won by 39.
Vanderbilt managed to keep it close early and pulled to within 12-10 with 13:50 left. But from there, it was all Wildcats, as they finished the half on a 33-5 run and cruised to their third-biggest margin of victory this season.
PJ Washington had a double-double by halftime and finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Nick Richards finished with 14 points, including a pair of highlight-reel slams in the final minutes, while Tyler Herro chipped in 12 and Keldon Johnson 11.
This was one of Kentucky’s cleanest games of the season, as they committed just seven turnovers while dishing out 18 assists.
This was Kentucky’s sixth-straight win in this series, and John Calipari has a perfect 6-0 record so far against Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew.
The Wildcats are now 6-1 in SEC play and are already well on their way to a double-bye in the SEC Tournament, though they obviously have bigger plans as they eye another SEC regular-season crown.
This Saturday, a big matchup takes place in Gainesville as the Kentucky Wildcats look to end a three-game skid to the Florida Gators.
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