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Vanderbilt pulls off monster upset of LSU

Vandy’s two-year SEC losing streak is over, and the race for the league’s regular-season title is wide open.

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The biggest upset of the SEC season just happened in Nashville, as the Vanderbilt Commodores beat the LSU Tigers, 99-90.

Saban Lee and Maxwell Evans combined to score 64 points for the Dores, the most points by two players in an SEC game since Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson combined for 63 points in a win at Tennessee in 2009. It’s also the first time two SEC teammates scored 30+ points in the same game since 2008 when Meeks (32) and Patterson (33) combined for 65 points vs. Tennessee State.

For the first time in 704 days, Vanderbilt managed to win a conference game, and it came against the first-place team in the league, as LSU entered the night at 8-0 and two games ahead of Kentucky and Auburn.

But despite riding a 26-game conference losing streak, the Dores have been playing more competitively as of late, losing at Kentucky by just nine after leading much of the game, then lost by six at home to Florida, but they finally found away to win a league game against the 18th-ranked Tigers.

This is easily one of the bigger upsets in the entire college hoops season thus far, which has been full of them. This also makes the race for the SEC regular-season title wide open going into the final stretch.

It also means Kentucky’s’ trip to Nashville next Tuesday will be more challenging than expected, but we already knew it was going to be a tough game after how the Dores gave the Cats all they wanted in Rupp Arena.

But first thing’s first. The Cats need to take care of business in Knoxville Saturday against Tennessee, while LSU will be playing at Auburn. That means by the time the weekend concludes, there could be a three-way tie for the SEC lead if Kentucky and Auburn both win.