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Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt game thread and pregame reading

The Cats take on the Commodores in their second SEC matchup of the season.

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The Kentucky Wildcats (2-6, 1-0) take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (4-3, 0-1) tonight at 7:00 pm EST on the SEC Network. You can steam the game online at WatchESPN or with a free trial of fuboTV.

This should be another grind-it-out game for the Cats, who will likely be without Terrence Clarke again as he battles an ankle injury. Keion Brooks Jr. is also expected to be out again, so Kentucky has yet to play a game this season with a full deck of cards.

But after Saturday’s double-overtime win against Mississippi State, there seems to be a new swagger to this team.

Dontaie Allen shined after waiting for his opportunity, scoring 23 points, hitting seven threes, and basically winning Kentucky the game in Starkville. He has more than earned his spot in this rotation.

Vandy, on the other hand, has a star in the making with Scotty Pippen Jr. He is averaging 22.2 ppg to go with a 39.4% from beyond the arc this season. He has five games of 24+ points, so containing him will be the biggest key for Kentucky getting a second-straight SEC win to begin the year.

The Commodores opened their SEC season with a loss to Florida and have yet to score a quality win, so they’ll be looking to redeem themselves in this one.

Will the Cats be able to keep this momentum going, or will Vandy pull off the upset in Rupp Arena?

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