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Kentucky Wildcats 71 at Vanderbilt Commodores 62: Instant Postgame Analysis

Kentucky wins their first true road game of the year in Nashville.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats came down to Nashville and defeated the short-handed Vanderbilt Commodores 71-62. It just goes to show you how good Las Vegas can be, who predicted an 8-point game. I'll have a full postmortem a bit later, I have to attend to some domestic matters first.

Here's your game box score:


  • Kentucky dominated the Commodores on the backboard. It's the reason UK won.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein had a very good game, and so did Alex Poythress and Jarrod Polson.

  • Julius Randle got 11 rebounds, all in the first half, and seemed out of sorts.

  • Kentucky managed to shoot 43%, but they allowed Vandy to shoot 50%.

  • Damian Jones looks like a really good find for Vanderbilt. Vandy's maturity was a big reason why they kept the game so close.

This was a good road win for this young UK team. Kentucky gave really good effort on defense, and really toughed out the game when they were challenged late in the second half.

More later. Go, 'Cats!