The Wildcats are looking to do something that they haven’t done so far this season: win a true road game. The 2012/2013 Wildcats will open SEC play tonight against the Vanderbilt Commodores. While Vandy is not a good team (6-6), they play in the most awkward gym in the country. I’m always a little nervous when Kentucky rolls into Nashville because we always have young players and that gym takes some getting used to.
Make no mistake about it, the Wildcats need to win big here tonight. A less than stellar effort on the road against a less than stellar opponent could spell trouble for Kentucky. They have a chance to take advantage of a very weak SEC and they need to start off on the right foot by crushing the Commodores. The Wildcats are a 12.5 point favorite.
John Calipari is pleased with his team’s December performance and is looking to build on it with their SEC debut:
I said, ‘Now, we just went through a great month of training and now you go on the court and show what you’ve worked on. There are going to be bumps in the road, there are going to be ups and downs. It’s not going to be like you’re going to beat everyone by 30. You’re going to be down at half at times but the whole point is, you get a great foundation out of fight. To battle, to know that you can play with anybody if you choose to.’
I like inspirational Cal.