Kentucky Wildcats Basketball – Know Your Enemy: Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC Tournament Edition)

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GAME 32

VANDERBILT COMMODORES 15-16 (8-10)
MARCH 15, 2013 - 7:30 PM
 BRIDGESTONE ARENA - NASHVILLE, TN

TV – SEC NETWORK

KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 138-45

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:
 2/20/13: KENTUCKY 74 Vanderbilt 70
 1/10/13: KENTUCKY 60 Vanderbilt 58
3/11/2012: Vanderbilt 71 KENTUCKY 64*
 2/25/2012: KENTUCKY 83 Vanderbilt 74
 2/11/2012: KENTUCKY 69 Vanderbilt 63
   * SEC TOURNAMENT FINALS

For the second straight season, the Kentucky Wildcats will face the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC Tournament.  Last year, the Commodores knocked off the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament Final, but you can argue that this game is an even bigger matchup.  As of now, Kentucky is barely on the right side of the NCAA bubble and most pundits have them as a “play in game” on either Wednesday or Thursday.  So this can be classified as a “must win” for the Wildcats.  They have a RPI of 48, but you figure a win today, plus the inevitable losses by other bubble teams will take Kentucky off the bubble and as a lock in the NCAA field.

They could not be playing the Commodores at a worse time.  Since the 74-70 win at Rupp, the Commodores have gone 5-1 with the only loss at Florida.  And the CommodoreS are fresh off a bubble busting 75-72 win last night over Arkansas.  Even though the game is in Nashville, expect UK fans to outnumber Commodore fans, so that is a big plus for UK.  However, expect the rest of the SEC fans to root for the Commodores so this can be a pretty rough venue.  Take that and the fact that Kentucky’s two wins were by just six points combined and there is a reason to be nervous.  That said, let’s look at the Commodores and some season stats:

 

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Topics: 2013 SEC Basketball Tournament, Basketball Articles, Kentucky Wildcats, KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS VANDERBILT COMMODORES Sec TOURNAMENT GAME PREVIEW, Vanderbilt Commodores

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