Saturday is the latest edition of the Kentucky Wildcats versus Vanderbilt Commodores rivalry as UK travels to Nashville. Here are some game notes courtesy of the UKAA as well as pre-Vanderbilt interviews with John Calipari, Dominique Hawkins and Willie Cauley – Stein.
• The Wildcats are in their 111th season of basketball and are the national leaders in total wins with 2,122.
• With a win over Mississippi State on Wednesday, Kentucky is now 63-19 all-time in SEC openers including 4-1 under John Calipari.
• Freshman James Young tallied his second-straight double-double effort with a team-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Mississippi State.
• Sophomore Alex Poythress scored 12 points with 10 of those tallies coming off of five dunks in the win over the Bulldogs. He’s averaging 21.5 minutes per game and 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over his last two games.
• Kentucky is 138-46 all-time against Vanderbilt. UK went 2-1 against the Commodores in 2013-14, but lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament the last time the two teams faced. Kentucky is 54-27 when the game is played in Nashville.
• Six players registered a +10 in the victory over Mississippi State, with Young leading the way at +29. Andrew Harrison had a +17 rating and Dakari Johnson logged a +15.
• UK’s 18 assists was the second-highest mark this season (20 vs. Robert Morris). Nine different players recorded at least one dime.
• According to KenPom.com the Wildcats rank 351st in the country in total experience which is considered the least experienced squad in the nation. The average experience of 0.24 years is the youngest collection of players in the history of KenPom’s rankings dating back to 2007. The Citadel owns the record of 0.27 years during the 2008 season.