The Kentucky Wildcats easily took advantage of a deflated Vanderbilt Commodores team in a 71-62 win in Nashville.
The Wildcats had ten players that played yesterday to Vandy’s seven players available. Vandy was hurt by the fact that two players got in foul trouble, forcing two guards to play all forty minutes of play.
“I don’t know,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said regarding whether he thought Vanderbilt’s lack of available players affected the game. “I was not watching that. You’d have to ask their coach.”
It certainly played a role. Kyle Fuller and Dai-Jon Parker played all forty minutes but Parker was forced to play the second half in foul trouble. Vandy forward Rod Odom was limited to 22 minutes as he picked up four fouls.
Kevin Stallings was certainly not happy about the situation.
“It hurt us having Rod [Odom] in foul trouble,” the Vandy coach said after the game. “I thought Damian [Jones] was outstanding. We don’t have a good enough margin and it showed up today in a few places. That’s what happens when you get into this situation.”
Julius Randle once more failed to get double digits in points. He got the rebounds but fell short in an attempt to pick up another double-double.
The Cats return to the floor on Tuesday on the road at Arkansas. The tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m. on ESPN. It’s a question of whether or not Wisconsin vs. Indiana ends on time. The best guess would be that the Cats start on ESPN News.