Cats, Dores to face off for third time

Kentucky will be playing Vanderbilt for the third time this season on Friday in quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Commodores advanced Thursday night with a win over Arkansas.

Kentucky's first opponent in the Southeastern Conference Tournament is set. The Wildcats will be playing Vanderbilt for the third time this season after the Commodores knocked off Arkansas 75-72 on Thursday night in Nashville.

Vanderbilt (15-16, 8-10 SEC) went 12-for-28 from 3-point range in the upset of the Razorbacks. Rod Odom led the Dores with 20 points, while Kyle Fuller added 19. They combined to hit eight of Vandy's treys.

Kedren Johnson and Dai-Jon Parker added 13 and 11, respectively for the Dores.

Arkansas (19-13, 10-8 SEC) rallied from a 16-point deficit to make it a one-possession game in the final minute, but had two costly turnovers that helped send Vandy on to the next round.

UK won both games against the Commodores during the regular season, but both were close games. UK held on for a 60-58 win in Nashville in a game that featured a controversial finish on Nerlens Noel's late basket as the shot clock expired. The Cats won 74-70 in the second game at Rupp Arena as Willie Cauley-Stein scored a game-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET at Bridgestone Arena.

The other SEC quarterfinals feature Ole Miss vs. Missouri, Alabama vs. Tennessee and Florida vs. LSU.

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