Cats drop 3rd in row. Vandy wins 84-81

For the second time in as many months, the Kentucky Wildcats lost their third game in a row. This time, the opponent was Vanderbilt, themselves losers of four in a row, and six of their last seven games. The final was 84-81.

For the second time in as many months, the Kentucky Wildcats lost their third game in a row. This time, the opponent was Vanderbilt, themselves losers of four in a row, and six of their last seven games. The final was 84-81.

The Wildcats dropped to 15-9 on the season (5-5 in the SEC).

This one was a heartbreaker. Struggling against an eight point deficit and the clock winding down, the Cats created a critical turnover and senior Ravi Moss canned a clutch three pointer to pull the Cats to within five points. Later, with the Cats down just three points, point guard Rajon Rondo stole the basketball from Alex Gordon, who compounded his error by intentionally fouling Rondo trying to prevent an easy lay up. Rondo would have two shots and UK awarded the basketball with under 25 seconds to play.

But Rondo would miss both free throws, forcing the Cats to go for the three point shot. The Cats would come up short and lose the game.

The Wildcats opened the game with a clear strategy to pound the ball into the paint to center Randolph Morris, but Morris would get into foul trouble, forcing Kentucky into an outside strategy.

The Wildcats guards responded by shooting well, but Kentucky struggled defensively and Vanderbilt punished the Kentucky defense with sizzling shooting (59% FG, 9-14 - 63% from three point range).

Senior Patrick Sparks led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points. Reserves Ravi Moss and Ramel Bradley contributed 14 and 12 off the bench respectively.

Demaree Caroll led Vanderbilt with 22 points. Derrick Byars added 17. It was the first time since 1974 that Vanderbilt swept both games of the SEC regular season series.


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