Kentucky vs Vanderbilt Breakdown

KSR breaks down Kentucky's matchup with Vanderbilt this afternoon at Memorial Gym in Nashville.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

When: Saturday, February 20th, 6 p.m. Eastern
Where: Memorial Gym - Nashville, TN.

Vandy Schedule (Last Ten Games)
1/13 - at Alabama - W 65-64
1/16 - at South Carolina - W 89-79
1/23 - vs Auburn - W 82-74
1/27 - at Tennessee - W 85-76
1/30 - at Kentucky - L 85-72
2/3 - vs Mississippi State - W 75-72
2/6 - at Georgia - L 72-58
2/9 - vs Tennessee - W 90-71
2/13 - vs LSU - W 77-69
2/18 - at Mississippi - W 82-78
2/20 - vs Kentucky - ESPN 6 P.M. Eastern

Record: 20-5

Vandy Statistical Leaders
Jermaine Beal - 14.7 points per game
A.J. Ogilvy - 6.1 rebounds per game
Jermaine Beal - 2.9 assists per game
John Jenkins - 45.4 percent three-point percentage
A.J. Ogilvy - 1.6 blocks per game
Jeffery Taylor - 1.3 steals per game

Vandy Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 78.6
Points Allowed Per Game: 68.8
Field Goal Percentage: 48.4
Three Point Percentage: 36.5
Free Threw Percentage: 70.8
Rebound Margin: +.9
Assists Per Game: 13.4
Turnovers Per Game: 14

Vandy Breakdown

Vanderbilt has been one of the best teams in the SEC over the last several years and this year has been no different. The Commodores are a fundamentally sound team that can make you pay from the three point line and also by making you overplay and then back cutting to the rim, in a Princeton offense way. Unlike many Vandy teams in the past, this group has a strong inside presence with A.J. Ogilvy manning the post. The follow up Ogilvy's presence with a slasher like Jeffery Taylor. Jermaine Beal and John Jenkins are capable of big games from the outside as well.

Vandy plays nine players double figure minutes, but only point guard Beal plays more than 26 minutes per game. Vandy shoots the ball well from the perimeter, but not well enough to completely rely on the outside shot. However it's not necessary for this team with Taylor cutting to the rim and Ogilvy in the post.

In order to win this tough road contest in Nashville, Kentucky will have to take care of the ball, cutting down on unforced turnovers. The Wildcats will most definitely face a zone defense in this game and will have to figure out how to solve that problem. Getting the ball to Patterson and Cousins in the post is key to this game, but the Wildcats will also have to consistently knock down some three point shots as well. The Wildcats should control the boards as usual and if they can dominate the offensive glass, it could be a long day for Vanderbilt. Defensively Kentucky will have to be prepared for the back cuts on offense and keep a hand in the face of shooters like Beal and Jenkins at all times. The Wildcats also can't let Ogilvy get their bigs in foul trouble.

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