Vanderbilt Basketball Preview: Kentucky

The Vanderbilt Commodores host Kentucky on Saturday at Memorial Gym. Here is your preview of the Wildcats.

Since beating Vandy on January 23, Kentucky has gone 6-3. That streak included wins on the road over South Carolina and Arkansas, along with home victories over Florida and Georgia, to name a few.

Guard Jamal Murray leads the Wildcats in scoring. In the win over Vandy back in January Murray had 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Guard Tyler Ulis and forward Alex Poythress, who is from Clarksville, also score average in double digits for the Cats.

Looking at the Kentucky shooters, Derek Willis and Murray are both hitting over 40 percent from 3-point range.  Poythress and six-foot-9 forward Marcus Lee are the most accurate Cats from the field.

Lee has nearly 180 rebounds for Kentucky and also leads the team in blocks.  Ulis is top Cat in assists and steals.  

Looking at the Vandy-Kentucky stats comparison, the two teams are very similar in scoring offense and defense.  Both teams are solid shooting the ball but Vandy has an edge in 3-point shooting.  Vandy has more assists while Kentucky gets more steals and block. UK also has a stronger RPI.

This is a game that could go either way but the Commodores seem to have a certain aura about them that makes you think that they are going on a run. If Vandy can continue shooting like they did at Florida while also defending UK's top shooters effectively, this could be a special resume building day for Vanderbilt. 

Saturday's game tips off at 3 pm central time and can be seen on CBS. 

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