Posted on 12 February 2012.
Last night top seed Kentucky took out Vanderbilt, making it Kentucky’s 17th win in a row. It was said that Vanderbilt was going to be Kentucky’s biggest challenge thus far, and the Wildcats once again proved they are capable of conquering even the toughest of teams. The Wildcats are on fire; they are loaded with talent, and I would be extremely surprised if they don’t go on to win the national title. Doron Lamb, Kentucky’s point guard is quickly becoming one of the most clutch players I have ever watched. It was Lamb who sunk a critical three pointer to put Kentucky up 59-55 with seven minutes to go. Lamb hit another three point bomb at the three minute mark and Kentucky’s defense held them down for the rest of the game. Lamb finished with 16 points for the game. Although the final score was close (69-63), the Wildcats won because of their defense was very strong, and very effective. Their main strategy was to lock them out and keep Vanderbilt away as much as possible. They succeeded. Freshman Anthony Davis really stepped it up, making it extremely hard for Vanderbilt to cross them. Davis was the defensive pit-bull of the night blocking seven shots. John Calipari, UK’S coach, talked about how he believes his players genuinely got better today. Vanderbilt is a very strong team, and definitely gave Kentucky a run for their money. UK was better all around; defense shut out Vandy as they went stone cold in the final four minutes of the game.
Even Vanderbilt top scorers like Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins couldn’t get past Kentucky’s defense. This game secured Kentucky’s number one spot, and dropped Vanderbilt to seed 25. Kentucky has the week to prepare for their game next Saturday against Ole Miss. At this point, I’d say UK has this season well under control.
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