NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the aftermath of Kentucky's phoenix-like upset victory over Florida the Cats were loathe to suggest they had finally turned the corner in a troubling season.
Turns out they were prophets.
With NCAA Tournament bubble teams losing all around the country and facing a likely win and you're in scenario Kentucky played one of its worst games of the season, getting trounced 64-48 by Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals at Bridgestone Arena. The Cats (21-11) will now wait for a Selection Sunday that doesn't look promising.
Vanderbilt shot 50 percent for the game, repeatedly breaking the Cats down with the drive for either easy lay-ups or kick outs for open three-pointers. The Commodores' lead reached 21 early in the second half before UK switched to a zone defense that garnered five straight stops and 10-0 run, but UK coach John Calipari inexplicably went back to man-to-man and the 'Dores scored five straight points to stem the tide.
The Commodores did just about everything right in a first half that saw them turn a close game into a 14-point cushion with a 19-5 run in the final six minutes. The Commodores' confidence was captured when Rod Odom clanged a three-pointer off the front of the rim only to see it bounce high into the air and hit the iron four times before going in.
It was that kind of night.
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