The Commodores put on a clinic last night as Jeff Taylor and Jermaine "Dollah" Beal scored 26 and 20 points respectively to lift Vandy over their hated rival, Tennessee, 90-71. The 'Dores got out of the blocks quickly building a 22-6 lead. and led 44-27 at halftime. Taylor scored 16 in the first half. Taylor sank four-of-five shots and eight-of-eight free throws. UT cut the lead to 10, 46-36 with 17 minutes left, but Vanderbilt went on a tear after they led 49-38. They went on a 17-1 run and put the game out of reach after they led 66-39. They cruised from there.
The 'Dores were 37-of-43 from the line (86%) for the game. Taylor was 12-of-12, Beal was seven-of-eight and Brad Tinsley was six-of-six. A.J. Ogilivy scored 11 points and had six boards, and yes, Tate, he is 2-0 vs Chism this year. Andre Walker had eight points and nine boards in another solid outing. The 'Dores outrebounded UT, 40-31.Festus Ezeli, a 40-something % free throw shooter, was even three-of-four.
The 'Dores were missing John Jenkins, who was in the hospital with the flu. His status is unknown for Sat's game against LSU at 12:30 on SEC Network.
UT was led by J.P. Prince who had 19 and six boards. Wayne Chism added 16 and seven boards.
Vandy moved to 18-5 overall and 7-2 in SEC play, a half game behind Kentucky. The Wildcats come to Nashville Feb.20 at 5 p.m. on ESPN. I am going and will give a detailed report on that one. Should be a classic, but the 'Dores have some work to do before that.LSU at home Sat.at 12:30 on SEC Network, and at Ole Miss next Thurs. 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Kentucky plays UT, Sat., and is at MS. State on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. You kind of worry about fresh legs for next Sat's game with Ky, but it's the SEC and you've got to be tough. Even bigger, it's UK.
UT (18-5. 6-3) goes to Lexington on Sat. Night at 8 p.m.(CT) to face the No.2 Wildcats on ESPN.
Kentucky 66, 'Bama 55
John Wall with 22 points and 10 boards; the legend keeps growing. DeMarcus Cousins with 16 and 13, his seventh straight double-double. 'Bama shot 33% from the floor and four-of-14 from trifecta (28.6%). Tony Mitchell did play well though. He had 13 points and seven boards. JaMychal Green had 11 and six and Senario Hillman added 10 points.
'Bama (13-11, 3-7) plays at home versus a hot Arkansas team at 3 p.m. on SEC Network. Arkansas (5-3, 12-11) has won four in a row including a win at home over Ms State and wins on the road at Ole Miss (qualty) and at Georgia, which is becoming a pretty decent basketball team. Test for the Tide.
AU (2-6, 11-12) faces a Georgia team (2-6, 11-12) coming off a big home victory over Vandy, 72-58. They have lost many close games this year and they are talented both outside and underneath. Trey Thompkins leads UGA with 17.5 ppg. Outstanding guard Travis Leslie averages 14.3.
AU is led by senior point guard DeWayne Reed, who is averaging 16.5 per game. Lucas Hargrove comes in at 13,1, Frankie Sullivan at 12.6 and Tay Waller at 12.5.
The Georgia game is at 8 p.m. on CSS.
Auburn plays Sat at Ms. State at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.