Teams: No.21Vanderbilt (16-3, 5-0) @ No.1 Kentucky (19-1, 4-1) Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington (24,000)
Time: 3 p.m. CST
All time Series: Kentucky leads 131-43
Key players: Vandy-Jermaine Beal 13.7 ppg, 3.2 apg, Jeffrey Taylor, 14.1, 5.3 rbg, A.J. Ogilvy 13.8, 6.1, Brad Tinsley, 7.1, 3.2 apg.
Kentucky-John Wall, 17.1 ppg. 6.3 apg, DeMarcus Cousins, 16.0, 9.7 rbg, Patrick Patterson, 15.4, 7.9 rbg, Eric Bledsoe, 10.9, 3.1 apg.
Analysis: Kentucky is so loaded. They have three frosh starters but they play like third-year juniors and they are so good. Wall is amazing and Billy Donavan said that Bledsoe may even be better. John Calipari has lit a fire under DeMarcus Cousins and he is dominating in the paint. Patrick Patterson is an excellent rebounder and scorer.
Vandy is playing so well and had a huge win over Tennessee Wed night. To ask them to do it again against Kentucky is asking a lot, but this team is talented and has great chemistry.
Kentucky will have the best venue in college basketball behind them which will make it even more difficult for the 'Dores. But if anybody in the league can pull the upset on the road it's Vandy. A.J. Ogilvy will be challenged again in the middle. Vandy will be hard pressed to cover Wall and Bledsoe, but their three-point shooting with Beal, Tinsley and frosh John Jenkins could keep them in the game. Ogilvy and backup Festus Ezeli would get a big lift if Patterson and Cousins got in foul trouble.
Huge challenge for Vandy. Not out of the question, but very difficult.