The top ranked Vanderbilt Commodores will face off with the Kentucky Wildcats today in the SEC championship at 100 P.M. at the Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.
You can watch all the action between the Commodores and Wildcats here. Here is some footage of the last time these two teams squared off.
This is the last game standing between Kentucky and a perfect SEC season and tournament, but Vanderbilt should prove to be a tough test for the Wildcats.
The NCAA tournament starts on Tuesday of next week with preliminary games in Dayton, Ohio. The real tournament starts on Thursday at lunchtime. The top seeds in the NCAA tournament are likely to be Syracuse, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.
Here’s more on this game from ESPN:
Both of Kentucky’s wins against the Commodores this season followed similar scripts. Vandy has been right there with the Cats in the dying minutes both times, but has faded. Two weeks ago in Lexington, the Dores trailed by as little as four with 2:42 to play. Kentucky went 3-of-3 from the field down the stretch and hit a bevy of free throws to hold on in a nine-point win.
A month ago in Nashville, Vandy actually led, 63-61, with four minutes left. The only problem is, the Commodores didn’t score again, instead closing the game on a 0-of-9 cold streak in a six-point loss.
Vandy clearly has what it takes to keep pace. Is the third time the charm to finish strong?
After a rocky, one-point performance in the first half against LSU, Anthony Davis has come on (surprise, surprise) to have a sterling showing at his first SEC tournament. Davis has posted double-doubles in both of Kentucky’s games so far, highlighted by his 15 points and 12 boards on Saturday against Florida.
As good as he’s been, he has yet to really take the lead in UK’s two scrappy wins so far in this tournament, which says a lot about the caliber of season he has had. If he plays the way he did last time against Vanderbilt, there’s almost no way to withstand the Wildcats. When the Commodores came to Rupp Arena on Feb. 25, Davis chalked up a career high of 28 points (10-of-11 shooting) to go with 11 boards and six blocks. Stallings put it succinctly when he said Davis “played like a dude.”