Kentucky basketball plays at Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Vanderbilt score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Kentucky 74, Vanderbilt 67
For the second time this week, the shorthanded Cats played impressively for most of the game and then had to survive a furious comeback and series of late mistakes. This time, it was missed free throws in the clutch by Vanderbilt, but Kentucky will gladly take it. The No. 21 Wildcats improved to 14-3, 4-1 SEC, led by 22 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal off the bench from Wenyen Gabriel. Here’s your full, final box score:
Kentucky 70, Vanderbilt 66, 30.6 to go: Gilgeous-Alexander made 1 of 2 free throws, the Cats gave up a layup, UK turned it over on the inbounds play and fouled Riley LaChance on a 3-pointer — but he incredibly missed all three, continuing a trend of brutal misses for Vandy in key moments at the line today.
Kentucky 69, Vanderbilt 64, 54.1 to go: Wenyen Gabriel came flying in for a huge tip-in with 2:05 remaining and Hamidou Diallo buried a corner 3-pointer with 1:17 left to give the Wildcats a 69-61 lead. Commodores fans started flooding the exits — and didn’t even stop when Payton Willis hit a 3 of his own to give Vandy a chance with plenty of time left. Ouch.
Kentucky 64, Vanderbilt 59, 3:00 2H: After Knox completed the three-point play, the Commodores were somehow totally paralyzed by a sort of half-hearted press by the Wildcats and had to rush a deep 3 that missed. Then Knox delivered another bucket on the block and he’s up to 13 points and 4 rebounds.
Kentucky 61, Vanderbilt 59, 3:48 2H: The Commodores have only missed four free throws all day, but three have come down the stretch while trailing by a single point. Riley LaChance missed the front of a 1-and-1 and SGA sank a pair on the other end for a three-point UK lead (and 21 points for him) — before Joe Toye’s driving layup and free throw tied it 59-all with 5:01 to go. Kevin Knox then delivered a large bucket in the paint, plus a foul, and he has a free throw coming to extend this slim advantage for the Cats. Every night is going to be a nail-biter, seems like.
Kentucky 57, Vanderbilt 56, 6:19 2H: The Commodores had not led since it was 6-4 with 16:41 to go in the first half until Payton Willis’ driving layup to make it 56-55 Vandy with 7:58 remaining in the game. But the Wildcats answered with a lob from Gilgeous-Alexander to Washington. Now 19 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 turnovers for SGA. Washington has 10 points, 6 rebounds.
Vanderbilt is 4 of 9 from 3-point land in this half, while Kentucky is 2 for 7 for the entire game. Here’s your updated box score:
Kentucky 54, Vanderbilt 41, 11:07 2H: Make that 4 of 5 from three this half for the Commodores. Jeff Roberson has hit has last two and is 4 of 5 from the field since intermission. He’s up to 18 points, and the Wildcats might want to check him.
Kentucky 54, Vanderbilt 48, 11:45 2H: Gilgeous-Alexander has been such a stabilizing force for the Cats. Twice, the Commodores cut the lead from 9 points to 5, and both times SGA delivered driving layups. When the Commodores swished a corner 3-pointer with 12:38 to go to cut it to 50-48, Kentucky countered with a Gabriel bucket and Knox steal and slam. The Cats best beware, though, because after starting 1 of 11 from deep, Vanderbilt has hit 3 of 4 this half. Full box score so far:
Kentucky 45, Vanderbilt 38, 15:36 2H: Gilgeous-Alexander is getting what he wants (again). Opens the half with a lob to Killeya-Jones for a tomahawk slam, then another pure pull-up jumper and drive to draw another foul. He swished both free throws and already has 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. MVP, no doubt. SKJ continues to bring it with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in 11 minutes off the bench. John Calipari clearly trusting him more than Nick Richards right now in this game.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 36, Vanderbilt 27
In addition to a smooth Gilgeous-Alexander pull-up, slashing Diallo bucket and Killeya-Jones putback, the Cats closed the half with terrific defensive effort. On consecutive possessions, they forced a shot-clock violation — aided by SGA poking a ball into the backcourt — SKJ intercepted a pass to the paint and then he and Gabriel blocked consecutive shots.
Gabriel’s play was as good as he’ll ever make: backpedaling on the fast break, he managed not to foul his driving man, rather to jump with him, block the shot and then rifle the ball off the opponent and out of bounds. Both off the bench, Gabriel had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks in 13 minutes and Killeya-Jones had 2 points, 2 rebounds, a block and steal in 7 minutes.
(No, Jarred Vanderbilt has not played, and I don’t anticipate he will — which you heard here from the very beginning of the hysteria Saturday.)
Washington has 8 points and 3 boards and has been great at drawing fouls, earning four trips to the line in the half. SGA has a team-high 10 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists — and he’s played 19 of 20 minutes so far (after playing 39 of 40 against Texas A&M). Here’s the full box score so far:
Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 25, 4:00 1H: Vanderbilt is killing Kentucky on the offensive glass — rebounding 7 of its own misses already — but lucky for the Cats, the Commodores can’t hit the broad side of a barn today. They missed three straight chances at open 3-pointers on a single possession and are no 1 for 11 from beyond the arc and have only 3 second-chance points to show for all that rebounding.
Kevin Knox became the first Wildcat with two fouls at the 5:16 mark on a fairly questionable call. He appeared to block a 3-pointer, but a late whistle came as Matthew Fisher-Davis was landing. He hit all three to cut a 6-point UK lead to three. Riley LaChance’s driving layup with 4:25 cut it to two. Here’s the full box score so far:
Kentucky 22, Vanderbilt 16, 7:38 1H: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is still the Cats’ best player, in case you were wondering. A corner 3-pointer after Vandy cut the lead to three gives him 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists already. PJ Washington has 6 points (and is 3 of 4 at the line) — and most importantly, no one has two fouls still for Kentucky.
Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 11, 10:46 1H: I know a lot of teams have tried this and that it’s just kind of how the Commodores play, but jacking up 8 3-pointers (one made so far) is also the easiest way to help the shorthanded Cats not get in foul trouble. No one has two fouls yet for UK, which is big. Here’s the box score so far.
Kentucky 13, Vanderbilt 6, 12:43 1H: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to get to the rack any time he pleases, seemingly. Consecutive slick drives and finishes by him, then a 3-pointer from Washington (who is starting to take and make those), extended the Cats’ run to 11-0 as the Commodores started 1 for 10 shooting from the field.
Kentucky 6, Vanderbilt 6, 15:52 1H: Nick Richards has been the beneficiary of terrific post passes from both PJ Washington and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Cats quickly closed an early 6-2 deficit. The Commodores are just 1 for 5 shooting but 4 of 4 at the line. We’ll be monitoring foul trouble for shorthanded UK. Knox, Diallo and Washington all have one foul so far.
Jarred Vanderbilt (still in uniform shorts and long sleeve T-shirt) started to join Jemarl Baker on the bench, but he veered back onto the floor and is in the final pregame layup line. I'd still guess this is getting himself into the routine for his eventual return.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) January 13, 2018
Jarred Vanderbilt Watch: Everything I’ve heard from folks around the program pregame indicates Vanderbilt will NOT make his UK debut today, but there have been some positive signs. He usually comes out early and shoots for a while and then takes a seat when the rest of the guys start stretching and going through the actual team warm-up drills.
This time, he stretched and started out with the team for those drills — but when the big men started going through their specific pregame routine, he took a seat on the bench next to assistant coach Kenny Payne and did participate again over the final 10-15 minutes before the Cats headed to the locker room to get in uniform.
When the team came back out in uniform for the layup line, Vanderbilt was with them, wearing his uniform shorts and a long-sleeve T-shirt. This is definitely the most he’s participated in pregame activities.
It’s official: Green and Wynyard are OUT again.
Quade Green and Tai Wynyard are both out for today's game vs. Vanderbilt with back injuries.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 13, 2018
Quade Green Update: We’re told Quade Green (back strain) is definitely out today, not that there was much doubt after he didn’t practice all week and this scene (Green on the bench in sweats) while the rest of the team warms up here in Nashville. And there’s no sign of Tai Wynyard (back) in warm-ups either. That would leave the Wildcats with just seven scholarship players for the second straight game.
Team is warming up. Quade Green is not, and in sweats. Not that there's any doubt, but I'm told he's definitely out today. pic.twitter.com/rqK7w0Me8k
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) January 13, 2018
We’ll find out soon whether starting point guard Quade Green is playing against the Commodores, but it doesn’t look good. On the other end of the spectrum, everyone is freaking out over UK basketball’s Instagram story showing 5-star freshman Jarred Vanderbilt’s uniform hanging up in a locker here at Vandy.
My advice: R-E-L-A-X. I’m told it’s been hanging in a locker all season and he’s yet to put it on. Calipari also suggested after the Texas A&M game Tuesday that he’d like Vanderbilt’s UK debut to come at home so the Rupp Arena crowd can give him a jolt of confidence. The next home game is a week from now against Florida, with ESPN’s College GameDay in town.
It looks like it is possible Jarred Vanderbilt is going to suit up at Vanderbilt and I’m not there because of snow and ice….. I’m heated pic.twitter.com/0nfo2Lonf3
— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) January 13, 2018
Back in this weird little gym, which I actually find kind of endearing for all its oddities. pic.twitter.com/MHFt1DStU0
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) January 13, 2018
Kentucky-Vanderbilt game time, details
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
- Location: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316), Nashville, Tenn.
- Records: Kentucky 13-3, 3-1 SEC; Vanderbilt 6-10, 1-3 SEC
- Favorite: Kentucky by 3 1/2
What TV channel is Kentucky-Vanderbilt on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt on ESPN. Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale and Allison Williams will be on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Vanderbilt online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Vanderbilt on the radio?
Kentucky and Vanderbilt will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 191 and Sirius channel 138.
- Freshman forward PJ Washington has shot 63 percent and averaged 15.7 points over the last three games, with four blocks and five steals against just three turnovers. Calipari told him he’s in charge now after the Texas A&M game. “But I’m also having to teach him how he’s got to be on that basketball court all the time to really be the leader he needs to be,” Calipari said. “When you’re in there to jerk around or joke or grab, that brings practice down. Then I don’t need you to lead. All this stuff of ‘leaders are born,’ that’s a bunch of crap.”
- The Commodores are probably quite a bit better than their record indicates, but so far the schedule has been brutal. They played seven RPI top-100 teams in their nonconference gauntlet: No. 3 Virginia, No. 9 Seton Hall, at No. 27 Arizona State, No. 53 Southern California, No. 84 Kansas State and No. 84 Kansas State. Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, it won none of those.
- “It’s always a hard game for us. It’s always a tough game,” Calipari said of facing the Commodores on the road. “They play a wide-open court. They’ll shoot threes, they’re driving the ball. The big kid (Djery Baptiste) is playing well for them, so they have someone next to the goal. It’s a different team because they don’t have a five man shooting threes like they have in the past, which really made things hard. But they’re still a good team and in this building they play well.”
- Calipari is right that 7-foot-1 Luke Kornet, who made 150 3-pointers in four years at Vanderbilt, has finally left the building. But the Commodores still have some key pieces back from last season’s NCAA Tournament team: Jeff Roberson (14.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Matthew Fisher-Davis (12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Riley LaChance (43 percent 3-pointers).