Make it two in a row for the surging Kentucky Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 SEC), who smoked Vanderbilt, 76-57, at Rupp Arena on Saturday evening.
Two days after blowing by Arkansas on the road, the ‘Cats held a wire-to-wire lead, draining the life out of a Commodores squad that couldn’t find its shooting touch (32 percent from the field).
The turning point: With Kentucky protecting a 15-point lead and a little fewer than 10 minutes remaining, freshman guard Jamal Murray completed a beautiful “and-one” lay-in, then drained a three-pointer on the following possession.
MVP: Murray. Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis had another great all-around performance, but Murray (18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists) drowned Vanderbilt in the second half.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis, Alex Poythress
Off the bench: Marcus Lee, Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews
Cleaning up the glass: Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, with Poythress (8-for-10) and Ulis (9-for-13) leading the way … Labissiere played just two minutes of non-garbage time … The Kentucky cheerleading squad was honored before the game for their 21st national championship.
What’s next: Wed., Jan. 27 vs. Missouri (9 p.m. ET, SEC Network)