February 11, 2011

Previewing Kentucky at Vanderbilt

What: Kentucky Wildcats (17-6, 5-4) at Vanderbilt Commodores (17-6, 5-4)

Where: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316), Nashville, Tenn.

When: Noon CST, Saturday


Radio: Nashville: 97.1 FM

Rankings: VU is 23rd in the AP rankings and 24th in ESPN's, and UK is 18th in both

Warren Nolan RPI: Vandy 18, Kentucky 10

The line: Vanderbilt by 1

Sagarin prediction: Kentucky by 1

Pomeroy prediction: Kentucky 74, Vanderbilt 72 (VU has a 42 percent chance of victory)

Series record: Kentucky leads 133-43, and has won the last two meetings. UK won in Nashville last season, snapping a five-game home winning streak for VU in the series.

PlayerHt.Wt.Cl.PPGRPG Pos.PlayerHt.Wt.Cl.PPGRPG
Brad Tinsley6-3210Jr.10.74.1 PG Brandon Knight6-3185Fr.17.34.1
John Jenkins6-4215So.19.23.3 SG DeAndre Liggins6-6210Jr.8.83.8
Jeffery Taylor6-7225Jr.15.15.3 SF Darius Miller6-7228Jr.9.84.8
Lance Goulbourne6-8230Jr.7.67.3 PF Terrence Jones6-8244Fr.17.69.0
Festus Ezeli6-11255Jr.12.76.1 C Josh Harrellson6-10275Sr.6.38.7


Vanderbilt got itself above .500 for the first time all year in Southeastern Conference play by defeating league-leading Alabama by an 81-77 score on Saturday. Now, the Commodores need a win against Eastern Division rival Kentucky if it wants to entertain any shot at a conference title.

The visiting Wildcats, also 5-4 in league play, find themselves in the same position. UK lost consecutive road games at Ole Miss and Florida, before recovering to beat Tennessee, 73-61, in Knoxville on Feb. 8.

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