Vanderbilt scores huge upset win over Kentucky

SONG SELECTION:

Florence and the Machine, “Ship To Wreck”
From their June 2, 2015 release How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Found on the Republic Records label

Kevin Stallings knew fully well going into their huge matchup with Kentucky that the Commodores chances of earning a quality win to possibly earn a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Consider it (mostly) done after Vanderbilt’s 74-62 hard fought victory over Kentucky in front of a nationally televised audience watching on CBS.

With the win, they should be off my proverbial microscope and into the Big Dance–as long as they beat Tennessee this coming week and win at least two games in the SEC conference tournament.  This win is huge in many respects, among them:

  • The Commodores (18-11 overall, 10-6 in SEC play) have won six of their last eight contests.
  • With two games to go in the regular season, they leapfrogged past LSU to third place.
  • Vanderbilt is one game back of both Kentucky and South Carolina, who lost earlier in the day on the road at Mississippi State 68-58.

Other upsets of note throughout the country

Purdue won a slugfest at Mackey Arena over Maryland 83-79 holding Melo Trimble to 19 points on the afternoon.

Utah upended Arizona 70-64 in Salt Lake City, as the Wildcats begin what most experts think should be their usual late season swoon.

Florida State tripped up Notre Dame in Tallahassee, roaring out to a 46-30 halftime lead and never looking back winning big by a 77-56 count.

But the bigger upset was in Austin, Texas as Shaka Smart’s Longhorns scored the game’s last 22 points in succession to break open a close contest with Oklahoma.  Trailing 40-37 at halftime, the game was nip-and-tuck even though Buddy Hield still managed to score 33 points to lead all scorers–but only managed to light up the Horns defense for only 10 in the entire second half.  The final score ended up being 76-63, as Texas is now one win away from the magic 20 win plateau.

Finally, Virginia was simply too much inside for North Carolina to overcome in a 79-73 hard fought win.  The Cavaliers are only one game back of both the Tar Heels and Florida State with two games left to play before the ACC Tournament.

But Kansas brought some semblance of order as they claimed a share of their 12th consecutive regular season Big 12 Conference title–an impressive feat in any era, college or professional.

More updates to come as updates present themselves.  Please have yourself a great night and thanks again for reading.

 

 

 

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