Kentucky, um, managed to lose against the Vanderbilt Commodores tonight... At home. ON SENIOR NIGHT!! A team they managed to beat on the road just barely a month and a half ago, by sixteen points... Oh, and fresh off of defeating Auburn by nearly thirty points just four days ago. Pretty head scratching if you ask me. Is that fair to say?
At this point of the season I've come to accept what happens and keep myself moving on, just telling myself that I'm not going to let tonight's performance take away from the way this team managed to finish the month of February, finding their groove and playing their way into the NCAA Tournament seeding committee's standards. They've went on a great run recently and to let tonight discredit that, I just don't feel like going back there again. As of now, they currently sit at 20-10 (11-6 SEC) overall and find themselves with a spoiled Senior Night around the rainy streets of Lexington.
FINAL: Vanderbilt 68, #23 Kentucky 66
Oscar Tshiebwe finished his last (unofficially) game inside the home of Kentucky Basketball with 21 points and 20 rebounds, leaving the arena in record fashion, despite the loss. He was followed up with grad-transfer Antonio Reeves' 14 points, alongside Chris Livingston's 8.
I don't have too much to say about this performance other than that it hurt tremendously losing Cason Wallace in the beginning of the second half. Other than that, I'm putting this game behind me and looking to what's to come. This Saturday, they travel down to Arkansas to a hostile environment that we can only hope to win in. I'd expect the bettors are likely putting their hands on the Razorbacks to take home the victory in Fayetteville. I think that either way, it is what it is and Kentucky will be fine since they already have their spots secured for the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Back-to-back losses before the postseason would definitely stink, but I'm completely on board at this point of, let's focus on the games that actually matter from here on out since we know our postseason hopes are still alive. The rest can just get forgotten inside the stat sheets of history.