Vanderbilt Basketball Takes On Kentucky Wildcats in SEC Tournament Quarterfinals
Vanderbilt basketball is on a roll as it faces another opportunity to take down the Kentucky Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
The game is scheduled to start at around 8:30 p.m.
CT on Friday at Bridgestone Arena, and the winner will go on to play the Arkansas-Texas A&M winner in the semifinals on Saturday.
The Commodores, who are seeded 6th in the tournament, beat LSU on Thursday to clinch their spot in the quarterfinals, while 3rd-seed Kentucky begins its conference tournament run.
The two teams split their two-game series during the regular season, with Vanderbilt pulling off a win at Rupp Arena last Wednesday.
For those who want to catch Friday’s game between Vanderbilt and Kentucky, there are a few options.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network, which is available on most cable and satellite TV packages.
Fans can also stream the game live on the network’s website or through its mobile app.
While the Commodores have had a decent season so far, their record is not quite as impressive as that of the Wildcats.
Vanderbilt sits at 21-10 on the year, with a 9-9 record in the SEC, while Kentucky is 24-7 overall and finished second in the conference with a 14-4 mark.
Despite the disparity in records, however, Vanderbilt has reason to feel confident heading into Friday’s matchup.
In addition to beating Kentucky earlier this month, the Commodores have been playing their best basketball of the season as of late, winning five of their last seven games overall.
In particular, the Commodores have been led by the strong play of junior guard Saben Lee, who has been on fire in recent weeks.
Lee is averaging 18.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game this season, and he put up 15 points and eight assists in Thursday’s win over LSU.
Of course, Kentucky is never an easy opponent to beat, especially in tournament play.
The Wildcats have a talented roster that includes top NBA prospect Tyrese Maxey, as well as guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley.
In order to pull off the upset on Friday, Vanderbilt will need to bring its A-game and execute well on both ends of the court.
The Commodores will also need to get contributions from other players besides Lee, such as fellow guards Scotty Pippen Jr. and Maxwell Evans, and forwards Dylan Disu and Ejike Obinna.
Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the Commodores are confident that they can rise to the occasion and punch their ticket to the SEC Tournament semifinals.
With momentum on their side, Vanderbilt could be a team to watch as March Madness kicks into gear in the coming weeks.