Conference play didn’t start on the right note for Kentucky, especially after losing to unranked Alabama on the road. However, the Wildcats responded nicely with an 11-point victory over Texas A&M.
Even though John Calipari was upset with the Wildcats’ performance in the second half against the Aggies, there were several takeaways from that game. For starters, the offense continues to show that it can keep pace with any program in the country.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the biggest flaw on this team showed up once again. With Kentucky constantly struggling to defend teams from the three-point line, it’ll be interesting to see if this issue gets resolved.
Kentucky will have the chance to diminish its struggles on defense this weekend, when it hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
The Commodores aren’t the most explosive team on offense, but the duo of Matt Ryan and Joe Toye are outstanding from beyond the arc. As a team, the Commodores are shooting a combined 33.7 percent from downtown.
Vanderbilt hasn’t won a game during its conference schedule yet, and it appears that trend may continue.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index match-up predictor, Kentucky has an 88 percent chance of winning the game.
Overall, the trio of Reid Travis, PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson should overwhelm Vanderbilt’s defense.
The No. 18 Wildcats would most likely climb up the polls with two wins this week.