Kentucky 86, Vanderbilt 75
Kentucky is now 11-7 overall, 4-2 in the SEC Eastern Division
Vanderbilt is now 13-6, 3-4 in the SEC
UK wins its 16th straight game against Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has never defeated UK in Rupp Arena.
UK wins its seventh straight home game. UK is now 324-36 all-time in Rupp Arena, with a winning percentage of exactly 90 percent.
This was a game of big runs by both teams:
- Trailing 16-8, UK goes on a 22-3 run for a 30-19 lead
- UK opens the second half with a 15-2 run for a 49-29 lead, UK's largest lead of the game
- Trailing 56-37, VU goes on a 19-2 run to cut the lead to 58-56
- UK comes back with a 16-4 run, going ahead 74-60 and is never seriously threatened after that
Saul Smith had a career-high 18 points. He also had two assists, giving him 303 in his career, moving into sole possession of 11th place on the UK career assist list.
Marquis Estill tied his career high with 19 points. He also had 19 points earlier this season at North Carolina. Estill also had career highs with nine FTM, 11 FTA, and two steals.
J. P. Blevins tied his career high for rebounds with four.