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Well, it was most definitely not pretty, but Kentucky escapes Memorial Gymnasium with a hard fought 71-62 win over Vanderbilt.
Considering where this game was played, it's a good road win and starts Kentucky's conference play with a 2-0 record.
The bright spots in the game was the play of Willie Cauley-Stein who scored a team high 15pts to go along with 8 boards. The Harrison Twins scored a combined 24 points and managed to dish out 6 assist with only one turnover between them both, not bad for their first SEC road game in a hostile environment.
You can't talk about this game without talking about the play of Jarrod Polson in the first half. Jarrod came in, played hard defense and sank two straight threes that gave the Cats it's largest lead in the first half at ten. There was also a Derek Willis sighting tonight as the seldom used freshman came in and played some quality minutes and showed his ability to feed the post pretty effectively, something that garnered a couple of John Calipari high-fives when Willis came back to the bench.
With so many guys getting playing time in this game, one has to wonder what Marcus Lee has to do to get into the game. I'm not sure if he is in the doghouse or if John Calipari just don't think he can contribute right now.
*****Also worth noting is the fact that Julius Randle only scored six points for the game (had 11 rebounds as well), but was hampered in the second half once again with leg cramps that sent him back to the locker room for treatment. That is something to pay attention to going forward and see how it affects his game.*****