SEC Tournament Round 3 Preview: No. 10 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Kentucky
The third game of the third round of the SEC tournament will be between the No. 2 seeded Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 10 seeded Vanderbilt Commodores. This will be a game between two teams who lost all of their starters to graduation or the NBA draft last year.
Vanderbilt ‘s win over the Arkansas Razorbacks was one of their best wins of the season. Kevin Stallings may have one of the youngest teams in the conference, but he’s taking them to places that they shouldn’t have gone. Rod Odom played extremely well, expect him to be a major factor in how well the Commodores succeed against the Wildcats. This should be the Commodores last game, but this was a great season for a team that didn’t return half of the talent level that they had last season.
Kentucky is on a roll, despite having lost Nerlens Noel to an ACL tear. John Calipari’s Wildcats look like they are perfectly capable of winning the SEC tournament. Their marquee wins have come off of games without Noel, and they won’t have Noel to finish the season. Kentucky missed out on winning the SEC tournament last year, but this group of freshmen can win it as long as they play up to their talent level.
You would expect the Commodores to be playing with a home court advantage since the game will be in Nashville, but no team travels like Big Blue Nation. This might as well be a home game for the Wildcats, expect Kentucky to win pretty easily.