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Memorial Magic Null And Void For Vandy, Defeated by Kentucky 69-63
February 12, 2012KentuckySports.co
Written By: Danielle Chilton (KentuckySports.co)
Well, it's been a week of tests for the Cats and they responded Tuesday with a strong result at home against and 7th ranked Florida, as well as tonight against a tough, yet unranked, Vanderbilt team at home at an always tricky Memorial Colosseum. The Cats dominated the first half (although it didn't really feel like it) and toughed out a close second half to get the W at the end. I could go on and on about the numbers and how awesome Anthony Davis is (did you love how Dick Vitale would not shut up about Anthony Davis as player of the year? I'm not complaining because it's awesome, but I don't need to talk about his domination of the paint offensively or defensively in this post because you're an idiot if you don't know it yet), but I'm going to point out my three highlights of this game:
1. TERRENCE JONES IN #BEASTMODE: Nobody had a double-double tonight for any team, but we had some players come close, and one of them was Terrence Jones. He had a great game. This was another game where he looked focused and it showed in his stats--14 pts, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, and zero turnovers. Those are amazing stats. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if Terrence Jones is having a good game, there's not a team in the country that can beat Kentucky. Kentucky has proven to be able to beat teams without him, but it sure does help to have him fully in the game. Tonight was yet another example.
2. MARQUIS TEAGUE: I am going to keep singing this kid's praises. On the surface, he's no John Wall, Brandon Knight, or Derrick Rose, but his stat lines are amazing. Tonight he had 143 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and only one turnover. An 8-1 assist to turnover ratio? I'll take it. Apart from Brad Tinsley's late-game heat wave from the outside at the end of the game, Teague made him look like a beginner. This is a very good sign heading into the late stages of the season. Kentucky needs him to develop just like this. Keep an eye on him because I predict that you will like what you see. Cal knows point guards.
3. FOUL TROUBLE: That could have been really bad. Darius Miller with four fouls? Oy vey. I was nervous. They didn't lose the game on this, but they will learn from it, and I think this a less that will prove incredibly important in March. Don't think Cal isn't lecturing them on this as we speak.
4. OK, FINE... ANTHONY DAVIS IS PRETTY AWESOME: 7 blocks. That's all I'm going to say.
This win feels great. A lot of people picked Vanderbilt to upset #1 Kentucky tonight, and I can see why, but this young team continually proves everyone wrong. It's great to watch. Can you think of any team that's going to beat a team that plays this hard? I'm listening.