No. 2/2 Kentucky 58, No. 17/19 Vanderbilt 56 February 20, 2010 • Memorial Gym – Nashville, Tenn. Attendance: 14,316
Starting Lineups • Vanderbilt started senior Jermaine Beal, sophomores Brad Tinsley and Jeffery Taylor at guard … sophomore Andre Walker started at forward and junior A.J. Ogilvy started at center … It was the 20th time this season Vanderbilt has used this lineup … The Commodores are 15-5 with this starting lineup. • Taylor made his 57th consecutive start and has started every game of his career … Tinsley made the 54th start of his career and 37th in a row, starting every game since Jan. 31, 2009 at Auburn … After having his streak of 70-straight starts snapped against Western Kentucky on Dec. 11, Beal made the 91st of his career … Ogilvy started for the 14th game in a row after not starting the previous four games … Ogilvy made his 21st start of the season and 82nd of his career. The Sydney, Australia native has started in 82 of his 89 career games … Walker made the 25th start of his career.
Postgame Notes • Vanderbilt fell to 20-6, 9-3 SEC on the season, while Kentucky improved to 26-1, 11-1 SEC … Vanderbilt had its 18-game home winning streak come to a close with the loss … Vanderbilt had won all 13 previous home games this season. • The 2009-10 season is the 110th in Vanderbilt’s history. • Today’s meeting was the 176th all-time between Vanderbilt and Kentucky … Kentucky leads the all-time series 133-43 … Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 85-72 in Lexington on Jan. 30, 2010 … Vanderbilt had its four-game home winning streak over Kentucky come to a close … Until today, Vanderbilt’s last loss at home against Kentucky was a 84-70 setback in 2005 … The four-game home win streak by Vanderbilt was its longest in school history. • Kentucky leads the all-time series at Memorial Gym 49-24 … Kevin Stallings is 8-15 all-time and 6-5 at Memorial Gym against Kentucky. • With Steve Tchiengang’s three-pointer with 8:58 remaining in the first half, Vanderbilt extended its consecutive games streak with at least one three-pointer made to 755 … VU is one of only three schools (UNLV and Princeton) that have made at least one three-pointer in every game played since the three-point line was established for the 1986-87 season … Only UNLV (763) has a longer streak than Vanderbilt. • The last time Vanderbilt played a team ranked as high as No. 2 nationally at home was on Feb. 26, 2008 when the Commodores defeated No. 1 Tennessee at Memorial Gym. • Since Head Coach Kevin Stallings came to Vanderbilt in 2000, the Commodores are 6-6 all-time against top-10 teams at Memorial Gym … Vanderbilt had won two straight at home against top-10 opponents … Vanderbilt beat No. 1 Tennessee in 2008 and No. 1 Florida in 2007. • Vanderbilt is 26-47 against ranked opponents in the Stallings era and 81-201 all time against ranked opponents … Vanderbilt is 2-2 against ranked opponents this season with both wins coming against Tennessee and both losses coming to Kentucky. • Vanderbilt entered the game averaging a league-best 31.5 (346 attempts) free-throw attempts per game in SEC play, but attempted just 25 Saturday, making 18 of them … Kentucky made 17-of-30 three-pointers. • Vanderbilt finished with three blocks, giving Vanderbilt 143 blocks on the season … Vanderbilt has already set a school record for most blocks in the season, topping the previous best of 137 set last year. • Today’s crowd of 14,316 was the fifth straight home sellout of the season. • Vanderbilt is now 7-4 overall and 5-1 at home when trailing at the half. • Vanderbilt shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the floor compared to 35.8 percent (19-of-53) by Kentucky … This is the first game Vanderbilt has been outshot by its opponent at home this season. • Vanderbilt has outshot its opponents in all but six games this season … In those six games, Vanderbilt lost five times … The only game it won when being outshot was at Alabama … The only games it lost when it outshot its opponent was at Kentucky. • Vanderbilt shot 10.0 percent (2-of-20) from three compared to 18.8 percent by Kentucky (3-of-16) … Both teams made just one three-pointer a piece in the second half … Kentucky started the game 2-of-2 from three-point range and then made 1 of its final 14 … VU made 1-of-10 three-point attempts in each half. • VU’s three-point field goal percentage was its lowest of the last two seasons … The Commodores made just 12.5 percent of their three-pointers three times last season. • VU’s two three-pointers were a season low, topping the three three-pointers hit against DePaul. • The 56 points scored by Vanderbilt were a season low … Its previous low was 58 against Cincinnati and at Georgia … The last time VU scored that few of points was a 69-50 loss at Tennessee on Feb. 14, 2009. • The 58 points scored by Kentucky were also a season low, topping the 62 points scored in a loss at South Carolina. • Vanderbilt is now 12-2 when it makes fewer three-pointers than its opponent … Both of those losses came against Kentucky. • The loss was Vanderbilt’s first of the season when it led with five minutes to play … The Commodores are now 18-1 when leading with five minutes to play. • Vanderbilt has had more free throw attempts than its opponent in 19-of-26 games … Vanderbilt is now 3-4 when it doesn’t shoot more free throws than its opponent. • Vanderbilt is 3-1 in games decided by three points or less • Vanderbilt is now 3-5 when it scores less than 70 points • Vanderbilt outrebounded Kentucky 40-36 … It was the first loss of the season by VU when outrebounding its opponent … VU is now 12-1 when it wins the rebounding margin.
First Half Notes –Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 25 • Kentucky opened the game by hitting its first two three-point attempts to jump out to an 8-4 lead with 16:47 to play. • Kentucky would extend its lead to six, 12-6, with 14:50 to play. • Trailing 16-10, Vanderbilt scored eight straight points to take an 18-16 lead in the game … It was Vanderbilt’s second lead of the game and first since leading 2-0. • Vanderbilt began the game just 1-of-7 from three-point range, while Kentucky started 2-of-7 after hitting its first two attempts. • With the game tied at 22 with 2:53 to play a free throw by John Wall led to five consecutive points by Kentucky, giving the Wildcats a 27-22 lead with 2:02 to play. • Jeffery Taylor hit three of four free-throw attempts down the stretch to pull Vanderbilt within, two, 27-25 at half. • The 25 first-half points by Vanderbilt were the second fewest points it has scored this season … The low is 24 points scored against Cincinnati on Nov. 23, 2009. • Vanderbilt shot a season-low 29.0 percent in the first half (9-of-31) … Its previous low came in the team’s last home game when it show 29.6 percent against LSU. • Kentucky shot 40.0 percent from the floor (10-of-25) • Vanderbilt made 1-of-10 three-point attempts (10.0 percent), while Kentucky made 2-of-10 attempts (20.0 percent) after making its first two. • Vanderbilt made 6-of-8 free-throw attempts, while Kentucky made 5-of-10 attempts. • It is the fifth time Vanderbilt has trailed at the half at home this season, including the second straight home game … VU trailed 29-28 at the half against LSU. • Jeffery Taylor led Vanderbilt at half with nine points. • DeMarcus Cousins led Kentucky with 10 points at the half. • Ties: 4 • Lead changes: 3 • Largest lead: VU – 2, 5:55; UK – 6, 11:55 • VU outrebounded UK 22-16
Second Half Notes • The first three minutes of the second half produced three ties. • Jermaine Beal misfired on two three-point attempts in the first four minutes of the half and was 0-of-5 from three following a miss with 16:33 to play. • A basket by Jeffery Taylor gave Vanderbilt a 33-31 lead with 16:08 to play … It was Vanderbilt’s first lead since leading 20-18 with 5:55 to play in the first half. • A free throw by A.J. Ogilvy with 15:01 to play gave VU a 34-31 lead, the three point lead was its largest of the game. • With Vanderbilt leading by three, Kentucky scored five straight points to retake the lead, 36-34, with 12:38 to play. • A foul by Festus Ezeli at the 12:50 mark of the half was his fourth of the game … Steve Tchiengang picked up his third foul with 12:57 to play, while A.J. Ogilvy got his third foul with 13:44 to play. • A three-point play by A.J. Ogilvy gave VU a 37-36 lead with 12:21 to play … Ogilvy was fouled by DeMarcus Cousins, who picked up his fourth foul of the game. • At the 10:37 mark of the second half, Vanderbilt was shooting just 29.5 percent from the floor, while Kentucky was at 39.5 percent. • Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins made two free throws to give Kentucky a 40-39 lead with 10:11 to play … Cousins got to the line when A.J. Ogilvy committed his fourth foul. • Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins picked up his fourth foul with 9:55 to play … At the time, he led Kentucky with 16 points. • Through the first 12 minutes of the second half, both teams were a combined 0-for-7 from three-point range in the half. • VU’s Steve Tchiengang earned his fourth foul with 7:22 to play. • Two free throws by Kentucky Eric Bledsoe gave UK a 45-44 lead with 7:22 to play … It was the ninth lead change of the game. • Two free throws by Jeffery Taylor with 6:08 to play gave VU a 49-45 lead, its largest of the game. • Vanderbilt’s Festus Ezeli fouled out with 5:56 to play. • Vanderbilt’s Steve Tchiengang fouled out with 5:27 to play. • A three-pointer by Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson with 3:55 to play was the first three of the half by either team … The three-pointer gave Kentucky a 7-0 run and a 52-49 lead in the game. • A free throw by Kentucky DeMarucs Cousins extended UK’s run to 8-0 and its lead to four, 53-49, with 2:57 to play. • With Vanderbilt trailing by four, 53-49, with 1:55 to play, the Commodores scored four points in a row to even the score with 1:05 to play. • With the game tied, Kentucky’s John Wall made a layup after a near Vanderbilt steal in the paint to push Kentucky ahead, 55-53, with 39.1 to play. • UK’s John Wall extended the Wildcats’ lead to four, 57-53, following a pair of free throws with 19.9 to play. • A three-pointer by Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins pulled the Commodores within one, 57-56, with 12.6 to play. • With 11 seconds to play and Vanderbilt leading by one, UK’s Eric Bledsoe missed a pair of free throws. • On VU’s ensuing possession John Jenkins had his three-pointer blocked by John Wall with 3 seconds to play. • With 2.5 to play, UK’s John Wall was fouled, where he made his second of two free throws to give Kentucky a two point lead. • Vanderbilt had a shot to tie the game as the horn sounded as A.J. Ogilvy caught an inbounds pass from Darshawn McClellan at the three-point line and missed a floater in the lane. • Ties: 5 • Lead changes: 7 • Largest lead: VU – 4, 6:08 in 2nd half; UK – 4, 0:19.9 • Vanderbilt shot 34.6 percent from the floor (9-of-26) in the half. • Kentucky shot 32.1 percent from the floor (9-of-28) in the half.
Individual Notes • With the loss, Head Coach Kevin Stallings is now 209-134 at Vanderbilt … He is second in school history in career wins and trails only Roy Skinner (278 wins) … With the team’s win against Manhattan on Dec. 30, Stallings moved into second place among all-time wins leaders at Vanderbilt, surpassing Bob Polk’s 197 wins. • Jeffery Taylor scored 17 points to reach double figures in scoring for the 21st time this season and 42nd time in his career … He has now scored in double figures in four straight games … Vanderbilt is now 16-5 this season when Taylor scores in double figures. • For the second game in a row Steve Tchiengang set a new career high in rebounds … After grabbing seven at Ole Miss, Tchiengang had a career-best 8 against Kentucky. • Brad Tinsley tied a career and season high with six rebounds. • A.J Ogilvy scored nine points and now has 1,382 points, which remains 16th in school history … Ogilvy trails Kevin Anglin (1,389) for 15th in school history. • Despite scoring nine points Ogilvy has still scored in double figures in 77 of 89 career games … Ogilvy has not scored in doubles figures in six games this season … When Ogilvy does not score double figures, Vanderbilt is 2-4 and has lost four straight games. • Jermaine Beal scored 6 points and now has 1,146 in his career, which ranks 30th in school history … Beal passed Babe Taylor (1,144) and now trails Brett Burrow (1,149) for 29th … Against Auburn on Jan. 23 Beal became the 40th player in school history to reach 1,000 points in his career …. It was the fourth time all season that Beal has failed to reach double figures … Beal had a streak of 13 games in a row of scoring in double figures. • Beal went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc and had his streak of at least one three-pointer made in 18 straight games come to an end … The last time he didn’t hit a three was against DePaul on Dec. 5. • Beal finished the game with two assists and ranks seventh in school history with 392 career assists … Drew Maddux (1994-98) is sixth in school history with 394 assists.