Wildcat defense rare treat as UK defeats Vanderbilt
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 15, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just when I wishing I could send Coach Tubby Smith to the NBA with a swift kick to his rear, his Kentucky Wildcats came up with a defensive performance for the ages Tuesday night in a 74-52 dismantling of the homestanding Vanderbilt Commodores.
This is the same Vandy team that came into the game off a 70-69 upset of No. 4-ranked Alabama on Saturday.
It’s a Vanderbilt team that threw in a slew of three-points in racing to a 25-11 lead on the Wildcats in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday’s game.
When had we seen this before? … A Kentucky opponent bombs away from three-point land and seemingly drains the will of the Wildcats?
“It was the kind of situation,” Tubby Smith said, “where you’re reading about them doing a number on the No. 4 team in the country, Alabama, and in the back of your mind, you’re wondering, ‘Are these guys THAT good?’
“And before you know it, you’re down before you can catch your wind. And then it’s like, ‘Boy, I have to get off the canvas.’ Our kids got up and said, we’re better than this and we need to play smarter and harder.”
For more on this story, see today’s State Journal.