Congrats to the Vanderbilt Commodores, who won their first SEC Tournament since 1951. Vandy played a really good game yesterday and, when Kentucky couldn’t hit shots down the stretch, won the game going away in the final minute. The Dores should be very proud of their team, who has historically been awful in the SEC Tourney under Kevin Stallings.
Vanderbilt had a considerably easier path to the title game than Kentucky did, thanks to Mississippi State totally imploding to put UGA in the second round game, and then UT somehow folding against Ole Miss. Kentucky didn’t look like the same team that ran roughshod over the league the entire tournament, but we have to hope that the Cats learned something from the experience. One thing that Vanderbilt did to defensively very well was keep Kentucky from getting points in the paint in the last eight minutes of the ball game, using a zone that Kentucky either wouldn’t or couldn’t solve.
Well done, Commies, and best of luck in the Snooty Bowl against Harvard on Thursday.