Saturday , Jan , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Vandy seeks second straight upset

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – The 25th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are quietly
having an outstanding season, and they will attempt to add another SEC win to
their impressive record as they host the Vanderbilt Commodores this

Vandy is undoubtedly riding an emotional high after it pounded national
powerhouse Alabama on Wednesday by a 94-73 final. The Commodores are now 12-6
overall, and while they are an inconsistent 2-2 in league play, the romp over
the Tide served notice to the SEC that this team is a threat every time it
takes the floor.

Kentucky is once again one of the top teams in the nation, as it has won 11
consecutive outings to improve to 15-3 overall. The Wildcats are a perfect
10-0 at home, and they moved to 4-0 in league games in an 87-49 romp over
South Carolina earlier this week.

Kentucky owns a 129-39 advantage in the all-time series with Vanderbilt, but
the Commodores won the most recent meeting last season, 84-81.

Vanderbilt connected on 21-of-31 field goal attempts in the first half against
Alabama, including a 9-of-15 effort from three-point range, and the squad
earned a 54-37 lead by intermission. Over the final 20 minutes, the Commodores
limited the Tide to 30 percent shooting from the floor, crushing any hope they
had of mounting a comeback. Vandy finished with 27 assists against only 11
turnovers, and that positive differential easily helped the club overcome a
42-31 rebounding deficit. All five starters reached double figures in scoring
in the win, and Shan Foster led the way with 27 points. Derrick Byars tallied
15 points, Ross Neltner had 14 points, and both Dan Cage and Alex Gordon
contributed 12 points. Foster averages 15.4 ppg to pace the Commodores, and
Byars is close behind with 15.1 ppg. Cage (11.5 ppg) and Neltner (10.9) add
balance to the lineup for Vandy, which is scoring 79.5 ppg while surrendering
69.7 ppg.

Heading into the game against South Carolina on Tuesday, Randolph Morris was
averaging 16.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg to lead Kentucky, and he was shooting 60 percent
from the floor. Morris was also tops in blocks with 37, while Joe Crawford
(13.6 ppg) and Ramel Bradley (13.4 ppg) entered the tilt with solid scoring
averages. Against the Gamecocks, Crawford reached his career high with 23
points on 9-of-12 shooting from he field. Morris totaled 17 points and 11
boards, and Bradley posted 15 points and six assists. Jodie Meeks tallied 12
points for the Wildcats, who shot 62.5 percent from the floor, including a 10-
of-20 effort from three-point range. At the defensive end, they managed to hold
the Gamecocks to 26.8 percent shooting from the field. A 38-28 rebounding
advantage also helped the cause.