UK vs. Vandy staff picks and poll



Take your pick for UK’s game against Vanderbilt on Saturday — and see what Kernel staff writers have to say about the game.

What’s your prediction for UK vs. Vandy?

Who is the most important Vandy player to slow down?Les Johns: UK 63, Vandy 61

It isn’t March yet, so Vandy will still be a threat. Although Vandy has strength both inside and on the perimeter, the Cats are playing their best basketball of the year. If they are going to lose in the conference season, this is the strongest possibility. I still say the Cats hold on, barely.

Sam Rothbauer: UK 76, Vandy 72

The Commodores have had similar competition with the Cats this into their schedules, and it will likely take longer for UK to break through the crowd noise at Memorial Gymnasium. UK’s “will to win” has the potential to overcome Vanderbilt’s conference success.

David Schuh: UK 74, Vandy 64

Memorial Gymnasium is always a challenging experience for UK. Vandy is a talented, experienced team that has just underachieved this season. But as we’ve become accustomed to thus far, this Cats team has been typically unfazed by road environments. The Commodores keep it within shouting distance, but no more.

Cody Porter: UK 73, Vandy 61

All right, Cats, I’ll take the bait. UK seems to have figured out how to play like a No. 1 team. If fans can give the Cats a homely feeling in Nashville then I believe talent and defense wins out again. Vanderbilt is going to need John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor and co. to shoot the three-ball above average for the Commodores to make it a competitive game.