NCAA Men’s Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/05/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Nov 25, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari yells to his team in the second half of the game against Morehead State at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports


The Kentucky Wildcats will hope to build on their 2-0 SEC record when they face off against the Vanderbilt Commodores in their next matchup. The Wildcats just ended a 6-game losing streak in non-conference games with a win over Mississippi State.

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Unlike Kentucky, the Commodores actually have a positive record this season. While the Kentucky Wildcats are still 2-6 on the season, the Commodores are 4-3.

However, the Commodores are coming off a massive loss at the hands of the Florida Gators in their last game. This will be their first game of 2021.

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The Wildcats were ranked in the AP Poll to start the season, but are way behind the mark to even be team #25. The Commodores are a relatively quiet team but are having a solid season.

Can this solid season lead them to beat the faltering powerhouse in Kentucky?

Kentucky Wildcats: Can they move past the Commodores?

Despite the shaky start to the season, the Kentucky Wildcats definitely seem to be finding their rhythm. Conference play is what matters, and the only 2 games they have won have come in their conference clashes thus far.

John Calipari has run a very good offensive system in Kentucky for years, and the free-shooting team is finally getting some results.

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Dec 30, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard D.J. Harvey (5) scores past Florida Gators forward Anthony Duruji (4) during the first half at Memorial Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Commodores are led by the son of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. However, Pippen Jr. is not just a big name. He is a fantastic player, but the team needs to come together for solutions after their defensive performance against the Gators.

The Wildcats will start the game with Brandon Boston Jr., Davion Mintz, Devin Askew, Olivier Sarr, and Isaiah Jackson. Meanwhile, the Commodores starting lineup will have Scottie Pippen Jr., Dylan Disu, Tyrin Lawrence, Maxwell Evans, and Quentin Milora.

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The Wildcats will be going 3-0 in SEC play for our prediction. The strength of the team will now shine through because of how the players have built chemistry and seem to be connecting on the floor now.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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