Willie Cauley-Stein rocked back-and-forth. Julius Mays incessantly rubbed his thighs. Ryan Harrow buried his head in a towel as tears welled up in his eyes. The scene in the Kentucky Wildcats locker room was a mixture of nervousness and devastation for a team that no longer would decide its own post-season fate.
A team that had defeated two presumed NCAA tourney-bound teams in its last five games now had suddenly lost yet another game to a team with more losses than wins.
Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari gave credit to Vanderbilt and head coach Kevin Stallings for winning six of their last seven.
“They’re playing great right now, and it was us laying an egg,” Calipari said. “Vanderbilt is playing great basketball right now.”