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Kentucky Topped by Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament

The Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari lose to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC men’s basketball Tournament quarterfinals in Nashville.

When asked earlier this season if he saw a correlation between his best games and his team playing well, deflected the question and said it was a team game. However, the numbers tell a bit of a different story.

Seven times during the regular season, Toppin recorded a double-double in points and rebounds. And won all seven of those games.

On Friday night, in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Toppin did it again. However, the Cats were not able to win on this occasion, falling to 80-73 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Toppin had 21 points and 11 rebounds and he had plenty of support. had 22 points before fouling out and had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Vanderbilt's shooting, both from long-range and from the free throw line, was the difference in this game. The ‘Dores made 10 of 25 from three-point land, and made 18 of 20 at the free throw line. Kentucky made 6 of 25 from deep and just 11 of 20 at the charity stripe.

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

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