UK Falls to Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament - WDRB 41 Louisville News

UK Falls to Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament

Posted: Updated: March 15, 2013 11:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dai-Jon Parker scored 12 points, and the Vanderbilt Commodores beat Kentucky 64-48 Friday night in a rematch of last year's Southeastern Conference tournament championship and put a serious dent in the Wildcats' hopes of at least having a chance to defend their national title.

Kentucky (21-11) came in as a bubble team projected possibly as a play-in candidate after coach John Calipari sent six players to the NBA last summer and tried reloading yet again with another top recruiting class. But Nerlens Noel had surgery earlier this week to fix his torn ACL, and the Wildcats couldn't match the intensity of the Commodores.

Kevin Bright scored 11 points, Kedren Johnson and Kyle Fuller had 10 apiece. Vanderbilt (16-16) shot 50 percent overall, hitting 8 of 17 3-pointers.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky with 12 points, and Kyle Wiltjer had 10. Ryan Harrow was 2 of 15 for four points and was in tears afterwards saying it was all his fault.

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