Kentucky Vs. Vanderbilt, SEC Championship 2012 Final Score: Commodores Upset Wildcats For Conference Title

The second half of Sunday's 2012 SEC Tournament championship game lived up to the exciting first half that preceded it. The Kentucky Wildcats led 62-55 with five minutes to go, but only scored two points the rest of the way. The Vanderbilt Commodores reasserted themselves on the boards and took advantage of their free throw opportunities late to hold on for a 71-64 win.

The second half was somehow even more dunktastic than the first. Terrence Jones was the biggest culprit on the day, with back-to-back slams to extend the Wildcats' lead to five just before the midway point of the half.

Jones finished with 12 points and led the team with 11 rebounds. Darius Miller, returning to UK's starting lineup after playing off the bench the previous two games, apparently responded well to head coach John Calipari's motivation and lead the Wildcats with 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Forward Anthony Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats played stellar defense in the second half, finishing with eight blocks for the game. They bullied the Commodores on the perimeter, but Vanderbilt was able to find success inside. Jeffery Taylor and Festus Ezeli put up 18 and 17 points, respectively. Taylor also had 12 rebounds as well as two key first-half three pointers.

Vanderbilt's effectiveness under the rim led to an uncharacteristically high number of fouls against the Wildcats. The Commodores went 21-for-32 from the free throw line, outscoring the Wildcats by nine points from the stripe. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fouled out with 2:50 to go to leave UK shorthanded.

The loss was Kentucky's first to an SEC team this season. Despite the loss, they should earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and may still take the No. 1 overall spot considering that Syracuse and UNC also failed to secure conference tournament titles. Vanderbilt could climb even higher in the seedings after coming in as a No. 6 seed in SB Nation's latest bracketology rankings. At the moment, they are simply enjoying what was an incredibly hard-fought, emotional win.

20120311141404_medium
Vandycry_1_medium
For more on Sunday's game, check out Kentucky blog Sea Of Blue and Vanderbilt blog Anchor Of Gold. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more news and notes on conference tournaments and the rest of March Madness. For more on the SEC Tournament, stay with this StoryStream or visit Team Speed Kills.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.