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Kentucky Thrives, Vandy Survives

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Kentucky got revenge for its only loss of the year by hammering South Carolina 82-61. Patrick Patterson led the way for the 'Cats with 23 points, while DeMarcus Cousins chipped in a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Devan Downey did his damage as usual, pouring in 26 points, but he made just 9 of 25 from the field. UK started the game with a 11-2 run, but South Carolina came back and was down just 23-21 with under 10 minutes to go in the first half. The Wildcats stormed away though and was up by 13 at the half.

Meanwhile in Nashville, Vanderbilt escaped at home with a 96-94 overtime win over Georgia. Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins both went for more than 20 for the Bulldogs, but Jermaine Beal's career high 28 carried the day for the Commodores. It is a bit troubling that Vanderbilt can't seem to have its way with Georgia, though Bulldogs are wondering when progress will start turning into winning.

It was a big win for Vandy though, as the Commodores retain their one game lead for a first round conference tournament bye over Florida. The Gators play Georgia on Saturday in Athens, a place the Bulldogs are undefeated in SEC East play so far this season.