Kevin Stallings thought the “inability to guard off the dribble” was the difference in Vandy’s 74-70 loss at UK on Wednesday night. The Commodores coach was particularly unhappy with his team’s defense.
“We gave up 20 go a guy who’s not averaging 20,” said Stallings of UK’s Willie Cauley-Stein. “That will usually get you beat.”
Stallings said that if the Commodores don’t guard they don’t win. As he pointed out, this was the first time Vanderbilt had scored 70 points in league play, yet lost. Part of that was the fact that Kentucky shot 61 points in the first half.
“They got 12 layups in the first half,” Stallings said. “That was a pretty good indicator that something wasn’t right.”