Coach John Calipari got the test he said he wanted. UK trailed 63-61 before finishing the game with an 8-0 run. It looked like it might be easy early. Marquis Teague, normally the table-setter for UK, penetrated at will and sparked the early offense. The UK defense held Vandy to 27 percent shooting the first half. Terrence Jones, after an early benching, went to work and UK moved out to a 36-23 halftime lead. The momentum changed in the second half and foul trouble hit UK. Vandy stormed back to tie it 48-48 with 11:56 left, then took a 55-51 lead. UK went back up four but Vandy scored six straight.
■ Vandy started the game 4-for-18 shooting.
■ Vandy had the game's first two dunks.
■ Darius Miller had four minutes and three fouls in the first half.
■ Kidd-Gilchrist and Miller did not score in the first half.
■ UK outscored Vandy 26-6 in the paint in the first half.
■ UK did not make a three-pointer until 10:37 remained.
■ Marquis Teague keeps getting better at figuring out what is working for the offense.
■ What else can you say about Anthony Davis? His offense keeps getting better his two late blocks helped keep Vandy scoreless the final four minutes.
■ Four straight top-ranked teams had lost at Vandy. Kentucky survived.
■ When its offense went stale, UK let its defensive guard down at times.
■ Kentucky gave up too many second shots.
■ Miller needs to keep himself in the game.