Friday, February 9, 2007

Vanderbilt Hotline

This is a big weekend for Vanderbilt sports fans. The Men's Basketball team travels east to Knoxville looking to complete the season sweep of BPB's his Volunteers, the Baseball team opens up with a tournament in Houston where they will face #1 Rice today at 1:00 EST, and VSL premieres with our SEC Hoops Pick'em.

Whenever Vanderbilt and Tennessee get together, fans take notice. Saturday's game in Knoxville is no exception. Kevin Stallings and the boys have has a week to prepare for the Vols and come into Knoxville a game out of second in the SEC East and firmly "on the bubble" for the NCAA tournament. Despite being 2 games back of Vanderbilt, Tennessee is still thought to be a team that will be dancing in March. BPB's early season successes coupled with the loss of Chris Lofton for some of UT's early SEC action will more likely than not get the Vols an NCAA berth. If Vanderbilt can win on Saturday--raising their record to 7-3 in SEC play, and dropping UT to 4-6 in conference--Vanderbilt will all but lock themselves into a March invite and do serious damage to Tennessee's case of inevitability. Vanderbilt's play has been a surprise and people across the South are starting to take notice.

The player to watch is Chris Lofton. Lofton returned to the Vols line-up against after missing his last 4 games. While Lofton saw limited minutes against the Tigers, BPB was been relucant to bring him back until he was ready. Lofton dropped 29 on the Commies when they met in Nashville early in the year, and is one of the best shooters in the league. Vanderbilt has been playing increasingly physical basketball of late, and if they can knock Lofton around a bit, they should be able to put pressure on his gimpy wheel. Tennessee has not lost in Knoxville this season, a streak Vanderbilt would love to disrupt on Saturday. This game will be on Lincoln Financial Sports throughout the Southland, and available on ESPN Full Court.

Vanderbilt Baseball opens up today against #1 Rice. That game can be watched online at . While a complete preview is forthcoming from Woody, suffice it to say that expectations for this year's squad are high. It's February, but fans are already talking about the College World Series. My question is, how'd that cart get so ahead of the horse?

1 comment:

Stanimal said...

2 Pre-season All-Americans and a possible number one pick in the amateur draft. That's how the cart got so far ahead of the horse.

The baseball team has a ton of potential, but I agree with your under-lying point that the Dores need to prove they can dominate the Series by playing well during the year, not just having a solid preseason ranking.