Monday, February 14, 2011

ESPN's Andy Katz Talks Commodores in his Weekly Watch

After winning 2 close games at home last week (by the same 81-77 score, no less), Vanderbilt is (at least for the time being) firmly ensconced in the national spotlight. ESPN's Weekly Watch by Senior Basketball Writer Andy Katz mentions the Commodores thrice.

The Commodores game Wendesday at Georgia gets ink in the "What's on Tap" for the week section. The real love for Vanderbilt comes in the "More Performances that Wowed Us Section" where Katz talks about John Jenkins extraordinary week:
"John Jenkins, Vanderbilt: Does anyone in college basketball have a sweeter shooting stroke than this guy? Two days after scoring 20 in a narrow win over Alabama, the sophomore scored a career-high 32 (11-17 FG, 6-10 from 3) in a narrow win over Kentucky. And he picked apart the Cats with a sprained right shoulder."

Finally, Vanderbilt on the whole gets some attention as one of the teams that impressed Andy last week:
"Vanderbilt: The Commodores don't like to do anything easy. In a span of three days, Vandy clipped Alabama and Kentucky at home, both coming down to the final possessions. Alabama coach Anthony Grant and Kentucky coach John Calipari looked exasperated at one point -- and that's what Memorial Magic will do to coaches."

This is great attention, and well deserved after the Commodores took down two quality opponents at home within 40 hours of one another. By taking care of business at home and putting themselves 2 games above .500 in the SEC, they have given themselves a little room for error. Mainly, Wednesday's game in Athens is not a must-win (the protestations of our readers in the comments section notwithstanding). This is not to say that Commodores shouldn't expect to win, just that if they don't, the sky isn't all of a sudden falling down on their collective heads.

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