Tuesday, February 22, 2011

VSL Gets Your Ready: Tennessee Enters Memorial Tonight on ESPN

We're sticking with the bare-bones preview given that it has directly coincided with our 5 game winning streak.

VUCommodores.com's Preview

Vanderbilt Game Notes

Tennessee Game Notes

The last time out...

Anchor of Gold's Periscope: #18 Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

Anchor of Gold's SEC's Worst Losses: Tennessee (Part II)

Vandy Expects Urgent Vols, Jeff Lockridge, Tennessean

Never forget...

Kevin Stallings, players talk about Tennessee, Jeff Lockridge's blog on Tennessean.com

Quick hits:
- Brad Tinsely remains "probable" for tonight's game, but it won't surprise me at all to see Coach Stallings go to the freshman Kyle Fuller early and often. The fact that Andre Walker returned Saturday certainly bodes well for the Commodores, who hopefully can rely on their "glue-guy" to bring the ball up if necessary.
- Vanderbilt was out-rebounded by 7 on the offensive glass (19-12), and Tennessee attempted 23 more shots than the Commodores did in Knoxville. Obviously, that can't happen again.
- The Commodores committed 21 turnovers in their heart-breaking loss to Tennessee in January, their highest total in conference play by far (they've committed 16 turnovers twice). Tennessee is 10-5 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents. Vanderbilt will need to do a better job taking care of the basketball tonight than they did last time.
- Vanderblit is Tennessee's exception that proves the rule. The Volunteers are 2-8 when trailing at halftime (we're 1 of those 2 wins, Florida is the other), and 1-9 when being out-shot by their opponents (we're the 1). Vanderbilt needs to do what they didn't in Knoxville: close.

Remember, tonight is a white-out, so everyone attending dress accordingly.

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