Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview
|Vanderbilt||K Johnson 14.9||K Bright 5.7||K Johnson 3.3|
|Tennessee||J McRae 14.7||J Stokes 8.1||T Golden 4.1|
On Tuesday, Vanderbilt heads to Thompson-Boling Arena to take on Tennessee. Tip-off occurs at 7:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Commodores are 3-5 against the Volunteers over the last four years. They fell 68-61 on 3/3/2012, the last time they met.
This game will separate Tennessee and Vanderbilt, who currently share 7th place in the SEC.
In their last outing, despite 17 points from Rod Odom, the Commodores fell to Missouri 81-59 on January 26th. He tallies 9.7 points per game and also adds 4.2 rebounds per game. In a 54-53 victory over Alabama on January 26th, Jarnell Stokes put up 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Volunteers. With 8.1 rebounds per game and 0.9 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. From a tempo-free perspective, Tennessee is strong in the following categories: free throw rate at 41.7 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.5.
- We beat real teams. Vanderbilt had more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Tennessee last season (6 vs 4).
- The Vanderbilt steals leader (Kedren Johnson) has more steals than the Tennessee steals leader (Jarnell Stokes).
- Vanderbilt is better under pressure, and has defeated Tennessee in 7 out of the last 12 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- At least you keep showing up. Vanderbilt has an average margin of victory of 10 over Tennessee in 29 wins since 1980.
- The Vanderbilt three-point leader (Kedren Johnson) has more three-pointers than the Tennessee three-point leader (Skylar McBee).
- Kedren Johnson is ranked 9th in the SEC in points and 5th in the SEC in three-pointers.
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Vanderbilt has had more players drafted by the NBA than Tennessee (6 vs 1).
- The Vanderbilt scoring leader (Kedren Johnson) has more points than the Tennessee scoring leader (Trae Golden).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Vanderbilt currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (971 to 962) than Tennessee, per the NCAA.
- Maybe someday you'll play some real competition. Vanderbilt has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Tennessee this season (Projected SOS Rank: #73 vs #84).