It's been beaten to the ground, but we haven't won in Nashville (outside of the SEC tournament) since 1990. DJC went through exactly how much time has passed since then and the things that happened that year... let me add a couple more:
- GA Tech and Colorado shared the CFB National title
- Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson
- The University was under 19,000 students (it's overcrowded now, but I won't get into that)
- Larry Johnson was still at UNLV
Now that I got the silliness out of the way... this MIGHT BE THE BEST CHANCE EVER to win there. Vanderbilt is 8-11. They lost 11 games all of last year and are a meager 5-5 at home. Saying that, they played Kentucky and Ole Miss tough there so I suspect we'll be in for a war.
Kedren Johnson is the only one averaging double digits at 14.8 PPG. He's hitting about 35% from 3. Johnson can dribble-drive which should keep Releford busy on the defensive end. Kyle Fuller and Rod Odom drop 9.9 and 9.3 PPG. Fuller can also take the ball to the rim, but can't seem to finish. He's only 38/28% from the field/3 point range. Odom should be more of an inside presence, but has been content shooting from beyond 10 feet. Combine those 3 and you have more than half of the team's scoring average (59.6). Kevin Bright is probably the one to watch beyond the arc as he's hitting almost 50% from there. He's also their leading rebounder.
This is one of the few games where being undersized doesn't hurt us as Vandy only have 2 'big men' that contribute regularly. It's our backcourt vs their for supremacy. If Jacobs shows up we might even have the advantage inside.
Vanderbilt season stats
- 41% FG
- 35% 3pt FG
- -2.0 rebound margin
- 5.8 steals
Game time is 4PM EST on the SEC Network and WatchESPN.com