Well... the good news is Vanderbilt hasn't won a road SEC game this year. They kinda stank so even a bit shorthanded I don't think we lose this one. Vandy is 3-8 in conference and 13-11 overall. The consensus is Kevin Stallings is one of the 4 best coaches in the SEC, but I think he's been there too long and is starting to mail it in. He probably needs to move on as well as Vanderbilt, but that's a discussion for the end of the season.
Damian Jones leads the team at almost 15/game on 54% shooting. He also leads the team in boards at 6.7/game. he will pose a problem inside against our mostly weak interior defense. The only other real consistent scoring threat is Riley LaChance who shoots a decent 38% from beyond the arc. As a team Vandy takes 35% of their shots from beyond the arc shooting at a 37% clip overall.
James Siakam has been playing much better over the last few games. He might be the X factor for them both inside in the post and on the boards.
Vanderbilt has lost 8 of their last 10, but had a 2 game winning streak snapped by UTK in OT on Wednesday at home.
This is a game we should win, but if we put up a performance like we did Tuesday I doubt we can win unless Vandy wants to out-ugly us like State did. I am hoping for a game that doesn't set back basketball a dozen years. With Tarrant out either Levi or Rodney HAS TO STEP UP as leaders of the team. They can't continue to be passive... they're seniors and need to showcase themselves for future employment overseas.