Thursday, February 10, 2011

Know your enemy- Vanderbilt Commodores

I'm sure many of you know that we haven't won at Vanderbilt since 1990. This is Coach Grant's first shot at this. Previous coaches Gottfried and Hobbs did not come close.

Stats

They have a dynamic scoring attack with John Jenkins, Jeffrey Taylor (seems like he's been there 10 years), Brad Tinsley, and Festus Ezeli all averaging double figures in scoring. Three of them are shooting better than 37% from 3 point land, with Rod Odom coming off the bench hitting at a 42.6% clip. Lance Goulbourne leads the team in rebounds despite playing only 26 minutes a game.

Keys to the game:
- guard the 3 point shot.
- despite them having a bigger lineup, pound the ball inside.
- slow the game down.
- need production from someone off the bench (Steele, Hillman).

Prediction: being that we haven't won there in over 20 years the easy way out is to predict defeat. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND! If Arkansas (a bad Arkansas) can go up there and win this year so can we! Releford shines and hits some key 3s to bring us home with the upset. Bama by 5.

Game time is 9PM EST (8PM CST) on ESPN2. Pull out your favorite beer, drink them, and watch our Tide roll!

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