Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Vanderbilt/Tennessee men's hoops match up should be a good one Thursday night

Besides the NCAA tournament, college basketball is at its best when conference play first begins in early January. This is when the contenders and the pretenders begin to get separated.

On Thursday night, Vanderbilt (16-1, 1-1) visits Tennessee (14-1, 2-0) in the best match up so far in the SEC.

Vanderbilt received its first loss on Saturday, falling to Kentucky in double overtime in Lexington. Tennessee looked great on its road trip to South Carolina, whipping the Gamecocks 80-56.

Newcomer Tyler Smith continues to sparkle for the Vols while Vandy big man A. J. Ogilvy definitely gives the Commodores an inside presence. Tennessee's biggest weakness is rebounding, especially on the offensive boards. Ogilvy could give them match up problems.

Since the game is in Knoxville, I'm taking the Vols (then again, I would take them if they were playing in Nashville).

If you are only a casual basketball fan, make sure to watch this one. The two teams have a combined 30-2 record.

You don't see that every day.


Chris said...

Tenn 80 Vandy 60. Credit the defense for this win. Vandy entered the game averaging 86 points a game and UT held them to 60. Also, Wayne Chism was huge: 18 points and 18 rebounds. Maybe he is finally understanding what he is capable of.

Mister Jimmy said...

What are the Nightly Daily's thoughts on the playoff games Sunday?

Chris said...

Well, I really don't like the Patriots so I hope they lose. But as I am watching the TV, it's late in the fourth quarter, and it looks like they have it locked up.

I think the Packers will beat the Giants mostly because they have the home field advandage.