Congratulations to Coach Stallings for his 200th victory as head coach of the Commodores!
Vandy had the clear physical advantage. MTSU clearly "wanted" it more. In the end, Vandy played hard enough and MTSU didn't shoot well enough for things to play out about how they were supposed to, at least statistically.
The Rally 'Stache certainly started things off with a bang, with two early thunderdunks by A.J. Ogilvy
(who let out a barbaric yawp after the latter of the pair). Team defense was again strong, with 10 blocked shots. Once its authority was clearly established, it took the rest of game off, an obvious sign of the intense preparation it has in front of it in the coming days.
There are some exciting days ahead to be sure. SEC play begins Saturday early (11am, yikes) against Florida.
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Recap: Vanderbilt 73, Middle Tennessee 53 | DorePosts.com
MTSU Post-Game Thoughts | Vanderbilt Sports Line
Vandy blocks Middle in Nashville | VandySports.com (Rivals - Premium)
Vanderbilt suffocates Middle, 73-53 | VandyMania.com (Scout)
Vanderbilt blocks MTSU's upset bid | The Tennessean
"We are a big, long, strong team," said Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli, who came off the bench to block three shots. "We have to use that to our advantage."
Vanderbilt soars to victory over MTSU in non-conference finale | Nashville City Paper
The Commodores exploited their advantages in size and athleticism for a consistent string of dunks and blocked shots against Middle Tennessee State, their final non-conference opponent of the season. The above-the-rim approach was evident almost from the outset when center A.J. Ogilvy threw down a pair of slams within the first 3:08.