Reminder: This game is a "white out." Vandy fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.
Second place in the SEC East is on the line tonight as Vanderbilt looks to go for the sweep against Tennessee on ESPN's Super Tuesday. Ken Pomeroy gives Vandy a 62% chance of victory (75-72 with a tempo of 73). Unfortunately, kenpom doesn't have a predictor for J.P. Prince backhands, taunts or fouls on 3 point shot attempts. I'd say the likelihood of seeing either is close to 80%. It is a rivalry matchup. And it will be "chippy."
Not much has changed since the last meeting. Vanderbilt is better offensively. Tennessee is better defensively. Throw the numbers out the window since it's a rivalry game with serious implications.
Again, the numbers really don't mean much, since it's a rivalry game. Vandy has the edge according to the tempo-free statistics. Keep in mind that individual numbers aren't adjusted for strength of schedule.
Four Factors: Similar to last time, I would expect Vanderbilt to win eFG% and FTRate and for Tennessee to win TO% and OReb%. I think the margin by which Vandy wins eFG% will determine the outcome. I would also imagine quite a correction from the abysmal shooting performance Vandy had against Georgia, which would have to be an encouraging consideration for Commodore fans.
Traditional Statistics - Tennessee Volunteers
WHITE OUT: Tuesday is the third annual "White Out Game" - Vanderbilt athletics encourages all Vanderbilt fans to where white to the game.
Rocky Top Talk is the SB Nation affiliate for the Tennessee Volunteers. They have recently aired their record of wrongs we Vandy fans have committed. I'll link their preview when they post it.
Tipoff is set for 18.00 CT and the game will be televised by ESPN (Comcast ch 11 or 202 HD). Join us in the game thread, which will open about an hour before the tip. Don't forget to stop by Stat King to make your selection for the game.