There's not a lot I could say that hasn't already been said. Big game today against an in-state rival. A win for Vanderbilt keeps the Commodores on the SEC East contender path. A win for Tennessee keeps the Vols out of the SEC East cellar.
Tennessee has played the better schedule to date, and though they've beaten the best teams on their schedule in Villanova and Pittsburgh, they've had some bad losses to Charlotte, College of Charleston and Oakland.
Based on their performances to date, Vanderbilt would be the third best offensive and defensive team the Vols have faced, and Tennessee would be the fifth best offensive and eighth best defensive team the Commodores have faced.
Based on tempo free statistics, Vanderbilt holds pretty solid advantages at all starting positions and at the bench.
Four Factors: Vanderbilt holds a slim edge in TO% and a solid edge in eFG%. Tennessee holds a slim edge in FTRate and a solid edge in OReb%. Prediction: I actually think Vanderbilt will be able to win FTRate (due to the #Skynet factor) along with eFG%. Tennessee will probably win OReb%, and TO% could really go either way.
Traditional Statistics - Tennessee Volunteers
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Tipoff is scheduled for 11.00 CT and the game will be televised by ESPN (Comcast ch. 11 or 202 HD in Nashville) though the game will also be available on ESPN3.com. Our open gamethread will go live about an hour before tipoff. Also, don't forget to head over to Stat-King to submit your predictions for the game.
Vanderbilt @ Tennessee - Margin of victory
Vanderbilt by 10+ (3 votes)
Vanderbilt by < 10 (8 votes)
Tennessee by < 10 (0 votes)
Tennessee by 10+ (0 votes)
11 total votes