Vandy has enjoyed great success against No. 1 teams at Memorial: four wins in a row, in fact (Tennessee on Feb. 26, 2008; Florida on Feb. 17, 2007; Kentucky on Jan. 13, 1993; and North Carolina on Dec. 5, 1987). But the upcoming Jan. 30 game with the Wildcats is in Lexington, and the Commodores are 0-7 all-time when playing at the No. 1 team. That said, the 'Dores have won six of their last eight over Kentucky including a pair of games at Rupp.
Vols fans across the state and country screamed, steamed and offered Bud Adams' two-gun salute to their one-and-done, Southern California-bound coach, Lane Kiffin, who jumped ship and tossed a life vest to a chunk of his staff including father Monte and everybody's favorite Mr. Ed ... Orgeron.
Memorial Gym at Vanderbilt is also a very difficult place for opponents to play. For starters, the benches are on the baseline, giving the Commodores a real home-court advantage. It is an adjustment for opposing coaches and players to come into Nashville and deal with that.
Will Kentucky the run the table in the SEC? Has Cal turned the SEC into the new Conference USA?
Dana O'Neil (1:25 PM)
Matt: I think running the table is awfully tough. The SEC isn't CUSA. There are still some very good teams - Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vandy - to get thru and remember, as good as Kentucky is, they're still very young. They've done a great job of surviving every challenge so far but it's a lot to ask of a team made up of so many freshmen to stay poised on the road in hostile environments against good teams.