Vanderbilt missed a huge opportunity to earn a season-defining win when they fell to #1 Florida on Tuesday night. Their consolation prize? A chance to knock their arch rivals off the NCAA Tournament's list of invitees.
Tennessee will host the Commodores on Saturday trailing this season's series by a 1-0 margin after a 64-60 Vandy win back in January. That defeat put the Vols squarely on the tournament bubble, and losses to Missouri and Texas A&M since them have not helped their cause. Another Vanderbilt victory this weekend could resign UT to the NIT for good, barring an exceptional run through the SEC Tournament.
The Commodores are in the midst of a turbulent season, and their only expectation for Saturday is to defeat the team they hate the most. They can do that if they follow Texas A&M's lead. The Aggies have found a way to upset the Vols twice this season, with their most recent win coming in overtime at home. Let's take a closer look as see if A&M poked any holes in UT's game that the 'Dores can exploit.