IHTIT: Tennessee Vols at Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball Preview (1/27/24)
It's Hoops Time in Tennessee: It's also that magical time of year when Tennessee (14-4, 4-1 SEC, 8-4 vs Quadrant 1&2) makes its annual appearance in America's Worst GymTM to take on Vanderbilt (5-13, 0-5, 0-9 vs Q2+), currently the worst team in the SEC. And it's not particularly close--record wise, the 'Dores seem similar to the other contender for league's worst: Mizzou. However, all computer rankings have the Tigers ranked 70-100 spots ahead of Vandy. But when you play in the gym that was built to be a theater--the theater that dared to be a gym--anything can happen.
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You can't spell bullet points without UT:
- It's been a week since the Vols' last game, but Dalton Knecht has worked his way into the Kenpom Player of the Year standings at #10, two spots behind Alabama's Mark Sears and six places behind Auburn's Johni Broome.
- There aren't any Flair! updates for UT this week, but Jonas Aidoo is right on the cusp of adding that little rocket ship next to his name--I give Scoring Specialist flair when a player is in the top 10 in three or more scoring categories, and Aidoo is currently just one away (he's top-10 in FG% and 2-pointers made).
- Vanderbilt is in the top third of SEC teams in three pointers attempted, and they are dead last in assist rate (#331/362 nationally). Expect a bunch of chunked 3s and not a lot of passing.
- Which leads to the anomaly of Ezra Manjon, who is top 5 in the SEC in assists. Apparently the 3-time All-Big West player (UC Davis) is the only 'Dore willing to give up the rock.