Team of the Day: Vanderbilt
24-4 (9-4 SEC)
Computer numbers (coutesy of kenpom.com): RPI 10, SOS 53
Tennessee went into Memorial Gym with the number one ranking, and like five other top-ranked teams throughout history left Nashville with a loss. Shan Foster, known for his outside touch, led the Commodores with 32 points but also did a good job of varying his offensive game and even attempted eleven free throws. Jermaine Beal (17) and Alex Gordon (11)also reached double figures, helping to offset the twenty-five posted by Tennessee's Chris Lofton and foul trouble encountered by A.J. Ogilvy. And even though Tennessee didn't go into their press full throttle until the second half, turning the ball over just seven times is another reason why Vandy won the game. Wins in their final three games (two on the road: Arkansas and Alabama) will help their seeding immensely, especially when you realize that they haven't beaten a conference foe of consequence on the road this year.
On the clock: Rhode Island. After dropping three key home games last week, the Rams can ill afford to lose at struggling George Washington on Wednesday. A team that looked to be a lock a few weeks ago needs to go on a serious run at this point.