February 15, 2011

Previewing Vanderbilt at Georgia

What: Vanderbilt Commodores (18-6, 6-4) at Georgia Bulldogs (17-7, 6-4)

Where: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523), Athens, Ga.

When: 6:00 p.m. CST, Wednesday


Radio: Nashville: 97.1 FM

Rankings: VU is 18th in both polls; Georgia is unranked

Warren Nolan RPI: Vanderbilt 15, Georgia 41

The line: Georgia by 2

Sagarin prediction: Vanderbilt by 2

Pomeroy prediction: Vanderbilt 71, Georgia 70 (VU has a 54 percent chance of victory)

Series record: Vanderbilt leads 84-48, winning 73-66 in Nashville this season, but losing last year in Athens by a 72-58 score

Player Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
Brad Tinsley 6-3 210 Jr. 10.1 4.1 PG Dustin Ware 5-11 182 Jr. 8.0 3.2
John Jenkins 6-4 215 So. 19.8 3.3 SG Gerald Robinson 6-1 180 Jr. 12.9 2.6
Jeffery Taylor 6-7 225 Jr. 14.6 5.3 SF Travis Leslie 6-4 205 Jr. 14.2 7.0
Steve Tchiengang 6-9 245 Jr. 5.4 3.2 PF Trey Thompkins 6-10 245 Jr. 16.6 7.6
Festus Ezeli 6-11 255 Jr. 12.8 6.2 C Jeremy Price 6-8 270 Sr. 9.0 5.4


Vanderbilt used three-straight home wins to turn a 3-4 Southeastern Conference record into a 6-4 mark, good for a tie for second in the Eastern Division. Now, the Commodores will get a chance to take sole possession of second by beating Georgia, their opponent on Wednesday evening.

The 'Dores blew out South Carolina a week ago Saturday, then beat SEC overall leader Alabama and a ranked Kentucky squad in Nashville, to get their season headed back in the right direction. The challenge now is to win in a venue that, relatively speaking, is one of the tougher ones in which VU plays each season.

Vanderbilt, ranked in both major polls, is generally regarded as the better team at this point of the season. But, that hasn't mattered much in recent years when the Commodores are playing in Stegeman Coliseum.

Last year, the Bulldogs posted a 6-10 league mark compared to Vandy's 12-4, yet thrashed the Commodores by 14 points. The year before, a 3-13 UGA team beat 8-8 Vandy by four.

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