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Preview/GameThread: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt

The Commodores whipped us at Reed Arena two weeks ago, but they've looked vulnerable since then. This is a road game we can win (6:00 pm; ESPN2).

Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

Honestly, Vanderbilt might be the most unpredictable team in the SEC.

They have a handful of really good wins (@ Florida, @ Arkansas; Iowa State), and they piled up a boatload of "quality losses" during their #1 rated non-conference slate. All-in-all, despite their 12-12 overall record, the Commodores were seen as a team that had an outside chance at the tourney.

And then they went to 1-11 Mizzou and lost by 20.

I'm not sure how they're going to rally tonight, but they (obviously) need almost every game from here if they want to re-enter the tourney conversation.

Time: 6:00pm

Place: Nashville, TN



The preview and recap from the original battle will help set the scene, but today's game is really about what's happened since then. Vanderbilt looked meek in a very unimpressive 1-2 stretch, and A&M went 2-1 with a decent effort in a loss at Florida.

If the Vanderbilt and A&M squads from two weeks ago run it back tonight, the 'Dores will take it by 20+. But I don't think that's going to happen. Vandy's defensive clinic at Reed Arena forced some changes, and our squad has looked much better since. JC found his stride, our bigs are passing more effectively, and the turnovers (sans Florida) have been much more manageable.

We need to win this game if we don't want to be cast adrift with the bottom four, and I think we'll get it done.

BTHO Vanderbilt