The Tennessee-Vanderbilt rivalry in both football and basketball has largely dominated the Volunteers through the years, but Wednesday night’s performance in Nashville may have a closer chance than many.
The Vanderbilt defense has stayed away from the planetarium, ranking 259th in the nation in points allowed on a per possession basis. But Tennessee, which ranks 11th in the category, has given 70 points or more in its last six matches and is allowing more than 102 points per 100 possessions in its last four games.
Since falling 81-61 in Tennessee on January 16, the Commodores have scored at least 70 points in seven of their last eight matches, with each of them on a cover or push spanning their last seven. Scotty Pippon Jr. is Wandy’s lead scorer at 20.5 ppg.
Tennessee has allowed opponents to make 40.7 percent of their 3-point shots in their last three games and Vanderbilt gained 37.5 percent points from their 3-pointers, 38th most among Division I teams.
With Tennessee going outbound by 3.1 rebounds per game in SEC play and Vanderbilt having the lowest offensive rebellion per game among any team in conference games, the Commodores are expected to challenge Tennessee.
drama: Vanderbilt, +6.5.