Tennessee enters the game with an overall record of
16-10 and an 8-7 mark in the SEC after securing a crucial
59-49 win over Mississippi State Wednesday night in
Knoxville, Tenn. The victory snapped a four-game losing
streak. Prior to the four-game slide, the Vols had won
six straight games.
Senior forward Ron Slay leads Tennessee in scoring
and rebounding with 21.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per
game. Slay’s 21.6 points per game also leads the
SEC by 3.3 points per contest. Sophomore forward Brandon
Crump is second on the team in both categories with
10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
In recent years, Tennessee has had success at Vanderbilt,
winning three of the past four games played in Nashville.
Prior to this success, the Commodores claimed 11 of
the 12 contests played in Music City dating back to
the 1987-88 season. In Nashville, Vanderbilt leads 42-29
in the all-time series between the two schools.
Matt Freije has been VU’s leading scorer in the
past four games...At Kentucky, VU started the lineup
of Freije, Russell Lakey, Mario Moore, Corey Smith and
Brian Thornton for the first time this season...Moore’s
five rebounds at Kentucky led the team and is a seasonhigh...
Sophomore Martin Schnedlitz set or tied seven season
highs and two career highs at Kentucky...VU’s
two lowest point totals for a half this season have
both come in the second half against Kentucky...VU’s
two made free throws is a season low and the nine free-throw
attempts is the third-lowest mark...Points in the paint:
VU 24, UK 56...Points off
turnovers: VU 10, UK 36...Second-chance points: VU 2,
At Tennessee Jan. 18, Matt Freije and Corey Smith tied
for gamehigh honors with 18 points apiece, while Brian
Thornton added 16 points and eight rebounds. It was
one of only two games this season in which the Commodores
have had three players score at least 16 points in the
Freije scored all 18 of his points in the second half
as he shot 7-of-10 after the intermission. Smith was
4-of-6 from three-point range, which are both career-best
marks. He also played a career-high 38 minutes. Thornton
also had a second-half surge, scoring 12 points on 6-of-9
shooting in the second period.
Hundley In/Holwerda Out
Junior guard Scott Hundley earned his first start of
the season March 1 at South Carolina, replacing sophomore
guard Jason Holwerda. In doing so, Holwerda’s
run of being the only Commodore to start every game
came to an end at 24 games.
For Hundley, it was his eighth career start and the
first since starting Jan. 5, 2002, at home against Georgia.
He made use of the start as he scored six points, grabbed
four rebounds and dished out three assists in 27 minutes.
Ties Career Assists Mark vs. Arkansas
Junior guard Russell Lakey tied his career-high with
eight assists against Arkansas. He also had eight assists
Nov. 26 against Georgia Southern. When added to the
six assists he posted against Florida, the 14 combined
assists is the best two-game total in Lakey’s
Vanderbilt Playing Nation’s 13th Toughest
As of Monday, CollegeRPI.com has Vanderbilt’s
schedule ranked as the 13th toughest in the nation.
That ranks VU fourth in the SEC behind Georgia (1),
Arkansas (2) and Alabama (11).
This season VU has played 11 games versus ranked foes,
including Connecticut (12), Indiana (6), Notre Dame
(6), Alabama (4), Kentucky (16), Florida (5), Georgia
(15), Mississippi State (23), Georgia (20), Florida
(7) and Kentucky (2).