(Feel free to keep the game on in the background while you listen to our podcast at 9 PM!)
RADIO: Lady Vols Network
INTERNET TV: ESPN 360
Earlier in the season, UT beat Vanderbilt 64-57 on the home court despite a flurry of three-point shots by the Lady 'Dores that kept the game in serious doubt until the final minute. Now, Vandy looks to convert home court advantage into the extra few points needed to win. With a senior and junior heavy roster, this may be the best chance that Vandy has to beat UT in a while.
Since that meeting, though, Tennessee has begun to find some much-needed defensive consistency and, perhaps most importantly, a potential answer to the point guard question in Kamiko Williams. Despite a shaky start at the point against Arkansas last week, Kamiko has shown enough maturity to finally gain the on-court experience she needs. The rest of the team has shown improvement as well; with Taber Spani limited by turf toe, the depth of the team has been well tested and, so far, has succeeded. In particular, the trio of Glory Johnson, Alyssia Brewer, and Kelley Cain in the interior is proving to be an absolute nightmare for opponents.
Looking forward, this game begins a three-game stretch where the Lady Vols can make the SEC a two-team race. They play Vanderbilt and Mississippi on the road, then host Florida at home - all three of the four-loss teams in the league. Winning these three games leaves the SEC up to UT and Kentucky (currently at 8-2 in conference) to settle things on February 25th in Knoxville. Georgia and LSU, both ranked top-12 at one point, have fallen off the cliff and must wait for conference tournament play to improve their NCAA seeding - if they don't lose it outright.
But for tonight, all that matters is Vanderbilt. Winning here will shut out yet one more conference foe from the regular season crown. That should be motivation enough.