''We have to in order to be successful,'' head coach Buzz Peterson said. ''He's had his way with us (in the 2003 meetings) but we did a good job with him last game ... held him to eight points.''
Vanderbilt is 18-7 overall and 7-7 in SEC play with a No. 25 RPI rating. Tennessee, on the other hand, is 14-11 and 6-8 with a No. 73 RPI.
Tennessee won the earlier meeting by shutting down Vandy's potent perimeter game. The Vols limited the Commodores to a paltry 19-percent mark (4 of 21) from 3-point range, including an icy 6.7 percent (1 of 15) in the second half.
''We took away the 3, made 'em put it on the floor a little bit,'' Peterson said. ''That caused some problems.''
Tennessee built a 13-point lead in the second half of that game but Vandy closed to 65-62 on a Freije layup and a Scott Hundley with 2:51 to go. A 3-pointer by Scooter McFadgon widened the gap to 68-62, then an unlikely hero sealed the deal.
With three seconds left on the shot clock, Jemere Hendrix nailed a 25-foot jumper -- his only 3-pointer of the year -- to widen the gap to 71-62 with 1:32 left.
The Vols are 0-7 in SEC road games, losing by an average of 22 points per game. On a positive note, however, they have won the last three meetings at Vandy's Memorial Gym.