Our zone vs. your zone

Vanderbilt's shooters were in a zone Jan. 8 against Tennessee, hitting 18 of 32 shots from 3-point range as the Commodores won 88-63. Don't be surprised if Tennessee defenders are in a zone for tonight's rematch in Nashville.

The Vols probably will try a zone defense similar to the one the Florida Gators used when they shut down Vandy 82-65 on Jan. 15 in Nashville.

''They were really aggressive in their zone,'' Vol head man Buzz Peterson said. ''It was like a (University of) Cincinnati zone. They were real active on the ball.''

Since SEC play began, Tennessee defenders haven't been real active on the ball no matter what defense they happened to be playing. Peterson concedes that must change.

''I just want us to be very aggressive on the basketball -- put pressure on the ball -- whether it's zone or man,'' he said. ''I put my challenge to the guys: That's what we've got to have.''

Certainly, the Vols have got to put better pressure on Commodore shooters than last time, when Vandy hit 54.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range.

''They shot lights-out on us,'' Peterson conceded.

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