Three Keys Revisited: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia

With the SEC Tournament looming in the not too distant future the Commodores knew how important a win over Georgia would be. Perhaps that is why instead of folding when down 17 the 'Dores picked themselves up off of the mat and rallied for a 63-62 victory on a last second jumper by Kevin Bright.

With the SEC Tournament looming in the not too distant future the Commodores knew how important a win over Georgia would be. Perhaps that is why instead of folding when down 17 the 'Dores picked themselves up off of the mat and rallied for a 63-62 victory on a last second jumper by Kevin Bright. The win, Vandy's third in its last four, puts the black and gold a step closer to avoiding the play in round at the tournament and helps build confidence that if the draw is right in a weak year the Commodores could yet make some noise. Here is a look at how the three keys played out.

1) Stop Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Though Vandy were unable to completely shut down Coldwell-Pope they did slow his production just enough to squeeze out a win. The 45 percent shooter on the season was just 5-16 from the field (31%) and though he put up 20 points Kevin Stallings will be happy with keeping his percentage that low. Vandy was able to win the game by containing the SECs second leading scorer as much as possible, but also by not letting him get any help from the rest of his team. No other Bulldog was in double figures for the game, while from the point where Georgia was up 34-17 to the point Vandy regained the lead Caldwell-Pope was held scoreless.

2) Force young guards into mistakes

Though the uniqueness of the court did not directly lead to a turnover fest from the young Bulldog guards it is interesting to note how ineffective some of the Bulldog offense was. Charles Mann who has been counted on to run the offense of late scored 8 points but had just one assist in 26 minutes. Caldwell-Pope himself was unusually loose with the ball and his three turnovers came at points in the game where Vandy were able to pick up the pace and capitalize. The defensive effort and never say die attitude that the team played with cannot be understated.

3) Forget about Saturday's win

There was a time on Wednesday where it looked like the 'Dores were not switched on mentally after the Mississippi State walkover. Indeed it took until the second half, it was 34-22 Bulldogs at the break remember, before Vandy finally found the shooting touch and defensive metal to make a game of things. The fact that they were able to come back from a first half where they shot just 25 percent as a team for the second come from behind victory of the year is a great sign as the conference tournament approaches. If the Commodores young squad can keep improving their decision making and intensity then you never know what can happen in March.

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