UT-Martin has a solid basketball program and over the past four seasons has won either the OVC regular season or tournament championship. The 7-4 Skyhawks started their season losing three of their first four games but are currently on a five-game winning streak. Some the games of interest for UT-Martin include a close road loss to a ranked Iowa team and a home blowout victory over Alabama. Most recently the Skyhawks defeated Miami-Ohio at home and the Cincinnati Bearcats on the road.
Taking a look at UT-Martin's stats, you can see that Daijia Ruffin is the Skyhawk's top scorer. The 5-foot-9 Ruffin, a redshirt freshman playing off the bench, scored 17 points in the close loss to Iowa. Senior forward Haley Howard and junior guard Jessy Ward are the team's other double-digit scorers.
From the 3-point line Howard, Ward, and senior guard Katie Schubert, are the team's top threats.
Ruffin also leads the way in rebounds but interestingly, 5-11 senior guard Chelsea Roberts has almost as many rebounds as Ruffin and leads the team in assists.
Looking at the Vandy-UT-Martin stats comparison, the 'Dores lead the way in nearly every category except free throw shooting percentage, assists, turnovers per game, blocked shots and RPI.
Overall, UT-Martin looks like a dangerous opponent that the Commodores had better be ready to play.
Monday's game tips off at noon and can be seen on the SEC Network plus.
For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.