Vanderbilt fell to the Lady Vols 58-49 on January 21st. Since then Tennessee has gone 2-3 with wins at home over Alabama and Arkansas while sustaining all three losses on the road.
Diamond DeShields continues to lead the Vols in scoring. Vandy held DeShields to just 11 points in the first game. Mercedes Russell is the only other Vol that averages in double figures but Bashaara Graves scores nearly ten a game.
Forward Kortney Dunbar leads the Vols in 3-point shooting. Three other players are making more than 30 percent of their attempts. Graves is the Lady Vols' top shooter from the field.
Looking at some of the other stat leaders, Russell leads Tennessee in rebounds and blocked shots. DeShields has 40 steals while guard Jordan Reynolds has 62 assists.
Looking at the Vandy-UT stats comparison, Vandy gets the edge in scoring defense, shooting and assists. The Vols score more points, pull down more rebounds, have more steals and blocks. Tennessee has the stronger RPI.
Vanderbilt has a good shot at winning this game by just playing good defense and shooting the ball well. The Commodores can't be intimidated by the Vols' size and athleticism. The Dores need to be the aggressor but keep their wits when the score is close late in the game.
Thursday's game tips off at 8 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network.
For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.