10 Questions for Vandy vs. UMass

It's the big game we've been waiting for: Vanderbilt hosts UMass today at 3 p.m. CST (CSS). Here are ten questions to think about as the game nears.

- Can Vanderbilt continue their hot start? At 14-0 the Commodores have already gotten off to their best start ever. Can they continue to win?

- Can Vandy stop UMass' hot start? The Minutemen are off to a great start of their own, their best since the 1995-96 season when they vaulted to 26-0 and a Final Four appearance.

- Will Vandy or UMass top 100 points on Saturday? It could happen. Vanderbilt has the nation's 7th highest scoring offense (86.8 ppg) and the Minutemen aren't too shabby themselves coming in to Memorial averaging 84.9 points a game. Neither team excels much at defense so this game could easily turnout to be a 101-100 type score.

- Can Vanderbilt control forward Gary Forbes? Forbes is a hot shooter who averages 20.8 points a game. Forbes makes 47 percent of his field goals and has 22 three pointers on the season. He has three double-doubles (points/rebounds) already this season.

- Can Vanderbilt give UMass head coach Travis Ford a rude return to Memorial Gym? Ford starred for Kentucky in the 1990s and visited Vandy several times. He finished his Wildcat career 6-2 against Vandy and some payback would be nice. Another question to kick around: Will Kentucky hire Ford as head coach if his team beats Vandy in Memorial? This is something the Wildcats haven't done in a couple years.

- Can Shan Foster continue the hot shooting? He's making over 51 percent of his three point attempts and has scored in double digits in 18 consecutive games going back to the loss to Arkansas last year in the SEC Tournament.

- Can big A.J. Ogilvy continue his remarkable freshman year? Ogilvy already has two SEC Freshman of the Week honors to his credit. His 18.9 points per game average through 14 games is just ahead of Mike Rhodes (1977-78, 18.6 ppg.). Ogilvy is on a pace to score over 600 points this season.

- Will Memorial be rocking? This is the biggest game of the year for Vanderbilt and Commodore faithful have a history of giving their team an edge in big games.

- Can Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings continue his remarkable turnaround since 2003? Stallings' teams have won 96 games total over the last five seasons and should easily reach 100 this season. That'll give him an astounding 20-win average per season since that dismal 11-17 campaign in '03.

- How far will Vandy move up in the polls if they win? How far will they drop if they lose?

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