Vanderbilt didn't let its opportunity slip by last night on the road in Knoxville. A game I thought would be a war inside between A.J. Oglivy and Wayne Chism turned into a battle of the backcourts. Jermaine Beal had 25 for the Commodores, while J.P. Prince hit 22 for Tennessee, and each team had three guards in double-figures. Oglivy was pretty quiet, and while Chism hit the boards hard for 16 rebounds, he was not a factor offensively. The Commodores shot the ball better and are still the sole unbeaten team in SEC play. They've got some cushion for Saturday's big one with Kentucky.
Another "V" team at the top of its conference got the job done. It was Villanova getting a 90-72 win over Notre Dame. I like the Wildcats' balance in this game. Scottie Reynolds' 17 still led the team, but Corey Fisher also hit 17 and 'Nova had contributions throughout the
lineup. Antonio Pena was tough down low with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and as the team's lone interior threat, he must be consistent if they are to win the Big East and remain an elite team.
Duke kept the heat on both Maryland and Virginia, staying a game back in the ACC with a home win over Florida State. The Seminoles turned the ball over 22 times and were terrible from the foul line, thus negating a rebounding advantage. Duke relied on its stars, as the combo of Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler combined for 42 of the team's 70 points in a fourteen-point triumph. The Blue Devils shot the three-ball better, as one more added dagger to FSU.
Elsewhere, Florida got the decisive win I was looking for in the post below, beating up Georgia 87-71, and UConn's problems continue as they lose by 15 to Providence. See you tomorrow for Thursday recaps and a look ahead to the weekend.