Readers, I could have simply mailed this one in, and reproduced the report Beisner made when these teams played in January. But I didn’t want to mail it in like that. Instead, I mailed it in by typing it in like 25 minutes while watching the Pitt/UConn game. Are they playing a different sport? Why is everyone so mean?
#0 Jermaine Beal, 6â€²3”, G, Junior
2008-09 Stats: 12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Beal had 18 the first time these two teams met, and if he’s able to get on track from the outside, the’Dores will be sitting pretty. He did not shoot the ball well in Vandy’s last game, going 1-10 in a blowout loss at UT. He’s capable of getting hot, and we’re capable of leaving shooters. Those two things don’t mix.
#1 Brad Tinsley, 6â€²3”, G, Freshman
2008-09 Stats: 10.5 ppg, 2.8 apg
Tinsley jacked 10 threes in the first meeting and only hit three. I can’t imagine Coach Stallings was too happy about that. In fact, I don’t think Coach Stallings is ever happy. He’s a blubbering wuss that looks like a Dilbert character. Tinsley has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, getting his points all over the floor, not just from behind the arc.
#44 Jeffrey Taylor, 6â€²7”, G/F, Freshman
2008-09 Stats: 12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Taylor has emerged as Vandy’s second leading scorer, which means Vandy’s top two scorers are from outside the country. They can never be president, though, so joke’s on them! In fact, Vandy has a great deal of international flavor, starting three guys from outside the U.S. of A. You can guess who the third is (hint: it’s not Brad Tinsley). Taylor has struggled shooting the ball, but he’s an able scorer that put 15 on the Cats last month.
#33 Steve Tchiengang, 6â€²9”, F, Freshman
2008-09 Stats: 3.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
OK. It’s Tchiengang. Of course his name is ‘Steve.’ Tchiengang has started the last two for Vandy, as Stallings is still searching for a complement underneath to A.J. Ogilvy. I don’t think our man Steve here is necessarily the answer; rather, he’s next in line after Darshawn McClellan and Festus Ezeli. He tends to foul a lot, too.
#44 A.J. Ogilvy, 6â€²11”, C, Sophomore
2008-09 Stats: 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg
As you recall, Ogilvy did not play in the team’s first match-up in Rupp. Instead, he sat on the bench and appeared uncomfortable, probably because tall people look awkward when not in basketball uniforms. Ogilvy’s back to full strength, and if Patterson can’t go tomorrow, I have these awful visions of him pushing Stevenson around underneath. Ogilvy, not Patterson.
Lance Goulbourne, F, Freshman:Versatile player that can play guard or forward.
George Drake, G, Junior: That’s ‘Sir’ George Drake to you, mister.
Vandy is smack in the middle of a “go to hell, nerds” stretch administered by the SEC, as they just got blasted at UT, and now they have UK and Florida back-to-back…9 p.m. on ESPN, Dykes, Nessler, and Jeannine…It’s going to be awkward