Stat you should know: Alabama ranks last in the SEC in conference games in 3-point shots made with only five per game. The Tide has made only 80 3s this season in SEC games, a mere 76 behind league leader Mississippi State.
Quote of the day: “We’re ready to go starting (Thursday) night. It’s going to be something to see.” — Mikhail Torrance.
Phillip Pearson’s mindset: The former Alabama player is nearing the end of his season as interim coach and faces a tough task in dealing with a hot Vandy team. It’s been a very interesting season obviously for us,” Pearson said. “We realize the end is drawing near. We’re going to treat Vanderbilt like our championship game.” The Tide had a big – and rare – road win at Tennessee Sunday and comes into the game with some momentum. “I’m very happy we’re playing some our better basketball towards the end of the season,” Pearson said.