SEC Day 1 preview – Vanderbilt

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Stat you should know: Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy went over the 1,000-point mark in the last game of the regular season and needs four blocks in the tournament to reach 100 for his career. When he does he’ll become the second Vandy player to score 1,000 points and register 100 blocks. The other was Will Perdue.

Quote of the day: “I’m not sure if it’s the same place we played. Is it?” — Jermaine Beal when asked about his feelings of returning to the same arena where Vandy lost by 21 in the first round of the NCAAs to Siena.

Kevin Stallings’ mindset: The Commodores come into the tournament playing well, winners of three straight. “We feel like we’re playing our best basketball at the end of the season which we’re pleased about,” said Stallings. While this is a wide-open tournament, Vandy’s issue is it doesn’t match up well with some teams. But with Ogilvy healthy, the Commodores can make some noise in Tampa.