Thursday, December 4, 2008

Vanderbilt men lose to Illinois-Chicago, 55-74

A.J. Ogilvy had 14 points in the loss to UIC.Photo by Vanderbilt Athletics.
I usually enjoy being proven right when it comes to Vanderbilt sports.

After all, I do try to spend some time analyzing the teams, statistics, and intangibles when I write for S&S, and being proven right vindicates my methods.

But I do not enjoy the fact that I apparently predicted something like this for our men's basketball team, who lost to Illinois-Chicago 55-74.

No, you did not read that score incorrectly. And no, the game was not in the Windy City. It was at Memorial Gymnasium, which must have been suffering from some sort of post-bowl-eligiblity hangover (because there was zero Memorial Magic when the Black and Gold came out onto Ingram Court last night).

The loss was ugly for Vanderbilt, who only led the Flames once during the entire contest, only three minutes into the first half.

The rest of the game it was all UIC, all the time, as the Flames shot more than 63% beyond the arc. The Commodores had no answer for the Flames' two point guards, who combined for 53 of Chicago's 74 points (meaning that two of Chicago's players had almost as many points as the entire Vanderbilt men's basketball team were able to muster).

Vanderbilt drops to 5-2 on the young season, but both losses have come on Ingram Court (and both to teams hailing from the Land of Lincoln State).

This Saturday, the Commodores face a difficult road game against the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech with a 1:00 p.m. (central) tip-off in Atlanta.

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