To date, the Commodores have played rather underwhelmingly, particularly in light of the fact that they were picked by the SEC coaches to win the conference regular season. They should have a good chance to take the first step in that quest tonight, as they face an Alabama team that's having its best start since 2000-01.
There's some fuzzy math behind the good start, however, when one takes a look at the three teams who have beaten the Lady Tide: Samford, Louisville, and MTSU.
Men's hoops get started in Lexington this Saturday, but for now, here's what's making news in Commodore Country:
Christopher Walsh previews the game for the partisans down in Tuscaloosa (and he says Tide fans are all smiles).
Tim Gayle also has a preview (and fortunately, he also has a bit more critical analysis than Mr. Walsh).
The Baton Rouge, La. Advocate previews the SEC (they've got a great conference-wide summary for those of us who've been too consumed with post-season football (!) to pay attention to women's hoops).
Maurice Patton puts out his Jamie Graham piece in an echo of a piece you read yesterday from a certain daily alternative newspaper (when will the City Paper decide to emerge as the next Banner?).
Mike Rose pics VU no. 5 in the SEC in his weekly power poll (putting us behind Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Yew Tee).
The Red Solo Cup Guy picks us for no. 6 in the conference in his poll (and he sees Yew Tee, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, and Kentucky ahead of us).
Gamecock Man ranks the SEC and gives the Dores the no. 7 spot (behind Yew Tee, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky, and LSU -- really?).
John Gasaway ranks the nations Top 25 freshmen college basketball players and guess who's at no. 21? (If you guessed Jeff Taylor, you'd be right).
Chip Cirillio has a great piece on Jan van Breda Kolff, the former VU standout player (SEC Player of the Year 1974) and coach (1994-99) who's now running camps out of a sports facility in Cool Springs.
Eric Avidon has the details on BC firing their head coach only 8 days after losing to the mighty Vanderbilt Commodores in the Music City Bowl (you know, it'll be nice when people can lose to us and not go headhunting -- sigh).
Dimon Kendrick-Holmes talks about Jagodzinkski's firing as well at MV.
Dimon is also celebrating Georgia's loss of Stafford and Moreno, citing our 2006 win in Athens as proof that transitional UGA offenses are vulnerable to Commodore attack (I wonder if that was the situation in 1994, too?).
David Mayo celebrates the bowl win with a nice shout-out.