Monday, December 19, 2011
3-point shot: Vandy's losses will add up
By Andy Katz
1. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings acknowledges that he may have over scheduled with teams like Cleveland State, Xavier and Indiana State. The Commodores haven’t had an easy game this season. That’s on the Commodores and their inability to finish at home, or on the road (at Louisville). But Stallings is still confident, saying they’ll be there in the end. I don’t doubt that Vandy will be in the NCAA tournament, but the losses will ensure that the Dores won’t be seeded as high as they were projected to be in the preseason.
2. Ohio State's Jared Sullinger felt better Sunday after a bone bruise during Saturday’s win at South Carolina forced him to leave the game in the first half and get an X-ray off site. He’s still listed as day-to-day and his status for Tuesday’s game against Lamar will be based on how he responds to treatment. Meanwhile, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Terrence Jones, who injured a finger on his left hand, had swelling and the finger is black and blue. But Calipari said Jones should be fine. Kentucky plays Samford Tuesday.
3. Darius Johnson-Odom is ready to go for Monday’s game at LSU after he was suspended for Saturday’s game against Northern Colorado. DJO was averaging 18 points before he was suspended for a violation of team rules. In his absence, freshman Todd Mayo scored 22 points against UNC. Associate head coach Tony Benford said that Mayo knows how to score and is very mature for a freshman. Having Mayo play this well in DJO’s absence will only enhance this team’s depth and productivity.