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Update on MBB injuries

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Men's basketball head coach Kevin Stallings commented on the injury status of guard John Jenkins (concussion) and forward Andre Walker (sprained ankle) during last night's call-in show:

"John said he felt fine (Monday)," Stallings said. "He was symptom-free and they're going to let him do some running and shooting Tuesday. If everything goes well, and we kind of expect it to, he'll be able to practice on Wednesday.

"Andre's still awhile out. It's one of the worst (injuries) I've ever seen. He'll be down for awhile. I don't know what awhile is, but at this juncture, I'm hoping for a week or two. It could be more.

"It's a very significant ankle sprain. They've X-rayed it and it's not broken. He'll be out for a little while."

The Commodores return to practice Tuesday morning after getting the day off yesterday.

Tinsley gets pub on ESPN.com

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In ESPN.com's Weekly Watch, Vanderbilt junior guard Brad Tinsley was recognized in the "performances that wowed us" section. Brad Edgerton writes:
"So much for point guard being Vandy's weak link. Tinsley has really come on lately for the undermanned Commodores. In a one-point win over Marquette, he had 15 points and eight assists and hit a key bucket down the stretch. In a larger-than-expected 80-52 blowout of Davidson, he scored 14 and actually contributed 10 rebounds. Most importantly, Tinsley turned it over just once in each game."
In his first season starting at the point, Tinsley tops the SEC in assists per game (5.2) and ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). He also averages 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and leads the Dores with 15 steals.

Commodores in bracketology

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I don't put much stock into early projections for the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. We haven't even started SEC play yet.

But that doesn't mean we can't take a peek to see where the Commodores are listed at the moment.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Vanderbilt as a No. 5 seed in Tampa. View Bracket

SI.com's Andy Glockner thinks the Commodores would be a No. 6 seed in Tulsa. View Bracket

What you're missing on Twitter, Jan. 3

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The first edition of "What you're missing on Twitter" for people out there not using Twitter. Simple enough, right? Tweets from today:

(@darrenrovell) CNBC's Darren Rovell on NFL Playoffs tickets:
"Wild Card ticket averages @StubHub: Packers/Eagles ($251), Jets/Indy ($183), Saints/Seahawks ($146), Ravens/Chiefs ($120)"

(@BMullenSports) Tennessean's Bryan Mullen on the Predators:

"O'Reilly has broken fibula. Just spoke w/ Trotz. Said he's unsure if O'Reilly will need surgery. Will know more tomorrow."

(@NHL) National Hockey League on the Winter Classic game:

"2011 Bridgestone #NHL #WinterClassic most watched reg. season game in 36 years. Thanks for your support, NHL fans rule! http://bit.ly/dGEAnj"

(@TeresaMWalker) AP's Teresa Walker on the Titans:

"#Titans players want Jeff FIsher back as coach. Many also want VYoung back. Cannot see that happening in 2011."

(@espn4d) ESPN's Pat Forde on Maryland's new football coach:

"Randy Edsall says Maryland is his "dream job." True, I guess, if your dream is to flee UConn. Dude's been trying for years."

(@ESPNAndyKatz) ESPN's Andy Katz on Mississippi State basketball:

"No surprise by the announcement out of Mississippi State as Renardo Sidney is back on the team and Elgin Bailey will transfer. http://es.pn/fMv5mO"

(@AdamSchefter) ESPN's Adam Schefter on Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh:

"Worth noting: Jim Harbaugh does not have blind loyalty to Michigan. He still remembers being bypassed for Mich QB coaching job in 2002."

(@SEC_Hoops) SEC's Craig Pinkerton on AP basketball poll:

"Associated Press Poll: Kentucky up one spot to No. 10. Vandy up two spots to No. 22. Florida and Georgia among teams receiving votes."

(@ESPNLunardi) ESPN's Joe Lundari on his latest bracketology:

"And so it begins. The first "real" bracket of the season: http://es.pn/aQ3qsV"

(@sportsguy33) ESPN's Bill Simmons:

"No! She's 50? RT @si_vault: I'd like to honor one of our generation's true acting legends. Happy 50th, Andrea Zuckerman."

Postgame comments on injuries

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Men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings commented on the injuries to starters John Jenkins (concussion) and Andre Walker (sprained ankle) following the Commodores' 80-52 win over Davidson yesterday:
"Andre sprained his ankle on Friday and then John got hit in the head (Saturday) in the first 30 minutes of practice.

"John left his feet on a shot fake and the guy jumped into him.

"(For Saturday's SEC opener), my best guess would be that John will be okay and that Andre won't be okay. Andre could be awhile.

"We would like to be full strength but it's part of it. You have to control the things you can control and that's out of your control ... It would be nice to get everybody back when we finally do. Our guys have a done a good job. We just have to do the best we can with what we have."

Commodores Around the Web Monday (Jan. 3)

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My daily list of Commodore articles from around the web is up. The bulk of today's entry deals with the men's basketball team's rout of Davidson. Also, I picked Huey Lewis to deliver the song of the day in honor of my return. Around the Web

Dores' rise in Men's Basketball rankings

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With impressive nonconference wins over Marquette and Davidson, Vanderbilt's men's basketball team moved up two spots to No. 22 in the Associated Press rankings released today.

The Commodores (11-2) also entered the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll for the first time this season at No. 24. Kentucky is the only other SEC team ranked at the moment (AP No. 10 / Coaches No. 11) with Florida and Georgia receiving votes.

Vanderbilt will open its SEC slate Saturday at South Carolina (4 p.m. CT, ESPN2).

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NFL Playoffs schedule set

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Four former Commodores on the Chicago Bears -- wide receiver Earl Bennett, quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive back D.J. Moore, and left guard Chris Williams -- will finally get their first taste of the NFL Playoffs.

They'll also have a much-needed week off after finishing the grueling 17-week season atop the NFC North with an 11-5 record, good for second overall in the conference.

The Bears will open the playoffs against either Philadelphia, Seattle or New Orleans in Chicago on Sunday, January 16 (12 p.m. CT, FOX).

It's been a remarkable regular season run for the Bears, who most predicted to finish behind Green Bay and Minnesota in the division.

Also worth noting-- former Commodore safety Reshard Langford contributed to Kansas City's AFC West Division title. The Chiefs (10-6), the No. 4 seed in the AFC, will host No. 5 seed Baltimore in the opening round of the playoffs Sunday (12 p.m. CT, CBS).

Here's the playoff schedule for the first two weekends:

Wild-card weekend


Saturday, Jan. 8
NFC: New Orleans at Seattle (NBC), 3:30 p.m. CT
AFC: N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis (NBC), 7 p.m. CT

Sunday, Jan. 9
AFC: Baltimore at Kansas City (CBS), 12 p.m. CT
NFC: Green Bay at Philadelphia (FOX), 3:30 p.m. CT

Divisional playoffs

Saturday, Jan. 15
AFC: Indianapolis or Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh (CBS), 3:30 p.m. CT
NFC: Seattle or New Orleans or Green Bay at Atlanta (FOX), 7 p.m. CT

Sunday, Jan. 16
NFC: Philadelphia or Seattle or New Orleans at Chicago (FOX), 12 p.m. CT
AFC: Kansas City or Baltimore or N.Y. Jets at New England (CBS), 3:30 p.m. CT

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