Second Season Begins: Vanderbilt gets a quick test in the new semester, traveling to Jonesboro, Ark., for Arkansas State's Mid-Winter Classic Friday through Sunday.
Happy Memories: The tournament, stacked with strong Central Division teams, has been good to the Commodores the past two years with a pair of first-place finishes. A year ago the `Dores moved from third on Friday to second on Saturday and topped the hosts twice to take the title.
The Field Arkansas State, Alabama A & M, Alabama State, Alabama-Birmingham, Central Missouri, Elmhurst, Jackson State, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Prairie View, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The Highly Rated: Six of the nation's top 10 teams are here. Central Missouri had a tremendous fall and earned it's first-ever No. 1 national ranking. Vanderbilt ended its fall rated third, Sam Houston State was fourth, Nebraska sixth, Arkansas State seventh and Whitewater ninth.
Tourney Format: In what is becoming pretty standard style, Friday has five, 5-game Bakers that start at 12:20 p.m. Saturday moves to five traditional games at 9:40 a.m. and Sunday's championship Baker bracket opens at 8:30 a.m. in the best four-of-seven matches.
Coach John Williamson Says: "We ended the fall season with some good momentum and it will be interesting to see if we maintain it against this very good and deep field. We always look forward to competing against high caliber opposition and we will find that here."
USTREAM: Fans looking to follow the Commodores this weekend may do so via Vanderbilt's USTREAM channel. Fans are cautioned that, unfortunately, USTEAM is as effective as the bowling center's wireless connection. Watch