No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 15 Delaware State

By Jeff Lippman - March 18, 2007

This game is a battle between big time and small time.

Everything about Vanderbilt says they will win this game. The Commodores are nationally ranked and have a record of 27-5. They are coming off one of the biggest wins in program history when they defeated LSU to take the SEC Tournament title. Led by two seniors who know how to win big games, forward Carla Thomas (16.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and point guard Dee Davis, the smooth floor leader, Vanderbilt should not have that much trouble with DSU's defense.

Delaware State hasn't been here before. This is their first NCAA Tournament game, and it shows. Even their warm up jerseys look like hand-me-downs compared to Vandy's sleek Nike's. The band is dressed in T-shirts that look like they were pressed at one of those Ocean City beach novelty gift stores with signs that read, "T's, 7 for a $10."

The Hornets are led by junior guard Raquel "Rocky" Collier, who averages 13.5 points and five rebounds a game. To get here, DSU won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament and come in with a record of 20-12 overall.

The Hornets do not have wins against any teams in the NCAA Tournament, and have lost to tourney teams Old Dominion, Texas A&M and North Carolina pretty badly.

No, it doesn't look good for the Hornets, but they are here and that is what matters. That is why they play the games.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:15 AM on March 18, 2007

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