Well, Vanderbilt could’ve been better last year. Despite a 15-16 (7-11 SEC) record overall, the vast majority of their games were pretty tight. The SEC is a lousy basketball conference so their conference wins don’t mean all that much. But they still made progress on the defensive side of the ball, which is how they win games; this was the lowest-scoring team in the SEC. Cornell transfer Nolan Cressler could help a lot if ruled eligible to play. Leading scorer Eric McClellan (14.3 PPG) is back to take a step forward, as should center Damian Jones (11.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG). It will be key for them to produce more offensively somehow.
The Vanderbilt Commodores operate under coach Kevin Stallings at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Commodores have had a couple down years but have enjoyed the last decade as a whole, making the NCAA Tournament five of six seasons between 2006 and 2012. In 2004 and 2007 they reached the Sweet Sixteen. They even came into the 2011-12 season ranked at #7, and although they would lose in their second game of the NCAA Tournament, they won the SEC Tournament right before that. Overall Vandy’s made 13 Tournament appearances and six Sweet Sixteens, with just one Elite Eight in 1965. 19 Commodores made it to the NBA, including Festus Ezeli, Clyde Lee, Will Perdue, Charles Davis, and John Jenkins. Get your Vanderbilt basketball tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!