What happened on Sunday was completely inexcusable.
There is never an excuse for a top-10 team, or even a top-25 team, to lose a game at home against an unranked mid-major opponent by double digits. Doing so makes me conjure up words that are far from appropriate for this blog.
Simply put, at some point this team has to grow up. This has been a recurring thing with this group of seniors, and I put ALL of the focus on the seniors because it's THEIR responsibility to make sure that they're legacy is not completely wasted. They have the clout over the rest of the team and they are expected to demonstrate some leadership.
But the way that they played on Sunday was a complete travesty. No other way to put it. No Vanderbilt fan should have to accept the type of unprepared and uninspired play we saw on Sunday. If we are going to see that kind of play, and the lack of maturity and mental toughness that has been, dare I say, a staple of this group for the past three years, well then you can't expect fans to believe in you.
They are in control of their own destiny. They didn't lose that game for lack of their own talent or ability. They lost it because they decided they could win simply by showing up. And once again, an inferior team came out and punched them in the mouth. As my football coach put it back in the day, "have some intestinal fortitude."
Time to grow up Gentlemen, or face being the most disappointing group of players in Vanderbilt Basketball history.