For those of you who've been nostalgic for the days when Vanderbilt was perceived as a low-to-cusp Top 25 team, congrats: After Sunday's disaster in Memorial, the Commodores are right back in the thick of the non-conversation, just like old times. A matter of months after becoming the first team in history to be knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round three times in a row when coming in as a 5-seed or better, Vanderbilt is once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons, falling 13 spots in the first regular-season Coaches' Poll to #20 and 11 spots in the AP Poll to #18.
Does it sting? Yes. Do we deserve this? Yes. Will this take the pressure of expectations off this team and allow them to forget about the hype and just loosen up and play hard? We'll find out soon enough.