Second, these seniors and Stallings have gone through major, major adversity over the past four years. Vanderbilt was an up-and-coming program when they entered in 2008. Rightly or wrongly, they were expected, given the level of talent they brought with them, to take this program to the next level. It has been a long and rocky road in that respect, with three early tournament exits and a number of blips of inconsistent play. They've wowed and they've crushed. Yesterday, they accomplished something that Vanderbilt has not been able to do in 60 years, and never since the SEC Tournament started again back in 1979. They did it in a huge way. The emotion and sheer relief of the event was apparent on Stallings face. He has perenially been dogged for this team's underachievements, and no doubt felt the pressure after a season of some disappointment. No more. This team did yet another thing that they had never done before to prove themselves different, and that's grab the brass ring. What a huge confidence boost and massive momentum shift heading into the NCAA tournament.
Third, Vanderbilt has thrown a major monkey off its back, and in an unexpected manner. No one thought we could win the SECT Championship this year, not with the way Kentucky dominated the field. For these seniors to show up, in the face of all that adversity, and to play Kentucky the way that they did and on the biggest stage in the conference, is just awe inspiring.
This was huge on so many levels, but there's just a couple. Sound off on your thoughts.