Saturday, March 3, 2012

Vanderbilt Falls to Volunteers 68-61

Tennessee is playing as well as anyone in America right now, but Vanderbilt did not put their best foot forward today. The Volunteers do what Cuonzo Martin teams do: play good defense. At the end of the day, however, this game was won at the free throw line where Tennessee was 21-27 as compared to Vanderbilt who was just 8-16 and who missed their first 7 attempts.

The Commodores will be no worse than a 4 seed in next week's SEC tournament, but for a few hours Vanderbilt fans will have to do something that is anathema to being a Commodore: root for Kentucky. If Florida beats the Wildcats tomorrow at the O-Dome, Vanderbilt will be the #4 seed and find themselves on the same side of the bracket as Kentucky. If they Wildcats get their 16th conference win, Vanderbilt will earn the #3 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Sound off, VSLNation


AspenVU said...

Last year's Fes never showed this year and JT only shows up about half the time. Frustrating, but this won't change in the next 2 tournaments. Glad we don't depend on SECT to get into the NCAA.

DoreDevil said...

Have to agree. A bummer 'cause this was gonna be our year.

Very puzzling about Taylor.

Andrew Smith said...

1. For all that we did badly, I think the key to that particular game was something no one has mentioned much: free throws.

They attempted 13 more of them and made 15 more. I doubt we have ever won a game under such conditions.

As I watched the game, I felt like many of their "blocks" would have been called fouls if we had done the same thing, but I'm a Vandy fan.

I spent the night dreaming up unlikely conspiracy theories whereby the SEC wanted an extra team in the NCAAs and thus handed UT a quality win and an SEC seed that might allow another couple wins, giving them a decent argument. I realize this is reasonably unlikely.

Whatever the actual cause, Stallings priority #1 needs to be figuring out why we took so many fewer free throws and making sure it does not repeat. Not ever.

Stanimal said...

We'll beat them on a neutral court if we can get through to a rematch against them.