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Zac Stacy traded to Jets

Zac Stacy traded to Jets

Posted on 06 May 2015 by Allen

Zac Stacy

Vanderbilt’s All-Time leading rusher Zac Stacy is now a New York Jet. After the Rams picked Todd Gurley in the first round of last weekend’s NFL Draft the team shipped Stacy off to the Big Apple for a seventh round draft pick.

After a storied career at Vanderbilt Zac Stacy had a breakout rookie season in 2013 for the Rams rushing for 973 yards and 7 touchdowns in only 13 games. Last season the former Commodore star mustered only 293 yards and was benched in favor or rookie Tre Mason after week 4.

When it was announced St. Louis had picked Gurley Stacy tweeted “Yikes” and allegedly asked for a trade which was granted the next day.

Stacy will have to compete with Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Bilal Powell, and Daryl Richardson in New York. Ivory led the Jets in rushing in 2014. Ridley was signed away from the Patriots but is coming off of knee surgery. It’s thought that Stacy was brought in just in case Ridley doesn’t come back at 100%.

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Cunningham transfer to Cincinnati

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Cunningham transfer to Cincinnati

Posted on 02 May 2015 by Allen

Jordan Cunningham

Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Cunningham has transferred to Cincinnati. The former top recruit under old coach James Franklin never did mesh with Derek Mason and left the team in the middle of the season last year. Cunningham will have to sit out next season then be able to play in 2016.

Cunningham was a four star receiver who picked Vandebilt over Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and several other big time programs. Ironically enough the former Dore receiver will catch passes from Gunner Kiel, a former Vanderbilt recruit who decided to go to Notre Dame last minute before transferring after his freshman year.

Vanderbilt is pretty thin at receiver and the loss of Cunningham won’t help new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.

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Dores sweep Mizzou

Dores sweep Mizzou

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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No. 14 Mizzou baseball dropped its series finale at No. 8 Vanderbilt on Sunday (April 26) at Hawkins Field. Vanderbilt scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past the Tigers, who stranded eight men on base and squandered a great outing from junior right Peter Fairbanks (St. Louis, Mo.), who scattered five hits over 6.1 innings with just two runs. He struck out four and walked just two.

Mizzou’s 3-4-5 hitters – Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.), Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) and Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga. – each tallied two hits with Lester clubbing his fourth homer of the season in the sixth inning. Mizzou left 27 runners on base in the three-game series. It is the first time Mizzou has been swept in SEC play this season.

Fairbanks was sensational through the first four innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, facing the minimum through four innings. Mizzou threatened to score in the fourth, putting runners on the corners with no outs but couldn’t get a run across. The Tigers then had two men on in the fifth and couldn’t capitalize. The Tigers stranded six runners through five innings.

Zander Wiel then got to Fairbanks in the fifth, launching a solo shot to left center on the first pitch Fairbanks threw in the frame, staking the Commodores to a 1-0 lead. He pitched out of the fifth, allowing just two hits through five, unfortunately one left the yard.

But as quick as Vanderbilt jumped on top, the Tigers tied the game. Just like Wiel did, Lester jumped on the first pitch that Buehler threw in the sixth for a solo homer over the bleachers in right field. It was his fourth homer of the season and it tied the game at 1-1. Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) then singled in the next at-bat, but the Tigers couldn’t get anything else going.

Mizzou took the lead on a two-out, RBI single by Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) who knocked in Jack Klages (St. Louis, Mo.) on a hard-hit ball back up the middle. Klages led off the frame with a single before advancing to third as he reached base in three plate appearances Sunday.

Vanderbilt then tied the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame after Faribanks put runners on second and third with just one out. Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) did a great job of pitching Mizzou out of that jam, getting the final two outs of the seventh inning, including a strikeout looking of Vandy catcher Karl Ellison to strand the go-ahead run at third base.

Mizzou then got into trouble in the eighth inning as a hit and an error on a sacrifice attempt put runners on the corners with no outs. Then, with the bases loaded, Dansby Swanson roped a Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.) pitch off the wall in left for a two-run, go-ahead double. Vandy added another run on a two-out single by Will Toffey and took a 5-2 lead into the ninth. Mizzou went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning as Vandy completed the sweep.

The Dores will return to the diamond on Tuesday at Rose Park to take on Belmont at 5 p.m.

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Mitchell transfers to Clemson

Mitchell transfers to Clemson

Posted on 22 April 2015 by Allen

Mr Commodore

Shelton Mitchell, a 6-3 guard at Vanderbilt University last season, has signed a financial aid agreement to transfer to Clemson. Head Coach Brad Brownell made the announcement Monday. Per NCAA rules, Mitchell is required to sit out the 2015-16 season but has three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2016-17.

“We’re excited Shelton has decided to join our program,” Brownell said. “Our staff has known him a long time; we recruited him throughout his high school career. He’s a true point guard with great vision and passing skills, and loves to get others involved. Our guys will enjoy playing with him. He’s been a part of winning teams, both at the high school level and at Vanderbilt.”

A native of Waxhaw, N.C., Mitchell appeared in 31 games for the Commodores as a freshman in 2014-15. He earned 11 starting assignments and averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 assists per game Mitchell posted 103 assists for the season, tied for second in Vanderbilt history for a freshman.

Mitchell’s top game was a 46-minute effort against Yale on Jan. 3. He turned in 15 points and eight assists, season highs for both categories. He followed with a 10-point, five-rebound, four-assist performance in the Commodores’ SEC opener against Auburn. In all, Mitchell posted five or more assists in eight games at Vandy.

Mitchell was the NCPreps.com AA Player of the Year and Charlotte Observer Region Player of the Year in 2013 at Cuthbertson High School. He scored over 1,400 points and averaged 19.2 per game in three seasons, before transferring to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) for his final campaign.

It’s believed that with the emergence of Wade Baldwin at point guard Mitchell was unhappy about playing time and chose to go somewhere where he will be able to be on the court.

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MTSU announces homecoming game with Vandy Oct 3rd

MTSU announces homecoming game with Vandy Oct 3rd

Posted on 10 April 2015 by Allen

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The Middle Tennessee Athletics Department announced today three promotions for the upcoming 2015 Blue Raider football season. Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Salute to Armed Services/Veterans Day have all been decided.

“We have a tremendous home schedule this season and feel we have put together a very exciting promotional plan that our fans will enjoy,” said Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. “Homecoming is our premier event and this year’s has added incentive with neighboring rival Vanderbilt coming to town. This should provide a wonderful incentive for all our alumni to gather on campus and meet up with old friends. “Family weekend is always special on campus and our Salute to Armed Services promotion is one of the best in the country. We are always looking to enhance our fan experience and Floyd Stadium in 2015 will be the best yet.”

The Vanderbilt game on October 3 will serve as Homecoming. Middle Tennessee and Vandy will be meeting for the first time since 2005 and the first time in Murfreesboro since 1920. The Blue Raiders own a current three-game winning streak over the Commodores but VU leads the overall series 12-3. The Commodores will be just the second SEC team to play in Floyd Stadium and first since Mississippi State in 2009.

“The Vanderbilt game is special as it is a member of the SEC and will mark the first time this prestigious institution has played football in Murfreesboro in 95 years,” added Massaro.

The Blue Raiders own a mark of 51-22-2 all-time on Homecoming and have won six straight against in-state schools. The parade and other Homecoming details will be announced at a later date.

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Dores win at UGA, 9-7

Dores win at UGA, 9-7

Posted on 04 April 2015 by Allen

Carson Fulmer

Top-ranked Vanderbilt edged Georgia 9-7 Friday in the opening game of an SEC series in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,551.

The Commodores (26-7, 8-2 SEC) jumped out 3-0 in the first compliments of a two-out three-run double by Will Toffey. In fact, Vanderbilt would score all nine of their runs Friday with two outs and led 9-2 at one point before the Bulldogs (18-13, 5-5 SEC) climbed back in the contest. The Commodores loaded the bases in the first on a hit batter, walk and single and then Bulldog right-hander Sean McLaughlin battled back to strike out Zander Wiel and Bryan Reynolds before Toffey delivered. In the second, the Commodores struck again with two outs, this time a two-run double from Dansby Swanson to make it 5-0.

With a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, Georgia sophomore centerfielder Stephen Wrenn extended his streak of reaching base safely to all 31 games this season. In the bottom of the second, junior Daniel Nichols (2-for-3, 2 RBI) reached on a four-pitch walk. Then, freshman Keegan McGovern made it 5-2 when he blasted the first pitch he saw from Carson Fulmer 405 feet over the centerfield fence for his third home run of the year.
Toffey blooped a two-out run-scoring single to shallow left field for a 6-2 lead in the fifth. Vanderbilt pushed across three more two-out runs in the sixth as Georgia made a pair of throwing errors. The Bulldogs had a two-out rally of their own in the sixth, scoring three runs to cut the deficit to 9-5. Trevor Kieboom started the scoring with an RBI-single and Mike Bell (2-for-4, 2 RBI) followed with a two-run single. Fulmer battled back to retire Wrenn to leave the bases loaded. Georgia trimmed the margin to 9-7 in the seventh with a two-run single by Nichols off reliever Philip Pfeifer. Georgia had runners at second and third but the left-hander came back to strikeout Kieboom and retired Bell to maintain the lead.

Fulmer went six innings for the win to improve to 5-1 despite allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Coming in Friday, Fulmer had a 1.50 ERA and had surrendered just seven earned runs in 42 innings on the season. McLaughlin dropped to 3-2 as he gave up nine runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings and tied his career-high with seven strikeouts. Pfiefer picked up his fourth save, pitching the final three innings and allowing two run with four walks and six strikeouts.

“The bottom line is we have to make more plays because when you play the number one team in the country, you have to play clean baseball,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “We got in a hole early, and we made a lot of loud outs and battled to the very end. We got 10 hits off a couple guys that are going to be Big Leaguers. You have to tip your cap to Vanderbilt, they got all nine of their runs with two outs, and that’s why they’re the No. 1 team. I thought Daniel Nichols played a great game for us and Sean, Zach Waters and Jared Cheek competed well on the mound. Sean’s pitch count was up early in the game, and he still hung in there and got us to the sixth inning.”

The series continues Saturday with first pitch slated for 2:05 (SEC Network+).

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Vandy tops St. Mary’s in NIT

Vandy tops St. Mary’s in NIT

Posted on 19 March 2015 by Allen

Riley Lachance Vandy

The Commodres ended the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team’s season Wednesday as a first half run by visiting Vanderbilt put the Gaels in a hole they couldn’t climb out of and SMC fell 75-64 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at McKeon Pavilion.

Garrett Jackson scored 23 to lead Saint Mary’s (21-10). Brad Waldow added 12 points and 13 rebounds while Aaron Bright chipped in with 17 points. Sophomore center Damian Jones led Vanderbilt (20-13) with 21 points on 10 of 14 shooting.

Vanderbilt built an eight-point lead by halftime, and although the Gaels got off to the better start, it was the Commodores who took control for long stretches of the first 20 minutes. Bright capped a 7-2 run for SMC to start the game, and a dunk by Waldow made it 15-7 Gaels with just over six minutes elapsed.

Saint Mary’s maintained that eight-point advantage with 11 minutes to play but a 13-0 Vanderbilt run erased the Gaels’ advantage and gave the Commodores the lead. A layup by James Siakam with 6:50 left made it 24-19 Vanderbilt, and the visitors only continued to grow that lead, taking a 36-28 lead into the break thanks to a 3-pointer by Wade Baldwin IV with 31 seconds left.

How SMC managed to fall behind was reflected in the stat sheet. Although the Gaels outrebounded the Commodores 9-0 to start the game, Vanderbilt recovered in that area and only trailed 19-17 on the boards at the break. And, cold shooting played a part, as Saint Mary’s was just 1 for 9 from beyond the arc in the first half and made just eight field goals to Vanderbilt’s 15.

Looking to make up its deficit coming out of halftime, Saint Mary’s couldn’t make the inroads it hoped for in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Instead, Vanderbilt held on to the same eight-point lead it had when the half began, maintaining a 51-43 margin midway through the period.

A jumper by Bright brought Saint Mary’s within six with 6:43 to play, but Jones responded with another bucket down low to put Vanderbilt back up 57-49. And, every time the Gaels tried to cut into the Commodores’ lead, the visitors had the answer, keeping SMC from getting within six. Saint Mary’s ended up with the rebounding edge (40 to 33) but shot just 38 percent to Vanderbilt’s 49. The Gaels went 3 for 18 from 3-point range for the game.

“We didn’t play great, but we didn’t play bad,” Saint Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett said. “We turned it over too much in the first half and we didn’t shoot it well but we played. We brought it. We just got beat by a team that was better than us tonight.”

Wednesday’s game marked the final appearance in a Gaels uniform for all five of Saint Mary’s starters — Waldow, Kerry Carter, Garrett Jackson, Bright and Desmond Simmons. For Waldow, the game closed the book on one of the great careers in SMC history. The big man finished in the top five all-time in scoring, rebounds, blocked shots, games played and games started. With a bucket late in the second half, Waldow passed David Vann (1978-82) for fourth on the all-time scoring chart.

Vanderbilt will host South Dakota State in the next round of the NIT on Friday.

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Vols rally to top Dores, 67-61

Vols rally to top Dores, 67-61

Posted on 12 March 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee rallied from two different double-figure deficits in the second half to pull off a 67-61 win in the SEC Tournament Second Round on Thursday night.

The Vols (16-15) finished the game on a 20-2 run over the final 6:20 to advance to the SEC Quarterfinals and a date with #2 seed Arkansas on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. That game airs on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Vol Network.

Tennessee came back from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to get within two points, and made the full comeback from a 12-point deficit to win the game.

Robert Hubbs III knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:10 left in the game to put the Vols ahead ahead for good at 64-61. That was the Vols’ first lead in more than 27 minutes. The Vols then forced a shot clock violation with 1:34 left. Kevin Punter made a pair of free throws with 1:05 remanning to push the Vols’ lead to 66-61.

Volunteer senior Josh Richardson tallied a game-high 22 points to stand with 1,230 in his career, 30th all-time at Tennessee. He scored 15 of those points in the second half.

Sophomore Robert Hubbs III tied his career-high with 16 points.

Junior Devon Baulkman had his second-best scoring game of the season with 12 points.

Vanderbilt (19-13) was led by Damian Jones, who his had his first double-double since the season opener, with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Wade Baldwin IV netted 16 points.

The Commodores had their a five-game winning streak snapped as they hit only one of their final 10 shots and turned it over five times down the stretch.

Tennessee was mired in foul trouble all game, but amazingly did not have a play foul out. Armani Moore and Derek Reese played the final 15 minutes with four fouls and were joined by Willie Carmichael with four fouls with 11:46 left in the game.

Vanderbilt scored the first six points of the second half to open a 44-32 lead less than two minutes into the action.

Baulkman kept the Vols close in the first half as he tallied 10 points as Tennessee trailed the Commodores, 38-32, at intermission. Hubbs knocked down a 3-pointer as the first half expired to cut UT’s deficit to six.

Jones led Vanderbilt with 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in the first half.

Vanderbilt connected on four first-half 3-pointers and shot 52.2 percent from the floor to open a double-figure lead in the final minutes of the half.

Tennessee used a 9-0 run to take an 18-16 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. But Vanderbilt responded with an 11-0 spurt to grab a 27-18 advantage with 5:38 to go in the half as Tennessee failed to score on seven consecutive possessions.

The Vols foul trouble started early as both Moore and Reese picked up three fouls in the game’s first 14 minutes. The Vols were whistled for 11 first-half fouls while Vanderbilt was called for five.

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2015 SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

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2015 SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

Posted on 08 March 2015 by Allen

2015 SEC Tournament

The field is set for the 2015 SEC Tournament in Nashville. The games begin on Wednesday with Mississippi State vs. Auburn and South Carolina vs. Missouri.

Thursday the games kick off at noon with Alabama vs Florida who play for the right to play Kentucky on Friday. The big game locally Thursday will feature Vanderbilt against Tennessee at 6 PM CT. The winner of that game gets Arkansas on Friday evening.

With their loss to Vandy on Saturday Ole Miss fell from a #3 seed all the way to #6. The Rebels will play the winner of Missouri vs. South Carolina Thursday night.

All the games will be televised live on the SEC Network until the Semifinals on Saturday. The Semis and Finals will be broadcast on ESPN.

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Dores spoil Ole Miss Senior Night

Dores spoil Ole Miss Senior Night

Posted on 08 March 2015 by Allen

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Five Rebels scored in double figures, led by senior forward M.J. Rhett, who finished with a career-high 18 points, but Ole Miss (20-11, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) was unable to overcome a hot shooting night from Vanderbilt in an 86-77 loss Saturday night at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Playing on Senior Night, Rhett was joined in double figures by two of his fellow seniors, guards Jarvis Summers (16 points) and LaDarius White (10 points), as well as junior guard Stefan Moody (14 points) and sophomore forward Sebastian Saiz (12 points).

The Commodores (19-12, 9-9 SEC) shot a blistering 54.4 percent (30-for-55) from the field and 56.4 percent (13-for-23) from 3-point range. Freshman guard Riley LaChance led the barrage with a game-high 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, to go along with eight assists.

“They put on a clinic,” head coach Andy Kennedy said. “They had been shooting the ball well, close to 50 percent, from 3 over their last three or four games. They’re as good a shooting team as we have faced, maybe in my nine years here with different guys who can stretch you. Basketball is a game of rhythm. You have to disrupt theirs and establish yours, and we did neither.”

Vanderbilt led by as many as 13 and took a 46-33 lead into halftime. The Commodores were 9-for-15 from 3-point range in the half, including a runner off the glass as time expired. Vanderbilt used runs of 11-0 and 8-0 to build a 13-point lead at the under-8 media timeout.

Ole Miss battled back to within six, 37-31, with 2:12 left, before Vanderbilt answered with back-to-back 3-pointers as part of a 9-2 run to end the half.

“They have really good shooters,” Kennedy said. “We tried to recruit a couple of them, and when they’re open, we told our guys that they’re going to make them. The thing that stuck out to was 25 assists off 30 made field goals. They just beat us with ball movement, and we had breakdown after breakdown after breakdown, and then they got into a big-time rhythm, and it was hard for us to get them out of it.”

Looking to cut back into the Vanderbilt lead, Ole Miss got to within eight on two occasions, but both times, the Commodores had an answer, pushing to the 59-49 with 15:32 left.

The Rebels made a late run, getting to within 11 after a 6-0 run midway through the second half and later got to within 10 at the last media timeout, but they were unable to get any closer than the 86-77 final score.

Vanderbilt will be the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Commodores will play Tennessee Thursday evening. Ole Miss finished in a four-way tie for third place in the SEC standings, but by virtue of a tiebreaker, the Rebels will be No. 6 seed. They await the winner of No. 11 seed South Carolina and No. 14 Missouri in the nightcap of Thursday’s second-round games.

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Could Vanderbilt make the 2015 NCAA Tournament?

Could Vanderbilt make the 2015 NCAA Tournament?

Posted on 05 March 2015 by Allen

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After starting the year 11-3 Vanderbilt fans were cautiously optimistic that they would be able to make the 2015 NCAA Tournament. But after losing their next 7 games in SEC play it seemed that it would be another year or two for the young team to come together and make it back to the big dance. Now after a stretch of a 7-2 run it appear the Commodores are inching their way towards the bubble headed into the SEC Tournament. With an 18-12 record the team is getting hot at the right time.

Last night the team rallied back from an early double digit to pick up their fourth straight win over Mississippi State. On Saturday the team will head to Oxford to play a very good Ole Miss team that is also on the bubble. The Rebels are 20-10 with a road win over Arkansas and most impressively, took Kentucky to overtime in Lexington. A win over Ole Miss is crucial if Vanderbilt wants to have any chance of making it to the NCAA Tournament.

After losing Kedren Johnson and Dai-Jon Parker last summer many thought Vandy would be in rebuilding mode this season. Kevin Stallings would have to turn to freshman Shelton Mitchell, Wade Baldwin, Riley LaChance Jeff Roberson, and Michael Fisher-Davis for a lot of minutes. Roberson, LaChance, and Baldwin would even go on to start for the majority of the year. In addition to the freshman, the Dores were counting on a lot of offense from sophomores Damian Jones and Luke Korent. The only senior to get a lot of playing time was James Siakim, a role player who wasn’t really known as a scoring threat last year. It took until February but the young team has started to gel and have found their rhythm just in time for March Madness.

Depending on how the game against Ole Miss shakes out the Commodores will be anywhere from a seven to a ten seed. Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt are all clumped together and the seeding won’t be determined until Saturday night after each team plays their last game. Florida plays Kentucky, so that’s likely a loss. Alabama plays at Texas A&M and Tennessee plays South Carolina at home.

The teams seeded 11-14 play on Wednesday and won’t impact Vanderbilt. With the way the bracket is set up in Nashville #8 plays #9 and #10 plays #7. Stallings’ squad will play. Florida, Alabama, or Tennessee. The Dores split with Florida and Tennessee but swept the Tide. If the Commodores win they will have to play Kentucky or Arkansas in the next round depending on how the seeding shakes out.

In order to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament Vanderbilt will have to beat Ole Miss to get to 19 wins. A win in on Thursday in the SEC Tournament gets them to 20 on the year. Twenty wins is that mythical number that most experts agree gets you on the bubble. If the Dores can get a win on Thursday and then again on Friday against Kentucky or Arkansas you have to think they have made their case. A win over Kentucky would most likely get them in and a win over the Hogs would look great on the resume when you combine it with seven straight. They could just run the table and end all doubt but that’s easier said than done.

A lot could happen and we won’t really know for sure until next Sunday when the NCAA Tournament brackets are announced just who will get in. But considering where Vanderbilt was in February you have to be happy that the the team is peaking at the right time.

Let the March Madness begin.

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Vandy rallies to beat Bama 73-66

Vandy rallies to beat Bama 73-66

Posted on 01 March 2015 by Allen

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Vanderbilt put a crazy sequence of events behind them from their win over UT on Wednesdat Saturday when they came from behind to beat the Crimson Tide at home. The Alabama men’s basketball team saw an 11-point halftime lead slip away as the Vanderbilt Commodores captured a 73-66 come-from-behind victoryon Saturday evening at Memorial Gym. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 17-12 and 7-9 in SEC play.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. “Vanderbilt in the second half was outstanding. From an offensive stand point we had a tough time getting stops and matching up. They did a great job with the ball movement and being able to get threes. The run they went on in the second half, obviously you look at it and we weren’t able to handle that. I thought earlier in the half we got some good looks that we couldn’t get to fall to answer their run. Give them credit, I thought their defensive intensity picked up and forced us into some turnovers that we didn’t commit in the first half, which led to opportunities for them.”

Alabama played a near flawless first half to build an impressive 38-27 halftime lead. However, Vanderbilt began the second half on a 20-3 run over the first 9:13 to seize a 47-41 lead with 10:47 remaining in the contest. The Commodores (17-9, 7-9) were red-hot to start the half, hitting six of their first seven three-point attempts.

Alabama stayed within striking distance, cutting the Vanderbilt lead to three points on a couple of occasions. However, the Commodores knocked down 18-of-21 free throws in the second half, including 12 consecutive down over the final 6:48 to seal the victory.

“We weren’t in a fouling situation so they got 25 free throws (for the game) to our 10,” Grant said. “There’s a big difference there. Down the stretch it was a two possession game with a couple of minutes to play and we needed to put up some stops and get some rebounds, but we weren’t able to do that. You have to give Vanderbilt some credit.”

Alabama started the game out strong on the back of its defense, holding Vanderbilt scoreless until its seventh possession of the contest. The Tide forced six turnovers, recording five steals, and scored 10 points off turnovers in the first half to the Commodores one.

With the Tide leading 16-13 with 8:36 left in the opening stanza, Alabama went on a 13-3 run over the next 3:51 to take a 29-16 lead. As a result, Alabama held a 38-27 at halftime. It was the Tide’s highest scoring first half in conference play this year.

Junior guard Retin Obasohan led Alabama with 16 points, 13 of which came in the opening 20 minutes. Senior guard Levi Randolph finished with 13 points, Rodney Cooper scored 12 and Michael Kessens added 10 points off the bench to give the Tide four players in double-digits. Riley Norris secured a team-leading 10 rebounds.

Wade Baldwin IV led the Commodores with 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Vanderbilt also finished with four players in double-digits and made 11 three-pointers.

The Crimson Tide returns home for the final time this season on Tuesday, March 3. Alabama will face the Ole Miss Rebels on Senior Day at 6 p.m. CTin Coleman Coliseum. Vandy will host Mississippi State Wednesday at Memorial Gym in Nashville.

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Dores top Bama 76-68 on the road

Dores top Bama 76-68 on the road

Posted on 15 February 2015 by Allen

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The Alabama men’s basketball team fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores by a final score of 76-68 on Saturday night inside Coleman Coliseum.

The game was decided over the final 4:20, as Vanderbilt went on a 15-5 run to end the contest, turning a 63-61 Alabama lead into an eight-point victory for the Commodores. As a result, Vanderbilt (14-11, 4-8 SEC) secured their first road conference win of the season.

“Give Vanderbilt credit,” head coach Anthony Grant said. “They came in and played awfully well today. Shot the ball extremely well. We weren’t good enough defensively and that really is the story of the game.”

Alabama (15-10, 5-7 SEC) took a one-point lead to the locker room at halftime, 33-32. The Tide was on a 12-3 run when a shooting foul and a technical foul with two seconds left in the half gave Vanderbilt four points off of free throws. Alabama dominated the boards in the first half, securing 10 offensive rebounds to Vanderbilt’s one and putting up a dozen second-chance points.

The game, which featured six ties and 11 lead changes throughout, continued to be close throughout the second half. Alabama led for a majority of the final 20 minutes, but could never pull away as the Commodores had an answer for every Crimson Tide bucket. The teams traded baskets over the next five minutes until Vanderbilt broke away with just over four minutes to play.

Vanderbilt started an 8-0 run with 4:20 left in the game to take a 69-63 lead, but sophomore forward Shannon Hale stopped the run with a three-point basket to keep the Tide within three with 1:34 left to play. However, the Commodores connected on 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Senior guard Levi Randolph scored all of his team-leading 15 points after intermission. Randolph connected on 5-of-7 buckets from the floor, while freshman Justin Coleman added a pair of threes as well.

Hale and Obasohan, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a right hand infection, each finished with 10 points. Cooper and Coleman finished with seven points each. Cooper now needs just two points to reach 1,000 in his career. Alabama, which outrebounded Vanderbilt 38-30, had five players with five or more rebounds led by freshman Riley Norris’ eight boards. Randolph collected seven while Hale and Jimmie Taylor each grabbed six.

“Our guys have to understand and have to get to the point where we realize the magnitude of our effort and our focus and what we really value every time we step in between the lines,” Grant said. “Today we didn’t do what I felt like we were capable of today. Again, I don’t want to take anything away from Vanderbilt’s effort. I thought they were really good, but we’ve got to be a lot better than that from a defensive standpoint if we expect to be able to win.”

The Commodores’ 76 points are the most the Tide has allowed at home since Jan. 25 of last year when they gave up 80 to LSU.

The Commodores were led by Damian Jones’ 20 points and James Siakam’s six rebounds. Vanderbilt had five players score in double-digits.

Alabama will play its third road game in four contests when it travels for a rematch against in-state rival Auburn next Tuesday night. Tipoff for Tuesday’s contest is set for 8 p.m. CT and will air on ESPNU.

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LaChance earns SEC Freshman of the Week honors (again)

LaChance earns SEC Freshman of the Week honors (again)

Posted on 09 February 2015 by Allen

Riley Lachance Vandy

Vanderbilt’s Riley LaChance, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound guard from Brookfield, Wisc., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and two steals in wins over Florida and South Carolina. The Wisconsin native has already won the award twice this year.

The SEC’s leading freshman scorer, LaChance led the Commodores in scoring in each of their games last week. He made 4-of-7 shots from behind the3-point arc to lead Vanderbilt with 15 points and six rebounds against Florida. He followed that up with 19 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists against South Carolina.

Vanderbilt will face rival Tennessee Wednesday night in Memorial Gym at 8 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.

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