Vanderbilt Improves to 5-0. Best Start since 1964-65.
Vanderbilt's men's basketball team looks like a team capable of an SEC Championship. This is the 40th anniversary of Commodore squad that captured the South Eastern Conference Championship and right now they look like a team on a mission.
Tonight the #21 team in the nation, the Commodores handled 14th ranked Tennessee in Thompson Boling Arena in a game televised on ESPNU 76 – 68 and the game marked the best start for a Vanderbilt team since the 1964-65 season. Coach Stallings certainly was well pleased and his post game comments about the team’s effort tonight certainly reflected his pleasure. Stallings, “Well played game by the entire team…might be the only team that can come in here and win.” With the win and Kentucky’s loss to South Carolina, Vanderbilt leads in the SEC East, 5-0.
Vanderbilt came in here having lost three previous times, twice last year by more than double digits and showed that this time they were physically ready. In a game that was rough, Vandy played with poise and determination. Every time Tennessee tried to get something started Vandy had an answer. Vandy shot over 50 percent for the game and Tennessee previously had been holding opponents to around 38 percent.
Vandy leaves the victor in a very impressive road victory in a very difficult place to win and now goes to play a Kentucky Wildcat team on the road. No doubt Kentucky will want to show that they are still the Top Cats in the SEC. Meanwhile Vandy is way out in front of where anyone thought they would be at this point of the season. Vandy improves to 16-3.
Vanderbilt’s Jermaine Beal led all Commodores with 25 points. Vandy had five players in double figures. Olgilvy had 12, Taylor, Tinsley and Jenkins had 10 each.
Tennessee was led by Prince with 22, Hopson with 14 and Maze with 12. The big surprise was how the Dores were able to hold Chism to 8 points.Vanderbilt will now play Kentucky in a nationally televised game with a 3pm start time on Saturday and now has won 10 straight.