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Coach: Jerry Stackhouse

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Team Summary

The Vanderbilt Commodores have gotten off to a rough start in the 2021-22 season. They currently sit at 11-9 on the year and have really struggled in conference action. They are in 10th place in the SEC and have a conference record of 3-5. Vanderbilt is five games out of the conference lead and so if they do not run the table then they will not be getting back to the NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt has really struggled over the past few seasons and this year does not look like it will be much different from the past.

Scotty Pippen Jr. leads the team in scoring with 18.6 points per game. Pippen Jr. also leads the team in assists with 3.3 per game. Jordan Wright is the main rebounder on the team as he grabs 5.8 rebounds a contest to lead the team.

Vanderbilt is scoring 68.6 points a game and they are allowing 64.7 points a game. Their defense is pretty solid but they are struggling to score on offense. They dish off 11.2 assists per game and they grab 34.3 rebounds a game. Both of those marks are below 300th in the country.

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Team History

The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team competes in the Southeastern Conference. Three SEC regular-season crowns (1965, 1974, and 1993) and two SEC Tournament titles have been won by the Commodores (1951 and 2012). They’ve played in 15 NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight once (1965) and the Sweet 16 six times (1965, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2004, and 2007).

Vanderbilt has competed in 11 National Invitation Tournaments, winning the first in 1990 and coming in second in 1994. Vanderbilt has struggled to win much even though they have been around for over 120 years. The Commodores are one of the longest standing power five conference programs in the country that has never been to a Final Four.

2022 Key Stats

Vanderbilt averages 68.6 points per game while allowing 64.7 points per game. Their defense is good, but they are having trouble scoring on offense. They average 11.2 assists per game and 34.3 rebounds per contest. Both of these scores are among the worst 300 in the country.

With 18.6 points per game, Scotty Pippen Jr. leads the club in scoring. With 3.3 assists per game, Pippen Jr. leads the club. Jordan Wright is the squad’s leading rebounder, averaging 5.8 rebounds per game to lead the team.

Championships Won by the Team

Despite Vanderbilt’s first season of men’s basketball being in 1900 the Commodores do not have a long track record of success. They have never won an NCAA title and they have not even come close to doing so. Their best run in the NCAA tournament consisted of them getting to the Elite Eight in 1965. Vanderbilt has won a few conference championships in their program history, however.

The Commodores won the conference tournament in 1927, 1951, and in 2012. They won their regular season conference championship in 1920, 1965, 1974, and in 1993. These conference titles are as close as the Commodores have gotten to winning a championship in their program history. Look for Vanderbilt to compete once again soon within the conference. They play in a loaded conference but Vanderbilt should soon be back to competing for titles.

Important Team Events

Memorial Gymnasium is where the Commodores play their home games. In the early 1950s, Memorial Gymnasium was constructed. A plaque honoring those who died is exhibited in the gym’s north foyer. It was dedicated as the campus monument to students and alumni slain in World War II.

There was a major controversy among the Vanderbilt community at the time of the gym’s construction regarding whether the institution should de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics and emphasis on its academic program. The gymnasium was intended to house only around 9,000 seats as a compromise between those who called for expanded athletic competition and others who fought for de-emphasis, and it would be easily adaptable to various uses—notably, as a prospective music hall.

As a result, the gymnasium floor was elevated above its surroundings, like a stage. In contrast to the little facility it replaced, where the walls were close along the sides and players might scrape their shoulders carrying the ball up the court, the out-of-bounds sections along the sidelines were quite broad. This required the benches being placed at the far end of the court, which was not uncommon at the time.

In addition, each goal was supported by two long beams linked to support columns, with cables running all the way to the gym’s ceiling providing additional support. Replacing these goals in the event of a backboard shattered beam fracture would be extremely difficult compared to the typical goal design at most sites.

The distinctive architecture of the Memorial Gym is well-known. The end-of-the-floor bench location is now unique in major college basketball, and SEC coaches who travel to Memorial, as well as coaches from other schools who have played at Vanderbilt as a postseason venue, have said that the unusual setup gives Vanderbilt a huge home-court advantage, because no other facility where opponents play is set up in this way.

Top Players

Shan Foster was one of Vanderbilt’s most talented players. Foster was quickly inserted into the Commodores’ starting lineup after choosing Vanderbilt over Kansas, Notre Dame, Illinois, and LSU. Foster scored 9.2 points per game as a freshman, shooting 44.5 percent from the three-point range. Foster’s game improved each year, averaging 15.9 points per game as a sophomore and 15.6 points per game as a junior. The Commodores, led by SEC Player of the Year Derrick Byars, concluded the regular season with a stunning 20-11 record and progressed to the Sweet Sixteen before being defeated by the Georgetown University Hoyas during his junior year.

Foster was considered one of the best long-range shooters in the NCAA and was labeled an All-American contender heading into his senior year. Foster led the Commodores to their greatest start in school history (16-0) with the aid of freshman sensation A. J. Ogilvy before succumbing to the Kentucky Wildcats in double overtime at Rupp Arena on January 12, 2008.

Foster avenged the defeat a month later when he scored 20 points against Kentucky on the Wildcats’ return to Nashville, leading to a devastating 93-52 win that was Kentucky’s worst loss since 1989 and their worst conference loss ever. Foster scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Commodores to a 72-69 victory against the then-number one Tennessee Volunteers at Memorial Gymnasium later that season. Foster was voted the 2008 SEC Player of the Year by both the SEC coaches and the Associated Press at the end of the regular season.

Top Coaches

Eddie Fogler was one of Vanderbilt’s most successful coaches. Fogler was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 1989 to 1994, leading the Commodores to an 81–48 record. With a 74–72 victory over St. Louis University, his 1989–90 squad won the NIT Championship. His 1992–93 squad finished 28-6, including a 14–2 SEC record, a trip to the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen,” and he was voted National Coach of the Year after capturing the SEC championship.

Vanderbilt earned two NIT trips and two NCAA Tournament bids during his four years as head coach. Following the success of the team’s 1992–93 season, Fogler moved on to South Carolina and this enraged many Vanderbilt supporters, who were dissatisfied with the school’s Athletic Director, Paul Hoolahan, and his handling of the situation.

In 1999, Kevin Stallings took over as head coach at Vanderbilt, succeeding Jan van Breda Kolff. The Commodores improved from a 14–15 record to a 19–11 record (Southeastern Conference: 8–8) in his first season. Dan Langhi, the SEC Player of the Year, led the conference with 22.1 points per game. With Stallings’ traditional combination of a strong outside shooting presence and a dominant post guy inside, the 2011–12 Vanderbilt squad was largely regarded as Vanderbilt’s best.

Vanderbilt reached its first SEC Tournament final since 1951, defeating Kentucky, the eventual national champion, 71–64. After defeating Harvard 79–70 in the second round, the Commodores were upset by Wisconsin in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. With a win over Lipscomb on November 15, 2013, Stallings surpassed Roy Skinner as Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest coach yet not of the March Madness.

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Vanderbilt Commodores FAQs

Who is Vanderbilt’s current head coach?

The current head coach at Vanderbilt is Jerry Stackhouse.

What conference does Vanderbilt play in?

Vanderbilt plays in the SEC.

When was the last time that Vanderbilt won a conference tournament?

The last time that Vanderbilt won a conference tournament was in 2012.

What year was the last year that Vanderbilt made it to the NCAA tournament?

The last season that Vanderbilt made the postseason was in 2017.

Who is the all-time winningest coach in Vanderbilt history?

Kevin Stallings won 332 games in his 17 seasons of coaching the team.

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