First year head coach Bryce Drew has pushed his team to the limit.
The Dores (19-15) headed into Saturday’s semi-final matchup with Arkansas riding a high after beating Florida for the third time this year. Unfortunately, that’s where their SEC road ended. Arkansas outscored Vandy in the second half 41-31, to go on to a 76-62 victory,
The focus now shifts to the big dance. Can the Commodores get an at-large NCAA Tournament bid with 15 losses on the season? It’s something that has never been done in the history of March Madness. But parts of their resume gives them a solid argument.
Yes. Vanderbilt should be in as of right now, almost guarantees a spot if they beat Arkansas tonight. https://t.co/hebvNVJ6rw
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) March 11, 2017
Burns tweeted this before knowing the outcome against the Razorbacks but the SEC analyst gave some hope to Vandy fans. It really comes down to the three wins over the Gators and victories over South Carolina and Arkansas in the regular season. The Dores have shown spurts of really good basketball. They also have shown that they can become flat like they did against Arkansas.
The selection committee wants teams that can be reliable, and Vandy doesn’t necessary pop off of the page in consistency.
Another thing that is pulling the Dores down is their 20 point loss to the (7-17) Missouri Tigers. It will come down to who is on the bubble and if the Commodores stack up better than the rest. USA Today’s Dan Wolken is still confident that it will be enough though.
Vanderbilt has been a good team of late but clearly out of gas, a bit of an exhale after securing bid last night https://t.co/699CdGVzAt
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 11, 2017
It will be an anxious Selection Sunday for Vanderbilt fans but one thing will remain, Bryce Drew has done an incredible job with this team from where they started the season, to where they are now.