Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball

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Vanderbilt Commodores
2014–15 Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team
Vanderbilt Commodores athletic logo
University Vanderbilt University
Conference SEC
Location Nashville, TN
Head coach Kevin Stallings (16th year)
Arena Memorial Gymnasium
(Capacity: 14,316)
Nickname Commodores
Colors

Black and Gold

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1965
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1965, 1974, 1988,1993, 2004, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
1965, 1974, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Conference tournament champions
1927, 1952, 2012
Conference regular season champions
1965, 1974, 1993

The Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team represents Vanderbilt University in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Commodores have won three SEC regular season titles (1965, 1974 and 1993) and two SEC Tournament championships (1951 and 2012). They have competed in thirteen NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Elite Eight once (1965) and the Sweet Sixteen six times (1965, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2004, and 2007). Vanderbilt has played in eleven National Invitation Tournaments, winning it in 1990 and finishing runners-up in 1994.[1]

Kevin Stallings is the current head coach of the Commodores.

Memorial Gymnasium[edit]

The Commodores play their home games in Memorial Gymnasium. Memorial Gymnasium was built in the early 1950s. It was dedicated as the campus memorial to students and alumni killed in World War II; a plaque commemorating those who died is displayed in the Gym's North lobby.

At the time of the Gym's construction, there was a serious discussion within the Vanderbilt community about whether the school should de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics and refocus on its academic program. As a compromise between those who advocated increased athletics competition and those who argued in favor of de-emphasis, the Gymnasium was built to hold only about 9,000 seats, and it would be readily adaptable to other uses—significantly, as a possible concert hall.

Consequently, the gymnasium floor was built up above its surroundings, more in the nature of a stage. The areas out of bounds along the sidelines were very wide, in contrast with the small facility which it replaced, where the walls were right along the sidelines and players could scrape their shoulders bringing the ball up the court. This necessitated the placement of the benches at the end of the court, which was not highly unusual at the time.

In addition, each goal was anchored by two far-reaching beams attached to support columns, with extra support coming from cables stretching all the way to the gym's ceiling. In the case of a backboard shatter or beam fracture, replacing these goals would be highly difficult, compared to the usual goal setup at most venues.

Memorial Gym is well known for its unusual design. The end-of-the-floor bench location is now unique in major college basketball, and SEC coaches who travel to Memorial, along with coaches from other schools who have played at Vanderbilt as a post-season venue, have said that the unusual setup gives Vanderbilt a tremendous home court advantage, since no other facility in which opponents play is arranged in such a way.[2]

Year-by-year season records[edit]

Season Head coach Overall win Overall loss Conf. win Conf. loss Conf. pos. Postseason
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1900-01 W.D. Weatherford 2 2
1901-02 W.D. Weatherford 5 2
1902-03 Grinnell Jones 6 0
1903-04 J. Hamilton 6 1
1904-05 No team 0 0
1905-06 No scores recorded 0 0
1906-07 J.N. (Stein) Stone 6 1
1907-08 W.L. Throop 6 10
1908-09 E.J. Hamilton 11 4
1909-10 R.B McGehee 10 3
1910-11 Carl (Zeke) Martin 8 2
1911-12 Carl (Zeke) Martin 9 9
1912-13 Oscar G. Nelson 3 4
1913-14 G.T. Denton 6 3
1914-15 G.T. Denton 6 6
1915-16 G.T. Denton 11 3
1916-17 G.T. Denton 3 8
1917-18 Ralph Palmer 6 3
1918-19 Ralph Palmer 8 2
1919-20 G.T. Denton 14 4
1920-21 G.T. Denton 8 13
1921-22 Wallace Wade 8 8
Southern Conference
1922-23 Wallace Wade 16 8 2 0
1923-24 Josh Cody 7 15 1 3
1924-25 Josh Cody 12 13 4 3
1925-26 Josh Cody 8 18 2 7
1926-27 Josh Cody 20 4 7 1 Southern Conference Tournament Champions
1927-28 Johnny (Red) Floyd 5 7 2 5
1928-29 Johnny (Red) Floyd 4 12 2 5
1929-30 Garland Morrow 6 16 1 9
1930-31 Garland Morrow 16 8 7 7
1931-32 Josh Cody 8 11 5 7
Southeastern Conference
1932-33 Josh Cody 14 8 11 5 (3rd)
1933-34 Josh Cody 11 6 8 5 (5th)
1934-35 Josh Cody 9 11 9 6 (4th)
1935-36 Josh Cody 9 14 9 4 (2nd)
1936-37 Jim Buford 6 10 3 7 (11th)
1937-38 Jim Buford 9 12 4 8 (10th)
1938-39 Jim Buford 14 7 7 5 (6th)
1939-40 Jim Buford 10 12 5 7 (10th)
1940-41 Jim Buford 8 9 3 9 (11th)
1941-42 Norm Cooper 7 9 3 8 (t-9th)
1942-43 Norm Cooper 10 8 9 7 (6th)
1943-44 Smokey Harper 12 3 No formal SEC schedule
1944-45 Gus Morrow 6 6 No formal SEC schedule
1945-46 Gus Morrow 3 10 2 5 (9th)
1946-47 Norm Cooper 7 8 4 7 (8th)
1947-48 Bob Polk 8 14 4 11 (12th)
1948-49 Bob Polk 14 8 9 5 (4th)
1949-50 Bob Polk 17 8 11 3 (2nd)
1950-51 Bob Polk 19 8 10 4 (t-2nd)
1951-52 Bob Polk 18 9 9 5 (t-2nd) SEC Tournament Champions
1952-53 Bob Polk 10 9 5 8 (t-7th)
1953-54 Bob Polk 12 10 5 9 (t-8th)
1954-55 Bob Polk 16 6 9 5 (t-3rd)
1955-56 Bob Polk 19 4 11 3 (3rd)
1956-57 Bob Polk 17 5 10 4 (2nd)
1957-58 Bob Polk 14 11 7 7 (7th)
1958-59 Roy Skinner (acting) 14 10 8 6 (t-5th)
1959-60 Bob Polk 14 9 7 7 (t-6th)
1960-61 Bob Polk 19 5 10 4 (t-2nd)
1961-62 Roy Skinner 12 12 6 8 (t-6th)
1962-63 Roy Skinner 16 7 9 5 (4th)
1963-64 Roy Skinner 19 6 8 6 (t-4th)
1964-65 Roy Skinner 24 4 15 1 (1st) NCAA Elite Eight
1965-66 Roy Skinner 22 4 13 3 (2nd)
1966-67 Roy Skinner 21 5 14 4 (t-2nd)
1967-68 Roy Skinner 20 6 12 6 (3rd)
1968-69 Roy Skinner 15 11 9 9 (t-5th)
1969-70 Roy Skinner 12 14 8 10 (6th)
1970-71 Roy Skinner 13 13 9 9 (t-4th)
1971-72 Roy Skinner 16 10 10 8 (4th)
1972-73 Roy Skinner 20 6 13 5 (t-2nd)
1973-74 Roy Skinner 23 5 15 3 (t-1st) NCAA Sweet 16
1974-75 Roy Skinner 15 11 10 8 (5th)
1975-76 Roy Skinner 16 11 12 6 (3rd)
1976-77 Wayne Dobbs 10 16 6 12 (t-6th)
1977-78 Wayne Dobbs 10 17 6 12 (8th)
1978-79 Wayne Dobbs 18 9 11 7 (t-3rd)
1979-80 Richard Schmidt 13 13 7 11 (t-6th)
1980-81 Richard Schmidt 15 14 7 11 (7th)
1981-82 C. M. Newton 15 13 7 11 (t-7th)
1982-83 C. M. Newton 19 14 9 9 (t-4th) NIT Second Round
1983-84 C. M. Newton 14 15 8 10 (t-7th)
1984-85 C. M. Newton 11 17 4 14 (10th)
1985-86 C. M. Newton 13 15 7 11 (7th)
1986-87 C. M. Newton 18 16 7 11 (t-8th) NIT Quarterfinals
1987-88 C. M. Newton 20 11 10 8 (t-4th) NCAA Sweet 16
1988-89 C. M. Newton 19 14 12 6 (t-2nd) NCAA First Round
1989-90 Eddie Fogler 21 14 7 11 (t-7th) NIT Champions
1990-91 Eddie Fogler 17 13 11 7 (4th) NCAA First Round
Southeastern Conference (Eastern Division)
1991-92 Eddie Fogler 15 15 6 10 (5th) NIT First Round
1992-93 Eddie Fogler 28 6 14 2 (1st) NCAA Sweet 16
1993-94 Jan van Breda Kolff 20 12 9 7 (3rd) NIT Runners-up
1994-95 Jan van Breda Kolff 13 15 6 10 (4th)
1995-96 Jan van Breda Kolff 18 14 7 9 (4th) NIT Second Round
1996-97 Jan van Breda Kolff 19 12 9 7 (4th) NCAA First Round
1997-98 Jan van Breda Kolff 20 13 7 9 (t-4th) NIT Quarterfinals
1998-99 Jan van Breda Kolff 14 15 5 11 (5th)
1999–2000 Kevin Stallings 19 11 8 8 (4th) NIT First Round
2000-01 Kevin Stallings 15 15 4 12 (6th)
2001-02 Kevin Stallings 17 15 6 10 (t-5th) NIT Second Round
2002-03 Kevin Stallings 11 18 3 13 (6th)
2003-04 Kevin Stallings 23 10 8 8 (t-3rd) NCAA Sweet 16
2004-05 Kevin Stallings 20 14 8 8 (3rd) NIT Quarterfinals
2005-06 Kevin Stallings 17 13 7 9 (4th) NIT First Round
2006-07 Kevin Stallings 22 12 10 6 (2nd) NCAA Sweet 16
2007-08 Kevin Stallings 26 8 10 6 (3rd) NCAA First Round
2008-09 Kevin Stallings 19 12 8 8 (t-4th)
2009-10 Kevin Stallings 24 9 12 4 (2nd) NCAA First Round
2010-11 Kevin Stallings 23 11 9 7 (3rd) NCAA Second Round
Southeastern Conference
2011-12 Kevin Stallings 25 11 10 6 (t-2nd) SEC Tournament Champions NCAA Third Round
2012-13 Kevin Stallings 16 17 8 10 (10th)
2013-14 Kevin Stallings 15 15 7 11 (t-10th)
Total overall record 1,526 1,078 688 644 13 NCAA Appearance, 11 NIT Appearance

Note: Fansonly.com reports Vanderbilt's overall record in 1937-38 as 9-12, while SECSports.com reports it as 10-11.

Source: Soconsports.com[3]

Source: SECSports.com[4]

Source: Fansonly.com[5]

Retired numbers[edit]

Only two male Commodores have had their jerseys retired by the university:

  • Clyde Lee #43 - Lee was perhaps the greatest player in Commodore history. He averaged the most points per game in school history and the balconies on the south end of Memorial Gymnasium are commonly referred to as the "balconies that Clyde built".
  • Perry Wallace #25 - The first African-American scholarship athlete in the Southeastern Conference.
Clyde Lee
Clyde Lee
1964-1966
Jersey Retired
Perry Wallace
Perry Wallace
1967-1970
Jersey Retired

Consecutive games with a 3-point field goal[edit]

Vanderbilt is one of only three teams to make a 3-point field goal in every game since the rule was implemented in the 1986-87 season. The other two teams to do so are Princeton and UNLV. The Commodores have made a 3-point shot in 900 consecutive games as of November 25, 2014.

All-Americans[edit]

Player Years
John Jenkins 2012
Shan Foster 2008
Dan Langhi 2000
Billy McCaffrey 1993, 1994
Will Perdue 1988
Tom Hagan 1969
Clyde Lee 1966
Billy Joe Adcock 1950

Source: VUCommodores.com[6]

SEC Players of the Year[edit]

Player Years
Shan Foster 2008 (consensus)
Derrick Byars 2007 (SEC coaches)
Dan Langhi 2000 (consensus, but shared AP award)
Billy McCaffrey 1993 (shared AP award)
Will Perdue 1988 (consensus)
Jan van Breda Kolff 1974 (consensus)
Clyde Lee 1965 (consensus), 1966 (UPI)

Source: VUCommodores.com[6]

Academic All-Americans[edit]

Player Years
Jeff Fosnes 1975, 1976
Bruce Elder 1993

Olympians[edit]

Coaching awards[edit]

  • Kevin Stallings- SEC Coach of the Year 2007, SEC Coach of the Year 2010 [8]
  • Eddie Fogler- 1993 National Coach of the Year by AP, UPI, CBS, USBWA, Scripps-Howard, Sports lllustrated, Sporting News, Basketball Weekly[9]
  • C. M. Newton- SEC Coach of the Year, 1988 & 1989
  • Wayne Dobbs- SEC Coach of the Year, 1979
  • Roy Skinner- SEC Coach of the Year, 1965, 1967, 1974 & 1976

All-time leaders[edit]

Totals current as of March 15, 2012.

Points[edit]

Rank Player Career Points
1 Shan Foster (2005–2008) 2,011
2 Jeffrey Taylor (2009-2012) 1,897
3 Matt Freije (2001-2004) 1,891
4 Phil Cox (1982–85) 1,724
5 Ronnie McMahan (1992–95) 1,719

Points per game (min 50 games)[edit]

Rank Player Career PPG
1 Clyde Lee (1964–66) 21.4
2 Billy McCaffrey (1993–94) 20.6
3 Tom Hagan (1967–69) 19.9
4 Jim Henry (1957–59) 17.6
5 John Jenkins (2009–12) 16.9

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Player Career Rebounds
1 Clyde Lee (1964–66) 1,223
2 Perry Wallace (1968–70) 894
3 Bobby Thym (1954–57) 872
4 Bob "Snake" Grace (1963–65) 837
5 Charley Harrison (1953–56) 802

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Career Assists
1 Atiba Prater (1996-00) 517
2 Brad Tinsley (2008–12) 482
3 Frank Seckar (1993–96) 455
4 Kevin Anglin (1990–93) 435
5 Jan van Breda Kolff (1972–74) 430

Steals[edit]

Rank Player Career Steals
1 Drew Maddux (1994–98) 214
1 Frank Seckar (1993–96) 214
3 Atiba Prater (1996-00) 211
4 James Strong (1996-00) 209
5 Kevin Anglin (1990–93) 192

Blocks[edit]

Rank Player Career Blocks
1 Festus Ezeli (2008–12) 204
2 Will Perdue (1984, 86–88) 157
3 A.J. Ogilvy (2008–10) 145
4 Juilan Terrell (2003–06) 116
5 Chris Woods (1992–95) 108

Source: 2011-12 Vanderbilt Commodores Media Guide [10]

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