Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball
|Head coach||Jerry Stackhouse (2nd season)|
|Arena||Memorial Gymnasium |
|Student section||Memorial Maniacs|
|Colors||Black and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1965, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2004, 2007|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1988, 1993, 2004, 2007, 2012|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1965, 1974, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1927, 1951, 2012|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1920, 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 15 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 11 National Invitation Tournaments, winning it in 1990 and finishing runners-up in 1994.
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.
Year-by-year season records
|Season||Head coach||Overall win||Overall loss||Overall pct.||Conf. win||Conf. loss||Conf. pct.||Conf. pos.||Postseason|
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1900–01||W. D. Weatherford||2||2||.500|
|1901–02||W. D. Weatherford||5||2||.714|
|1905–06||No scores recorded||0||0||.000|
|1906–07||J. N. (Stein) Stone||6||1||.857|
|1907–08||W. L. Throop||6||10||.375|
|1908–09||E. J. Hamilton||11||4||.733|
|1909–10||R. B McGehee||10||3||.769|
|1910–11||Carl (Zeke) Martin||8||2||.800|
|1911–12||Carl (Zeke) Martin||9||9||.500|
|1912–13||Oscar G. Nelson||3||4||.429|
|1913–14||G. T. Denton||6||3||.667|
|1914–15||G. T. Denton||6||6||.500|
|1915–16||G. T. Denton||11||3||.786|
|1916–17||G. T. Denton||3||8||.273|
|1919–20||G. T. Denton||14||4||.778|
|1920–21||G. T. Denton||8||13||.381|
|1926–27||Josh Cody||20||4||.833||7||1||.875||Southern Conference Tournament Champions|
|1927–28||Johnny (Red) Floyd||5||7||.417||2||5||.286|
|1928–29||Johnny (Red) Floyd||4||12||.250||2||5||.286|
|1943–44||Smokey Harper||12||3||.800||0||0||.000||No formal SEC schedule|
|1944–45||Garland Morrow||6||6||.500||0||0||.000||No formal SEC schedule|
|1951–52||Bob Polk||18||9||.667||9||5||.643||(t-2nd)||SEC Tournament Champions|
|1958–59||Roy Skinner (acting)||14||10||.583||8||6||.571||(t-5th)|
|1964–65||Roy Skinner||24||4||.857||15||1||.938||(1st)||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1973–74||Roy Skinner||23||5||.821||15||3||.833||(t-1st)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1981–82||C. M. Newton||15||13||.536||7||11||.389||(t-7th)|
|1982–83||C. M. Newton||19||14||.576||9||9||.500||(t-4th)||NIT Second Round|
|1983–84||C. M. Newton||14||15||.483||8||10||.444||(t-7th)|
|1984–85||C. M. Newton||11||17||.393||4||14||.222||(10th)|
|1985–86||C. M. Newton||13||15||.464||7||11||(.389||7th)|
|1986–87||C. M. Newton||18||16||.529||7||11||(.389||t-8th)||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1987–88||C. M. Newton||20||11||.645||10||8||.556||(t-4th)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1988–89||C. M. Newton||19||14||.576||12||6||.667||(t-2nd)||NCAA First Round|
|1989–90||Eddie Fogler||21||14||.600||7||11||.389||(t-7th)||NIT Champions|
|1990–91||Eddie Fogler||17||13||.567||11||7||.611||(4th)||NCAA First Round|
|Southeastern Conference (Eastern Division)|
|1991–92||Eddie Fogler||15||15||.500||6||10||.375||(5th)||NIT First Round|
|1992–93||Eddie Fogler||28||6||.824||14||2||.875||(1st)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1993–94||Jan van Breda Kolff||20||12||.625||9||7||.563||(3rd)||NIT Runners-up|
|1994–95||Jan van Breda Kolff||13||15||.464||6||10||.375||(4th)|
|1995–96||Jan van Breda Kolff||18||14||.563||7||9||.563||(4th)||NIT Second Round|
|1996–97||Jan van Breda Kolff||19||12||.613||9||7||.563||(4th)||NCAA First Round|
|1997–98||Jan van Breda Kolff||20||13||.606||7||9||.438||(t-4th)||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1998–99||Jan van Breda Kolff||14||15||.483||5||11||.313||(5th)|
|1999–2000||Kevin Stallings||19||11||.633||8||8||.500||(4th)||NIT First Round|
|2001–02||Kevin Stallings||17||15||.531||6||10||.375||(t-5th)||NIT Second Round|
|2003–04||Kevin Stallings||23||10||.697||8||8||.500||(t-3rd)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2004–05||Kevin Stallings||20||14||.588||8||8||.500||(3rd)||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2005–06||Kevin Stallings||17||13||.567||7||9||.438||(4th)||NIT First Round|
|2006–07||Kevin Stallings||22||12||.647||10||6||.625||(2nd)||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2007–08||Kevin Stallings||26||8||.765||10||6||.625||(3rd)||NCAA First Round|
|2009–10||Kevin Stallings||24||9||.727||12||4||.750||(2nd)||NCAA First Round|
|2010–11||Kevin Stallings||23||11||.676||9||7||.563||(3rd)||NCAA Second Round|
|2011–12||Kevin Stallings||25||11||.694||10||6||.625||(t-2nd)||SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Third Round|
|2014–15||Kevin Stallings||21||14||.600||9||9||.500||(7th)||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2015–16||Kevin Stallings||19||14||.576||11||7||.611||(7th)||NCAA First Four|
|2016–17||Bryce Drew||19||16||.543||10||8||.556||(t-5th)||NCAA First Round|
|Total overall record||1,571||1,110||.586||708||660||.518||14 NCAA Appearances, 11 NIT Appearances|
|SEC record||1,327||910||.593||675||613||.500||14 NCAA Appearances, 11 NIT Appearances|
|SoCon record||102||112||.477||33||47||.413||1 SoCon Tournament Champions|
Note: Fansonly.com reports Vanderbilt's overall record in 1937–38 as 9–12, while SECSports.com reports it as 10–11.
Vanderbilt coaching record
|Season||Head coach||Overall win||Overall loss||Overall pct.||Conf. win||Conf. loss||Conf. pct.||Postseason NIT/NCAA|
|3||Bryce Drew||40||59||.404||16||38||.296||1 NCAA|
|17||Kevin Stallings||332||219||.603||138||142||.493||5 NIT, 7 NCAA|
|6||Jan van Breda Kolff||104||81||.562||43||53||.448||3 NIT, 1 NCAA|
|4||Eddie Fogler||81||48||.628||64||80||.444||2 NIT (1 NIT Championship), 2 NCAA|
|8||C. M. Newton||129||115||.529||38||30||.559||2 NIT, 2 NCAA|
|16||Roy Skinner||278||135||.673||171||97||.638||2 NCAA|
|2||Johnny (Red) Floyd||9||19||.321||4||10||.286|
|6||G. T. Denton||26||20||.565||0||0||.000|
|1||Oscar G. Nelson||3||4||.429||0||0||.000|
|2||Carl (Zeke) Martin||17||11||.607||0||0||.000|
|1||R. B McGehee||10||3||.769||0||0||.000|
|2||E. J. Hamilton||17||5||.773||0||0||.000|
|1||W. L. Throop||6||10||.375||0||0||.000|
|1||J. N. (Stein) Stone||6||1||.857||0||0||.000|
|2||W. D. Weatherford||7||4||.636||0||0||.000|
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 basketball player in the Southeastern Conference, and the first African American to compete in the SEC for his entire period of athletic eligibility.[a]
Consecutive games with a 3-point field goal
Vanderbilt made a 3 pointer in 1,080 consecutive games.
NCAA tournament results
The Commodores have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 15 times. Their combined record is 10–16.
|W 83–78 OT|
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1988||#7||Round of 64
Round of 32
|#10 Utah State
W 80–74 OT
|1989||#8||Round of 64||#9 Notre Dame||L 65–81|
|1991||#9||Round of 64||#8 Georgetown||L 60–70|
|1993||#3||Round of 64
Round of 32
|#14 Boise State
|1997||#7||Round of 64||#10 Xavier||L 68–80|
|2004||#6||Round of 64
Round of 32
|#11 Western Michigan
#3 NC State
|2007||#6||Round of 64
Round of 32
|#11 George Washington
#3 Washington State
W 78–74 2OT
|2008||#4||Round of 64||#13 Siena||L 62–83|
|2010||#4||Round of 64||#13 Murray State||L 65–66|
|2011||#5||Round of 64||#12 Richmond||L 66–69|
|2012||#5||Round of 64
Round of 32
|2016||#11||First Four||#11 Wichita State||L 50–70|
|2017||#9||Round of 64||#8 Northwestern||L 66–68|
The Commodores have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times. Their combined record is 20–11. They were NIT champions in 1990.
|East Tennessee State
|1992||First Round||Rhode Island||L 63–68|
|2000||First Round||Wake Forest||L 68–83|
|2006||First Round||Notre Dame||L 69–79|
South Dakota State
|Billy McCaffrey||1993, 1994|
|Billy Joe Adcock||1950|
SEC Players of the Year
|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)|
|Jeff Fosnes||1975, 1976|
- Jeff Turner- won the gold medal in men's basketball as a member of Team USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Vanderbilt Alums Coaching in College Basketball
- James Strong – Class of 2000, currently at Vanderbilt University
- Martin Bahar – Class of 2006, currently at The University of Southern California
- Darshawn McClellan - Class of 2011, currently at University of Texas at El Paso
- Sam Ferry - Class of 2010, currently at College of the Holy Cross
- Kevin Stallings – SEC Coach of the Year 2007 and 2010
- Eddie Fogler – 1993 National Coach of the Year by AP, UPI, CBS, USBWA, Scripps-Howard, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, Basketball Weekly
- C. M. Newton – SEC Coach of the Year, 1988 and 1989
- Wayne Dobbs – SEC Coach of the Year, 1979
- Roy Skinner – SEC Coach of the Year, 1965, 1967, 1974, and 1976
Totals current as of March 15, 2012.
|1||Shan Foster (2005–2008)||2,011|
|2||Jeffery 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)
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1||Luke Kornet (2013–17)||210|
|2||Festus Ezeli (2008–12)||204|
|3||Damian Jones (2013–16)||167|
|4||Will Perdue (1984, 1986–88)||157|
|5||A.J. Ogilvy (2008–10)||145|
Source: 2015–16 Vanderbilt Commodores Media Guide 
- Contrary to often-stated belief, Wallace was not the first African American to play an SEC sport. The first African American to play in the SEC was Stephen Martin, who walked on to the Tulane baseball team in the 1966 season, the school year before Wallace enrolled at Vanderbilt. Martin is often ignored as an SEC integration pioneer because Tulane left the SEC immediately after the 1966 baseball season. Wallace was also not the first black scholarship athlete to play in the SEC, although this was only because the football season precedes the basketball season within the school year. At the same time that Wallace enrolled at Vanderbilt, Kentucky enrolled two African Americans on football scholarships, Nate Northington and Greg Page. Page suffered a spinal cord injury before playing in a varsity game and died from the complications on September 29, 1967; Northington played in Kentucky's first two games of the 1967 season, first at Indiana on September 23 and then against Ole Miss at home on September 30 (he did not play again for the Wildcats, transferring to Western Kentucky after that season).
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