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Vanderbilt Commodores
2016–17 Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
University Vanderbilt University
Conference SEC
Location Nashville, TN
Head coach Bryce Drew (1st year)
Arena Memorial Gymnasium
(Capacity: 14,316)
Nickname Commodores
Colors Black and Old Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home
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Away jersey
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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, 2016
Conference tournament champions
1927, 1951, 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.[2]

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.

Year-by-year season records[edit]

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
1902–03 Grinnell Jones 6 0 1.000
1903–04 J. Hamilton 6 1 .857
1904–05 No team 0 0 .000
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
1917–18 Ralph Palmer 6 3 .667
1918–19 Ralph Palmer 8 2 .800
1919–20 G. T. Denton 14 4 .778
1920–21 G. T. Denton 8 13 .381
1921–22 Wallace Wade 8 8 .500
Southern Conference
1922–23 Wallace Wade 16 8 .667 2 0 1.000
1923–24 Josh Cody 7 15 .318 1 3 .250
1924–25 Josh Cody 12 13 .480 4 3 .571
1925–26 Josh Cody 8 18 .308 2 7 .222
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
1929–30 Garland Morrow 6 16 .273 1 9 .100
1930–31 Garland Morrow 16 8 .667 7 7 .500
1931–32 Josh Cody 8 11 .421 5 7 .417
Southeastern Conference
1932–33 Josh Cody 14 8 .636 11 5 .688 (3rd)
1933–34 Josh Cody 11 6 .647 8 5 .615 (5th)
1934–35 Josh Cody 9 11 .450 9 6 .600 (4th)
1935–36 Josh Cody 9 14 .391 9 4 .692 (2nd)
1936–37 Jim Buford 6 10 .375 3 7 .375 (11th)
1937–38 Jim Buford 9 12 .429 4 8 .333 (10th)
1938–39 Jim Buford 14 7 .667 7 5 .583 (6th)
1939–40 Jim Buford 10 12 .455 5 7 .417 (10th)
1940–41 Jim Buford 8 9 .471 3 9 .250 (11th)
1941–42 Norm Cooper 7 9 .438 3 8 .273 (t-9th)
1942–43 Norm Cooper 10 8 .556 9 7 .563 (6th)
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
1945–46 Garland Morrow 3 10 .231 2 5 .286 (9th)
1946–47 Norm Cooper 7 8 .467 4 7 .364 (8th)
1947–48 Bob Polk 8 14 .364 4 11 .267 (12th)
1948–49 Bob Polk 14 8 .636 9 5 .643 (4th)
1949–50 Bob Polk 17 8 .680 11 3 .786 (2nd)
1950–51 Bob Polk 19 8 .704 10 4 .714 (t-2nd)
1951–52 Bob Polk 18 9 .667 9 5 .643 (t-2nd) SEC Tournament Champions
1952–53 Bob Polk 10 9 .526 5 8 .385 (t-7th)
1953–54 Bob Polk 12 10 .545 5 9 .357 (t-8th)
1954–55 Bob Polk 16 6 .727 9 5 .643 (t-3rd)
1955–56 Bob Polk 19 4 .826 11 3 .786 (3rd)
1956–57 Bob Polk 17 5 .773 10 4 .714 (2nd)
1957–58 Bob Polk 14 11 .560 7 7 .500 (7th)
1958–59 Roy Skinner (acting) 14 10 .583 8 6 .571 (t-5th)
1959–60 Bob Polk 14 9 .609 7 7 .500 (t-6th)
1960–61 Bob Polk 19 5 .792 10 4 .714 (t-2nd)
1961–62 Roy Skinner 12 12 .500 6 8 .429 (t-6th)
1962–63 Roy Skinner 16 7 .696 9 5 .643 (4th)
1963–64 Roy Skinner 19 6 .760 8 6 .571 (t-4th)
1964–65 Roy Skinner 24 4 .857 15 1 .938 (1st) NCAA Elite Eight
1965–66 Roy Skinner 22 4 .846 13 3 .813 (2nd)
1966–67 Roy Skinner 21 5 .808 14 4 .778 (t-2nd)
1967–68 Roy Skinner 20 6 .769 12 6 .667 (3rd)
1968–69 Roy Skinner 15 11 .577 9 9 .500 (t-5th)
1969–70 Roy Skinner 12 14 .462 8 10 .444 (6th)
1970–71 Roy Skinner 13 13 .500 9 9 .500 (t-4th)
1971–72 Roy Skinner 16 10 .615 10 8 .556 (4th)
1972–73 Roy Skinner 20 6 .769 13 5 .722 (t-2nd)
1973–74 Roy Skinner 23 5 .821 15 3 .833 (t-1st) NCAA Sweet 16
1974–75 Roy Skinner 15 11 .577 10 8 .556 (5th)
1975–76 Roy Skinner 16 11 .593 12 6 .667 (3rd)
1976–77 Wayne Dobbs 10 16 .385 6 12 .333 (t-6th)
1977–78 Wayne Dobbs 10 17 .370 6 12 .333 (8th)
1978–79 Wayne Dobbs 18 9 .667 11 7 .611 (t-3rd)
1979–80 Richard Schmidt 13 13 .500 7 11 .389 (t-6th)
1980–81 Richard Schmidt 15 14 .517 7 11 .389 (7th)
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
2000–01 Kevin Stallings 15 15 .500 4 12 .250 (6th)
2001–02 Kevin Stallings 17 15 .531 6 10 .375 (t-5th) NIT Second Round
2002–03 Kevin Stallings 11 18 .379 3 13 .188 (6th)
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
2008–09 Kevin Stallings 19 12 .613 8 8 .500 (t-4th)
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
Southeastern Conference
2011–12 Kevin Stallings 25 11 .694 10 6 .625 (t-2nd) SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Third Round
2012–13 Kevin Stallings 16 17 .485 8 10 .444 (10th)
2013–14 Kevin Stallings 15 15 .500 7 11 .389 (t-10th)
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 5 4 .556 0 0 (TBD)
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
SIAA record 142 88 .617 0 0 .000

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]


Vanderbilt Coaching Record[edit]

Season Head coach Overall win Overall loss Overall pct. Conf. win Conf. loss Conf. pct. Postseason NIT/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
2 Richard Schmidt 28 27 .509 14 22 .389
3 Wayne Dobbs 38 42 .475 23 31 .551
16 Roy Skinner 278 135 .673 171 97 .638 2 NCAA
13 Bob Polk 197 106 .650 107 75 .588
4 Garland Morrow 31 40 .437 10 21 .323
1 Smokey Harper 12 3 .857 0 0 .000
3 Norm Cooper 24 25 .490 16 22 .421
5 Jim Buford 47 50 .485 22 36 .379
9 Josh Cody 98 100 .495 56 41 .577
2 Johnny (Red) Floyd 9 19 .321 4 10 .286
2 Wallace Wade 24 16 .321 2 0 1.000
6 G. T. Denton 26 20 .565 0 0 .000
1 Oscar G. Nelson 3 4 .429 0 0 .000
2 Ralph Palmer 14 5 .737 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
1 Grinnell Jones 6 0 1.000 0 0 .000
2 W. D. Weatherford 7 4 .636 0 0 .000

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 959 consecutive games as of February 25, 2016.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Commodores have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 14 times. Their combined record is 10–15.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1965 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
DePaul
Michigan
W 83–78 OT
L 85–87
1974 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Marquette
Notre Dame
L 61–69
L 88–118
1988 #7 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Utah State
#2 Pittsburgh
#6 Kansas
W 80–77
W 80–74 OT
L 64–77
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
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Boise State
#6 Illinois
#7 Temple
W 92–72
W 85–68
L 59–67
1997 #7 Round of 64 #10 Xavier L 68–80
2004 #6 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Western Michigan
#3 NC State
#2 Connecticut
W 71–58
W 75–73
L 53–73
2007 #6 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#11 George Washington
#3 Washington State
#2 Georgetown
W 77–44
W 78–74 2OT
L 65–66
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
#12 Harvard
#4 Wisconsin
W 79–70
L 57–60
2016 #11 First Four #11 Wichita State L 50–70

NIT results[edit]

The Commodores have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times. Their combined record is 20–11. They were NIT champions in 1990.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round
Second Round
East Tennessee State
Wake Forest
W 79–73
L 68–75
1987 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Jacksonville
Florida State
Southern Miss
W 74–72
W 109–92
L 88–95
1990 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Louisiana Tech
Tennessee
New Orleans
Penn State
Saint Louis
W 98–90
W 89–85
W 88–85
W 75–62
W 74–72
1992 First Round Rhode Island L 63–68
1994 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Oklahoma
New Orleans
Clemson
Kansas State
Villanova
W 77–67
W 78–59
W 89–74
W 82–76
L 73–80
1996 First Round
Second Round
Arkansas–Little Rock
South Carolina
W 86–80
L 70–80
1998 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
St. Bonaventure
Wake Forest
Georgia
W 73–61
W 72–68
L 65–79
2000 First Round Wake Forest L 68–83
2002 Opening Round
First Round
Houston
Louisiana Tech
W 59–50
L 68–83
2005 First Round Indiana
Wichita State
Memphis
W 67–60
W 65–63
L 68–81
2006 First Round Notre Dame L 69–79
2015 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Saint Mary's
South Dakota State
Stanford
W 75–64
W 92–77
L 75–78

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]

Vanderbilt Alums Coaching in College Basketball[edit]

Coaching awards[edit]

  • Kevin Stallings – SEC Coach of the Year 2007 and 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 and 1989
  • Wayne Dobbs – SEC Coach of the Year, 1979
  • Roy Skinner – SEC Coach of the Year, 1965, 1967, 1974, and 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 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)[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 6

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 Damian Jones (2013–16) 167
3 Will Purdue (1984, 1986–88) 157
4 A.J. Ogilvy (2008–10) 145
5 Luke Kornet (2013–) 139

Source: 2015–16 Vanderbilt Commodores Media Guide [10]

References[edit]

External links[edit]