Overtime loss knocks Vanderbilt men out of AP Top 25

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:29pm

The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team still felt the sting of Saturday’s loss to South Carolina when Monday’s Associated Press Top 25 was announced.

The Commodores (11-3) dropped out of the rankings after having been included the previous two weeks. They were No. 22 last week, before they faced South Carolina.

They blew a 14-point second-half lead and ultimately lost to the Gamecocks 83-75 in overtime in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

“We had a disappointing game on Saturday, a game we had control of and let get away from us,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said in Monday’s SEC teleconference call. “I just didn’t like our look, some of our players’ demeanors. We were up 14 in the second half but it still didn’t feel like ... we just didn’t have our normal look.

"I don’t know if we were self-absorbed or what the situation was. But we weren’t doing what we need to do to win. It is very disappointing because it was a road game we had a chance to get and we let it get away from us.”

Vanderbilt looks to bounce back as it hosts No. 24 Georgia (12-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium. The Commodores might be without a couple players as starting forward Andre Walker (ankle) and reserve forward Steve Tchiengang (Achilles tendon) are nursing injuries.

If Vanderbilt knocks off Georgia, which upset then-No. 10 Kentucky on Saturday, it will then face another tough road test as it plays at Tennessee on Saturday.

“We know we have a tough week. Every week is a tough week in this league,” Stallings said. “We all expect it to be a very competitive, physical game like all SEC games are. We are going to have play really well to win.”

2 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 1/11/11 at 1:27

Having witnessed the overtime loss I would say that the vote to take Vanderbilt out of the top 25 is perhaps the most unanimous vote of this sports week.

By: shinestx on 1/11/11 at 1:55

Yep. Never should have been ranked in the first place. First half of the b'ball season is all about shaking out the non-contenders.