Vanderbilt takes big drop in men's hoops rankings

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 2:42pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt’s top-10 preseason ranking didn’t last long.

Three days after opening the season and less than 24 hours after a stunning 71-58 home loss to unranked Cleveland State, the Commodores fell from No. 7 to No. 18 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll. They dropped 13 spots to 20th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

After losing by just one point to No. 6 Duke on the road, Belmont received a school-record 21 votes from AP voters — 13 more than the week before. The Bruins (0-1) play at No. 10 Memphis at 11 a.m. (ESPN) on Tuesday.

Vanderbilt (1-1) and UCLA, formerly ranked 15th, were the only two teams in the AP Top 25 to lose during opening weekend. The Bruins, who host Middle Tennessee State University (2-0) on Tuesday night, dropped out of the Top 25 after a 69-58 defeat against Loyola Marymount on Friday.

The Commodores, who had received their highest preseason AP ranking since 1965, will try to bounce back on Tuesday. They host Bucknell in another regional game of the Legends Classic, which concludes next weekend in New Jersey.

1 Comment on this post:

By: shinestx on 11/14/11 at 4:32

Because a top-10 ranked team needs to beat the Cleveland States in the country. This one was cut-and-dried... Vandy never should have been ranked in the preseason. Maybe they'll manage to finish the season in the top-25, and lose in the first rounds of the NCAA tourney. March madness, indeed!