Vanderbilt is hosting the first and second rounds for the first time since 2006. The Vanderbilt-MTSU match-up will kick things off on Sunday, March 18 at 4:10 p.m. CT. The Duke-Samford game will tipoff 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first contest. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.
The winners return on Tuesday, March 20, at 8:30 p.m. CT.
This is Vanderbilt's 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and 13th-consecutive bid. It is also the 10th time the Commodores will get to play at home during the NCAA Tournament. In those previous NCAA games at Memorial Gym, Vanderbilt is 14-1 all-time and has advanced to regional play in nine of the 10 seasons.
"I'm thrilled about being home and hosting," Balcomb said. "I've been here 10 years and this is just the second time we've been hosting and that the games will be here in Memorial. The atmosphere should be good. (Middle Tennessee is) local and close by so hopefully a lot of people will come out."
The Vanderbilt players, coaches, support staff and families watched the Selection Show in the Admiral's Room in Memorial Gym. Local media were invited to attend to facilitate interviews after the brackets were announced.
Being the SEC scoring leader brings attention from the media, so Christina Foggie has found herself spending more and more time in front of cameras.
The "practice guys" --the male students who practice with the team throughout the year -- attended the event and posed for a photo with the team. With a short roster and various players having to miss practice time because of nagging injuries, the practice guys have been more important than ever this year.
Channel 4's Rudy Kalis did a live feed from the party. While he and Christina Foggie were waiting to go live, her teammates were cutting up behind her and giving helpful advice.
By the time the cameras were rolling, however, there were only angelic faces in the background.
After the Vanderbilt segment, the players watched as WSMV went live to the MTSU campus,
"(Beating Kentucky) shows that they're relentless," Foggie said. "It shows that they come hard and ready to play. It doesn't matter what the ranking is, they're ready to play."
Photos copyright 2012 by Whitney D for VandyMania.com