BIGGEST WINS: Commodores top Missouri 78-75. Dores deck Tennessee in Memorial. The win at Georgia was also a significant accomplishment.
UGLIEST LOSSES: Loss at South Carolina and loss to Mississippi State in SEC-T. Blow out in Knoxville.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Three-point losses at Ole Miss, at Missouri, against No. 1 Florida and a 2-point loss to Arkansas.
BEST STRETCH OF SEASON: Commodores win two straight road games at Texas A&M and Georgia. Then return home and beat Mississippi State and Tennessee.
WORST STRETCH OF SEASON: Vandy drops a heartbreaker to Florida, gets man-handled at Tennessee and then loses to LSU, Ole Miss and finally the Mississippi State debacle in Atlanta.
BIGGEST PLAYER SURPRISES: Walkons Nathan Watkins and Carter Josephs play significant minutes and hold their own. Josephs never scored a point but finished with 22 assists against just 8 turnovers. Watkins scored 21 points and canned 8-of-11 free throws (72.7%) which was better than all but one of the scholarship players.
BIGGEST HEAD SCRATCHER: Kyle Fuller. Throughout his career he was known for his ability to drive the basket, however, Fuller couldn't throw a layup in the ocean over the final few games. Had he made half his layup attempts Vandy would likely at least have finished with a winning record.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: Damian Jones looks like he could be a beast in the future. He just needs to get stronger and work on his free throws. Luke Kornet should be Jones' workout partner. Kornet can also join Jones in the gym shooting free throws working on his improving 3-point shot. With Kedren Johnson and Josh Henderson expected to be back next season, this team should be more competitive. Throw in incoming freshmen 4-star guard Matthew Fisher-Davis, 3-star Riley LaChance and 3-star Wade Baldwin and there is reason for optimism.
REASON FOR CONCERN: That's two straight losing seasons for Vanderbilt. Yeah, the team fought hard (until the end) and overcame adversity to put up a fight and escape with some wins. There are also concerns about the team's head coach, Kevin Stallings. Why were so many players quick to leave VU after last season? Why so many player issues like with Eric McClellan and Kedran Johnson? You prevent that stuff by providing leadership and direction to your players. Stallings has done well at times at Vanderbilt but, again, there are valid reasons for concern. He may be the all-time winningest coach at Vanderbilt but the natives will only allow him to keep adding to his win total with losing records for so long. Surely he's aware that he had better get things in quickly.
FINAL RECORD: 15-16
CONFERENCE RECORD: 7-11
SEC TOURNAMENT: Lost in first round.
POINTS PER GAME: 64.6
OPP POINTS PER GAME: 65.5
FG PERCENTAGE: 43%
3-PT FG PERCENTAGE: 32%
FT PERCENTAGE: 66%
TURNOVERS PER GAME: 13.4
ASSISTS PER GAME: 13.0
2013-14 Vanderbilt basketball in review
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