Basketball peaking at right time

At the end of January it looked like this was going to be nothing more than a lost year for the Commodores Men’s Basketball program. Vanderbilt was staggering into February with a 1-7 conference record and a resume where their best win was a double overtime escape over Yale.

It seems though, that something must have happened as the months changed, because over the last 28 or so days the ‘Dores have been damn near unbeatable.

Sometimes teams just get on a role where they have no idea that they should be beaten. That is the current state of the Vandy program, proven again on Saturday against Alabama when the ‘Dores stormed back from an eleven point half time deficit to win 73-66. This would be a startling turn around on its own, but consider the ‘Dores also came back from eleven down at the half just three days earlier. That time the unfortunate opponent in the way of the white hot Commodores was Tennessee, who went down 73-65 in games which almost mirrored each other after the break.

The 2014-15 Commodores are now 6-7 in games when trailing at half time, comfortably their best such performance in games over the last four years. In fact the Commodores are just a couple of made baskets away from riding an eight game win streak at this point, with a couple of three point losses in February the only blemishes, and are getting hot at just the right time to be a horrible match up in the SEC Tournament.

The ‘Dores themselves are in win the SEC Tournament or bust mode when it comes to making the NCAA field of 68, but they have the potential to spoil the dreams of a bubble team or two as March moves along. If Vanderbilt can close out the regular season strongly, with games against Mississippi State and @ Ole Miss to go, then they will be in excellent position for an NIT bid. This can be an invaluable tournament to be in as it will allow this young team the chance to keep practicing, growing, and playing together, much deeper into the year.

Given where we were a month ago, any post season play must be considered a huge victory. Top Stories