Vanderbilt opens with exhibition games against Nike Team Elite and Northern State, which is coached by long-time David Libscomb coach Don Meyer. The Commodores then begin the regular season by traveling literally just down the street to open Belmont's new Curb Event Center.
The Indiana Hoosiers come to town three days later for a Fox Sports South game and then the Commodores close out November by hosting the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. Vanderbilt starts December at home against IUPUI before hosting Michigan three days later on another Fox Sports South broadcast.
The Commodores wrap up the in-state matchups next with home games against Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech. After a week off, VU closes out its home non-conference schedule with tilts against Wofford and Appalachian State before Christmas and Lehigh after the Christmas break.
Vanderbilt then hits the road for the first true trip of the year as the Dores head to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on the TCU Horned Frogs, who are coached by former Commodore assistant Neil Dougherty.
Once the SEC season starts the Commodores should not plan on unpacking their bags very often. Only twice does Vanderbilt play back-to-back home games, while only twice playing consecutive road contests. This back-and-forth schedule starts with Auburn at home followed by road trips to Kentucky and Tennessee.
Vanderbilt closes out January with three of the final four games at home, including an ESPN2 national broadcast of the Kentucky home matchup. February begins with a tough stretch that has the Dores on the road for three of the first four games with Georgia as the lone game in Memorial Gym.
The Commodores wrap up February by playing four consecutive games against SEC West teams with LSU and Mississippi State at home and Alabama and Ole Miss on the road. After the Tennessee Vols come to Nashville to open March, Vanderbilt will travel to Georgia twice in less than a week as the Commodores play at Georgia in the final regular season game and then return to Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the 2004 SEC Tournament.
Vanderbilt currently is scheduled to play at least nine regular season games and one SEC Tournament contest on television with the possibility of more games being selected at a later date. In the regular season, the Commodores will play five games on Fox Sports South, three games on Jefferson Pilot and one game on ESPN2.
2003-2004 Vanderbilt Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 6 NORTHERN STATE (Exh) 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 NIKE TEAM ELITE (Exh) 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Belmont 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 INDIANA (SEC-TV) 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 TENNESSEE-MARTIN 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 IUPUI 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 MICHIGAN (SEC-TV) 8 p.m.
Dec. 10 TENNESSEE STATE 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 TENNESSEE TECH 7 p.m.
Dec. 20 WOFFORD 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 APPALACHIAN STATE 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 LEHIGH 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 at TCU TBA
Jan. 7 Auburn* (JP) 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 at Kentucky (SEC-TV) 6 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Tennessee 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 FLORIDA 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 at Arkansas (JP) 2 p.m.
Jan. 28 SOUTH CAROLINA 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 KENTUCKY (ESPN2) 11 a.m.
Feb. 7 at Florida* (SEC-TV) 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 GEORGIA (JP) 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 at South Carolina 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Alabama TBA
Feb. 21 LSU* (SEC-TV) 5 p.m.
Feb. 25 at Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 p.m.
Mar. 3 TENNESSEE 7 p.m.
Mar. 6 at Georgia 6 p.m.
Mar. 11-14 SEC Tournament (JP/CBS) Atlanta, Ga.#
*SEC game; #Georgia Dome
SEC-TV: Fox Sports Net; JP: Jefferson Pilot Sports
Home games in all caps
All times are Central
This schedule is subject to change.