Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew and his Commodores basketball team has almost done the unthinkable by taking a lost cause and turning it into a quality NCAA Tournament team.
After struggling earlier this season to an 8-10 record, Vanderbilt turned things around mid way through the year to finish with a winning SEC record and a semifinal berth in the conference tournament. The efforts down the stretch earned them a berth today in the 2017 NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed in the West Region.
The Commodores will be facing the Northwestern Wildcats who is making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are the No. 8 seed coming out of the Big Ten conference, finishing the regular season with an overall record of 23-11.
The Wildcats are led by head coach Chris Collins who is in his fourth year with the program. He led the Wildcats to a fifth place finish within the Big Ten conference and were eliminated by Wisconsin in the conference tournament.
This will be Vanderbilt's second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 15th overall in program history.
The game is set to take place on Thursday, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Game time has yet to be set. Winner between Vanderbilt and Northwestern will face the winner of Gonzaga (No. 1 seed) and South Dakota State on Saturday.