Nine 2002 NCAA Tournament teams, two NIT teams and a demanding non-conference slate highlight the 2002-2003 Vanderbilt men's basketball schedule, released Tuesday.
The Commodores will play 27 regular-season contests this season, including 16 home games. Six of Vanderbilt's conference games will be televised, including the Jan. 14 home game against Kentucky on ESPN. Television arrangements for non-conference games will be announced at a later time.
"Our non-conference schedule must be among the toughest in the country," Head Coach Kevin Stallings said. "I've always said we will try to match our schedule with our team. I don't want to over-schedule and at the same time we want our schedule to be attractive to our team as well as our fans. This schedule reflects our belief we are in the process of getting better."
After opening up the 2002-2003 season with three games in five days at the end of November, the Commodores play host to the Connecticut Huskies. Connecticut advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2002 NCAA Tournament after facing Vanderbilt in Hartford, Conn., early in the season. The Commodores wrap up their six-game season-opening homestand against Tulane Dec. 7.
Three of Vanderbilt's next four games are on the road and could prove to be the toughest stretch of the non-conference schedule. The Commodores begin with a trip to Indiana, which is coming off its national runner-up finish from last season. After a home contest against High Point, Vanderbilt travels to Michigan before Christmas and then heads to Notre Dame after the holiday break.
The SEC schedule begins Jan. 8 at Auburn, and at least six SEC games will be televised. Home games scheduled for television are Jan. 11 vs. Alabama, Jan. 14 vs. Kentucky, and Jan. 29 vs. Georgia. Road games scheduled for television are Jan. 22 at Florida, Mar. 1 at South Carolina, and Mar. 5 at Kentucky. The Commodores have two bye dates during the conference season, Jan. 25 and Feb. 19.
2002-03 Vanderbilt Men's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 22 Southeastern Lousiana 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 24 Alabama A&M 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 Georgia Southern 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 1 Connecticut 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 4 East Tennessee State 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7 Tulane 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 10 at Indiana TBA
Dec. 15 High Point 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 21 at Michigan TBA
Dec. 30 at Notre Dame TBA
Jan. 2 College of Charleston 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 8 at Auburn* TBA
Jan. 11 Alabama* (SEC-TV) TBA
Jan. 14 Kentucky* (ESPN) TBA
Jan. 18 at Tennessee* TBA
Jan. 22 at Florida* (JP) TBA
Jan. 29 Georgia* (JP) TBA