The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will find out their NCAA seeding, if any, today at 5 p.m. CST on the CBS NCAA Selection Show. The Commodore team will gather in private to watch the show. There are still some conference tournamen championships to be played but what are the possible seeding scenarios? Who are possible first-round opponents? Where can we expect Vanderbilt to go?
What can the Commodores
expect as far as a seeding? If you are expecting anything less than a No.
6 seed you can forget it. The Bracket Project, which tracks 32
bracket predictors and creates an overall projected tournament seeding has Vanderbilt as a No. 7
seed as of 8:00 p.m. CST on Saturday night.
Of the 32 services listed
on the Project just one lists Vanderbilt as a No. 5 seed, 7 list
Vanderbilt as a No. 6 seed, 7 give the Commodores a No. 7 seed, 12 have Vandy at a No. 8 seed,
1 at No. 9, 1 at No. 10 and 2 at No. 11. One service does not even give
Vanderbilt a seeding.
VANDYMANIA PROJECTION: No. 8
Boise State was a nice opening opponent in 1993 but
this Vanderbilt team will likely see a much more formidable
opponent. According to the Project, if Vanderbilt earns a No. 7 seed the Commodores could
expect possible first round opponents such as Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Winthrop and
Syracuse. These teams are projected as No. 10 seeds by the
If the Commodores get a
No. 8 seed then Commodores could possibly meet Indiana, Villanova, Michigan State or Xavier in the first round. A No. 9 seed and Vandy
could get a meeting
with USC, Boston College, Butler or Kentucky. However, it would be
unlikely that the NCAA would pair two teams from the same conference in
the first round so
scratch Kentucky. A No. 10 seed could get the Commodores a first
round game with teams such as Duke, Creighton and USC.
VANDYMANIA PROJECTION: Villanova (First
This year's NCAA
Tournament features first and second round games in Buffalo, Lexington,
Sacramento, Winston-Salem, Chicago, Columbus, New Orleans, and Spokane.
Already have a short
trip planned to Lexington or Winston-Salem for the first round? You'd better
think again. Vanderbilt traditionally gets sent packing in the NCAA Tournament. Why? Because
Vanderbilt doesn't travel as well as some of other schools such as Florida,
North Carolina, Kentucky. Even though the NCAA is all about amateur athletics the NCAA
and the cities hosting the first round games want to make money.
The Commodores traveled to
Orlando, Fla. in 2004 for the first round, which was historically one of Vandy's
better draws as far as location. Ten years ago Vanderbilt faced Xavier in the
opening round in frigid Auburn Hills, Mich. In 1993, after Vanderbilt's
greatest regular season in modern Commodore history, the 'Dores were sent to Salt Lake
City. In 1991 the Commodores traveled to Tucson and in 1989 to
beautiful Providence. Our best guess for this team is Buffalo, Sacramento or Spokane.
VANDYMANIA PROJECTION: Buffalo, N.Y.
Tournament 1st and 2nd Round Locations
15th and 17th
16th and 18th
New Orleans, LA
Past NCAA Tournament Appearances
Tournament History (Yearly Results)
Semifinal: Vanderbilt 83, DePaul 78 OT (March 12)
Michigan 87, Vanderbilt 85 (March 13)
Semifinal: Marquette 85, Vanderbilt 61 (March
Regional Third-Place: Notre Dame 118, Vanderbilt 88 (March
1st Round: [No. 7] Vanderbilt 80, [No. 10] Utah State 77; Lincoln,
Neb. (March 18)
2nd Round: Vanderbilt 80, [No. 2] Pittsburgh 74; Lincoln,
Neb. (March 20)
Semifinal: [No. 6] Kansas 77, Vanderbilt 64; Pontiac, Mich.
1st Round: [No. 9] Notre Dame 81, [No. 8] Vanderbilt 65; Providence,
R.I. (March 17)
1st Round: [No. 8] Georgetown 70, [No. 9] Vanderbilt 60; Tucson, Ariz.
1st Round: [No. 3] Vanderbilt 92, [No. 14] Boise State 72; Salt Lake
City, Utah (March 18)
2nd Round: Vanderbilt 85, [No. 6] Illinois 68; Salt
Lake City, Utah (March 20)
Semifinal: [No. 7] Temple 67, Vanderbilt 59;
Seattle, Wash. (March 26)
1st Round: [No. 7] Xavier 80, [No. 10] Vanderbilt 68; Auburn Hills,
Mich. (March 13)
1st Round: [No. 6] Vanderbilt 71, [No. 11] Western Michigan 58;
Orlando, Fla. (March 19)
2nd Round: [No. 6] Vanderbilt 75, [No. 3] N.C. State
73; Orlando, Fla. (March 21)
Semifinal: [No. 1] Connecticut 73, [No. 6]
Vanderbilt 53; Phoenix, Ariz. (March 25)
Related Link: The Bracket Project