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Vanderbilt Commodores
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School Name: Vanderbilt University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Arena: Memorial Gymnasium
Capacity: 14,168
Conference: SEC
Head coach: Kevin Stallings

The Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team represents Vanderbilt University in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Commodores have won three SEC regular season titles (1965, 1974 and 1993). They have competed in ten NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Elite Eight once (1965) and the Sweet 16 six times (1965, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2004, and 2007). Vanderbilt has played in nine National Invitation Tournaments, winning it in 1990 and finishing runners-up in 1994.[1]

Kevin Stallings is the current head coach of the Commodores.

Memorial Gymnasium

The Commodores play their home games in Memorial Gymnasium. Memorial Gymnasium was built in the early 1950s. It was dedicated as the campus memorial to students and alumni killed in World War II; a plaque commemorating those who died is displayed in the Gym's North lobby.

At the time of the Gym's construction, there was a serious discussion within the Vanderbilt community about whether the school should de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics and refocus on its academic program. As a compromise between those who advocated increased athletics competition and those who argued in favor of de-emphasis, the Gymnasium was built to hold only about 9,000 seats, and it would be readily adaptable to other uses—significantly, as a possible concert hall.

Consequently, the gymnasium floor was built up above its surroundings, more in the nature of a stage. The areas out of bounds along the sidelines were very wide, in contrast with the small facility which it replaced, where the walls were right along the sidelines and players could scrape their shoulders bringing the ball up the court. This necessitated the placement of the benches at the end of the court, which was not highly unusual at the time.

In addition, each goal was anchored by two far-reaching beams attached to support columns, with extra support coming from cables stretching all the way to the gym's ceiling. In the case of a backboard shatter or beam fracture, replacing these goals would be highly difficult, compared to the usual goal setup at most venues.

Memorial Gym is well-known for its unusual design. The end-of-the-floor bench location is now unique in major college basketball, and SEC coaches who travel to Memorial, along with coaches from other schools who have played at Vanderbilt as a post-season venue, have said that the unusual setup gives Vanderbilt a tremendous home court advantage, since no other facility in which opponents play is arranged in such a way.[2]

Year-by-year season records

Season Head Coach Overall Record Win Overall Record Loss Conf. Record Win Conf. Record Loss Conf. Pos. Postseason
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1900-01 W.D. Weatherford 2 2
1901-02 W.D. Weatherford 5 2
1902-03 Grinnell Jones 6 0
1903-04 J. Hamilton 6 1
1904-05 No team 0 0
1905-06 No scores recorded 0 0
1906-07 J.N. (Stein) Stone 6 1
1907-08 W.L. Throop 6 10
1908-09 E.J. Hamilton 11 4
1909-10 R.B McGehee 10 3
1910-11 Carl (Zeke) Martin 8 2
1911-12 Carl (Zeke) Martin 9 9
1912-13 Oscar G. Nelson 3 4
1913-14 G.T. Denton 6 3
1914-15 G.T. Denton 6 6
1915-16 G.T. Denton 11 3
1916-17 G.T. Denton 3 8
1917-18 Ralph Palmer 6 3
1918-19 Ralph Palmer 8 2
1919-20 G.T. Denton 14 4
1920-21 G.T. Denton 8 13
1921-22 Wallace Wade 8 8
Southern Conference
1922-23 Wallace Wade 16 8 2 0
1923-24 Josh Cody 7 15 1 3
1924-25 Josh Cody 12 13 4 3
1925-26 Josh Cody 8 18 2 7
1926-27 Josh Cody 20 4 7 1 Southern Conference Tournament Champions
1927-28 Johnny (Red) Floyd 5 7 2 5
1928-29 Johnny (Red) Floyd 4 12 2 5
1929-30 Garland Morrow 6 16 1 9
1930-31 Garland Morrow 16 8 7 7
1931-32 Josh Cody 8 11 5 7
Southeastern Conference
1932-33 Josh Cody 14 8 11 5 (3rd)
1933-34 Josh Cody 11 6 8 5 (5th)
1934-35 Josh Cody 9 11 9 6 (4th)
1935-36 Josh Cody 9 14 9 4 (2nd)
1936-37 Jim Buford 6 10 3 7 (11th)
1937-38 Jim Buford 9 12 4 8 (10th)
1938-39 Jim Buford 14 7 7 5 (6th)
1939-40 Jim Buford 10 12 5 7 (10th)
1940-41 Jim Buford 8 9 3 9 (11th)
1941-42 Norm Cooper 7 9 3 8 (t-9th)
1942-43 Norm Cooper 10 8 9 7 (6th)
1943-44 Smokey Harper 12 3 No formal SEC schedule
1944-45 Gus Morrow 6 6 No formal SEC schedule
1945-46 Gus Morrow 3 10 2 5 (9th)
1946-47 Norm Cooper 7 8 4 7 (8th)
1947-48 Bob Polk 8 14 4 11 (12th)
1948-49 Bob Polk 14 8 9 5 (4th)
1949-50 Bob Polk 17 8 11 3 (2nd)
1950-51 Bob Polk 19 8 10 4 (t-2nd)
1951-52 Bob Polk 18 9 9 5 (t-2nd) SEC Tournament Champions
1952-53 Bob Polk 10 9 5 8 (t-7th)
1953-54 Bob Polk 12 10 5 9 (t-8th)
1954-55 Bob Polk 16 6 9 5 (t-3rd)
1955-56 Bob Polk 19 4 11 3 (3rd)
1956-57 Bob Polk 17 5 10 4 (2nd)
1957-58 Bob Polk 14 11 7 7 (7th)
1958-59 Roy Skinner (acting) 14 10 8 6 (t-5th)
1959-60 Bob Polk 14 9 7 7 (t-6th)
1960-61 Bob Polk 19 5 10 4 (t-2nd)
1961-62 Roy Skinner 12 12 6 8 (t-6th)
1962-63 Roy Skinner 16 7 9 5 (4th)
1963-64 Roy Skinner 19 6 8 6 (t-4th)
1964-65 Roy Skinner 24 4 15 1 (1st) NCAA Elite Eight
1965-66 Roy Skinner 22 4 13 3 (2nd)
1966-67 Roy Skinner 21 5 14 4 (t-2nd)
1967-68 Roy Skinner 20 6 12 6 (3rd)
1968-69 Roy Skinner 15 11 9 9 (t-5th)
1969-70 Roy Skinner 12 14 8 10 (6th)
1970-71 Roy Skinner 13 13 9 9 (t-4th)
1971-72 Roy Skinner 16 10 10 8 (4th)
1972-73 Roy Skinner 20 6 13 5 (t-2nd)
1973-74 Roy Skinner 23 5 15 3 (t-1st) NCAA Sweet 16
1974-75 Roy Skinner 15 11 10 8 (5th)
1975-76 Roy Skinner 16 11 12 6 (3rd)
1976-77 Wayne Dobbs 10 16 6 12 (t-6th)
1977-78 Wayne Dobbs 10 17 6 12 (8th)
1978-79 Wayne Dobbs 18 9 11 7 (t-3rd)
1979-80 Richard Schmidt 13 13 7 11 (t-6th)
1980-81 Richard Schmidt 15 14 7 11 (7th)
1981-82 C. M. Newton 15 13 7 11 (t-7th)
1982-83 C. M. Newton 19 14 9 9 (t-4th) NIT Second Round
1983-84 C. M. Newton 14 15 8 10 (t-7th)
1984-85 C. M. Newton 11 17 4 14 (10th)
1985-86 C. M. Newton 13 15 7 11 (7th)
1986-87 C. M. Newton 18 16 7 11 (t-8th) NIT Quarterfinals
1987-88 C. M. Newton 20 11 10 8 (t-4th) NCAA Sweet 16
1988-89 C. M. Newton 19 14 12 6 (t-2nd) NCAA First Round
1989-90 Eddie Fogler 21 14 7 11 (t-7th) NIT Champions
1990-91 Eddie Fogler 17 13 11 7 (4th) NCAA First Round
Southeastern Conference (East Division)
1991-92 Eddie Fogler 15 15 6 10 (5th) NIT First Round
1992-93 Eddie Fogler 28 6 14 2 (1st) NCAA Sweet 16
1993-94 Jan van Breda Kolff 20 12 9 7 (3rd) NIT Runners-up
1994-95 Jan van Breda Kolff 13 15 6 10 (4th)
1995-96 Jan van Breda Kolff 18 14 7 9 (4th) NIT Second Round
1996-97 Jan van Breda Kolff 19 12 9 7 (4th) NCAA First Round
1997-98 Jan van Breda Kolff 20 13 7 9 (t-4th) NIT Quarterfinals
1998-99 Jan van Breda Kolff 14 15 5 11 (5th)
1999–2000 Kevin Stallings 19 11 8 8 (4th) NIT First Round
2000-01 Kevin Stallings 15 15 4 12 (6th)
2001-02 Kevin Stallings 17 15 6 10 (t-5th) NIT Second Round
2002-03 Kevin Stallings 11 18 3 13 (6th)
2003-04 Kevin Stallings 23 10 8 8 (t-3rd) NCAA Sweet 16
2004-05 Kevin Stallings 20 14 8 8 (3rd) NIT Second Round
2005-06 Kevin Stallings 17 13 7 9 (4th) NIT First Round
2006-07 Kevin Stallings 22 12 10 6 (2nd) NCAA Sweet 16
2007-08 Kevin Stallings 26 8 10 6 (3rd) NCAA First Round
2008-09 Kevin Stallings 19 12 8 8 (t-4th)
2009-10 Kevin Stallings 24 9 12 4 (2nd) NCAA First Round
2010-11 Kevin Stallings 23 11 9 7 (3rd) NCAA First Round
TOTAL OVERALL RECORD 1,470 1,035 663 617


Note: Fansonly.com reports Vanderbilt's overall record in 1937-38 as 9-12, while SECSports.com reports it as 10-11.

Source: Soconsports.com[3]

Source: SECSports.com[4]

Source: Fansonly.com[5]

Retired numbers

Only two male Commodores have had their jerseys retired by the university:

  • Clyde Lee #43 - Lee was perhaps the greatest player in Commodore history. He averaged the most points per game in school history and the balconies on the south end of Memorial Gymnasium are commonly referred to as the "balconies that Clyde built".
  • Perry Wallace #25 - The first African-American scholarship athlete in the Southeastern Conference.
Clyde Lee
Clyde Lee
1964-1966
Jersey Retired
Perry Wallace
Perry Wallace
1967-1970
Jersey Retired


Consecutive games with a 3-point field goal

Vanderbilt is one of only three teams to make a 3-point field goal in every game since the rule was implemented in the 1986-87 season. The other two teams to do so are Princeton and UNLV. As of halfway though the 2010-11 season, the Commodores have made a 3-point shot in 792 consecutive games.

All-Americans

  • Shan Foster- 2008
  • Dan Langhi- 2004
  • Billy McCaffrey- 1993 and 1994
  • Will Perdue- 1988
  • Tom Hagan- 1969
  • Clyde Lee- 1966
  • Billy Joe Adcock- 1950

Source: VUCommodores.com[6]

SEC Players of the Year

  • Shan Foster - 2008 (consensus)
  • Derrick Byars - 2007 (SEC coaches)
  • Dan Langhi - 2000 (consensus, but shared AP award)
  • Billy McCaffrey - 1993 (shared AP award)
  • Will Perdue - 1988 (consensus)
  • Jan van Breda Kolff - 1974 (consensus)
  • Clyde Lee- 1965 (consensus) and 1966 (UPI)

Source: VUCommodores.com[6]

Academic All-Americans

  • Jeff Fosnes - 1975, 1976
  • Bruce Elder - 1993

Olympians

  • Jeff Turner- won the gold medal in men's basketball as a member of Team USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[7]

Coaching awards

  • Kevin Stallings- SEC Coach of the Year 2007, SEC Coach of the Year 2010 [8]
  • Eddie Fogler- 1993 National Coach of the Year by AP, UPI, CBS, USBWA, Scripps-Howard, Sports lllustrated, Sporting News, Basketball Weekly[9]
  • C. M. Newton- SEC Coach of the Year, 1988 & 1989
  • Wayne Dobbs- SEC Coach of the Year, 1979
  • Roy Skinner- SEC Coach of the Year, 1965, 1967, 1974 & 1976

All-time leaders

Points

Player Career Points
1 Shan Foster (2004–2008) 2,011
2 Matt Freije (2000–2004) 1,891
3 Phil Cox (1981–85) 1,724
4 Ronnie McMahan (1991–95) 1,719
5 Mike Rhodes (1977–81) 1,699

Points per game (min 50 games)

Player Career PPG
1 Clyde Lee (1964–66) 21.4
2 Billy McCaffrey (1993–94) 20.6
3 Tom Hagan (1967–69) 19.9
4 Jim Henry (1957–59) 17.6
5 Terry Compton (1972–74) 16.6

Rebounds

Player Career Rebounds
1 Clyde Lee (1964–66) 1,223
2 Perry Wallace (1968–70) 894
3 Bobby Thym (1954–57) 872
4 Bob "Snake" Grace (1963–65) 837
5 Charley Harrison (1953–56) 802

Assists

Player Career Assists
1 Atiba Prater (1996-00) 517
2 Frank Seckar (1993–96) 455
3 Kevin Anglin (1990–93) 435
4 Jan Van Breda Kolff (1972–74) 430
5 Derrick Wilcox (1987–90) 423

Steals

Player Career Steals
1 Drew Maddux (1994–98) 214
1 Frank Seckar (1993–96) 214
3 Atiba Prater (1996-00) 212
4 James Strong (1996-00) 209
5 Kevin Anglin (1990–93) 192

Blocks

Player Career Blocks
1 Will Perdue (1984, 86-88) 157
2 Festus Ezeli (2008-Present) 141
3 A.J. Ogilvy (2008–10) 129
4 Juilan Terrell (2003-06) 116
5 Chris Woods (1992–95) 108
6 Dawid Przybyszewski (2002–05) 75

Source: 2007-08 Vanderbilt Commodores Media Guide "Records". http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/mediarecords0708mbbmedia.pdf. 

References

See also

  • Derrick Byars
  • Jeff Fosnes
  • Bruce Elder
  • Shan Foster
  • Matt Freije
  • Jan van Breda Kolff
  • Frank Kornet
  • Dan Langhi
  • Clyde Lee
  • Billy McCaffrey
  • Will Perdue
  • Kevin Stallings
  • Jeff Turner
  • Vanderbilt Commodores football
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball

Conference membership history


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