Feb 28, 2012; Nashville,TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores forward Jeffery Taylor (44) (left) and guard John Jenkins (23) (right) embrace right before defeating the Florida Gators during the second half at Memorial Gym. Vanderbilt defeated Florida 77-67. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Any lingering doubt about whether Vandy would have dance ticket is now gone after the Commodores beat Florida 77-67 in Nashville last night. On Senior Night for Jeffery Taylor, Festus Ezeli, Brad Tinsley, Lance Goulbourne, and Steve Tchiengang, VU picked up its best win since taking down Marquette back in December. John Jenkins ended up the high point man with 22 thanks in large part to nailing six-of-nine from three, but Taylor at 18 of his own for the hot shooting Commodores.
Florida started off slow but showed pretty good effort the rest of the way. It was a hard fought game from a team that was being outplayed all night, as it was able to make some runs to stay in it for most of the way. However with Will Yeguete out for the season and Patric Young still hobbled, it's not the same team that earned lofty rankings this season. It's going to pick up another blowout loss to Kentucky this weekend, after which the team will have to refocus and regroup to put its season-ending three-game losing streak behind it heading into the postseason tournaments.
Michigan State became the third top-five team (at time of game) to lose at Indiana this year. Kentucky's lone, buzzer beating loss doesn't look so bad anymore, huh?
On National Signing Day, Nick Saban said he resented the "cynical" attitude that led to the NCAA's proposal to allow multiyear scholarships. A couple of weeks ago, Alabama voted to override the NCAA's proposal for multi-year scholarships. Yesterday, a sunny-sounding Saban said, "We're going to offer four-year scholarships... and we're happy to do it." Ever the politician, that one.
LSU has announced plans to expand Tiger Stadium to a capacity of right about 99,500. It will be adding a new structure above the south end zone including upper deck seats, club level seats, and 60 new suites. The new Tiger Stadium will be the third-largest stadium in the conference behind Neyland and Bryant-Denny.
Send up a prayer for our new friends in Missouri, where a line of tornadoes hit the southwest part of the state. Fortunately it doesn't sound anywhere near as bad as the line that ravaged Alabama and elsewhere last year, but there really is no such thing as a good tornado.