Vandy Earns Highest Preseason Ranking Since 1965

Preseason pundits have made their prognostications and have Vanderbilt near the top of the rankings. However, last week the nation’s coaches added their stamp of approval for this year’s Commodores men’s basketball team, placing the squad at No. 7 in their preseason rankings.

After serving a 6 game suspension Festus Ezeli will come back to help the Commodores reach their goal of a Championship.

Head coach John Stallings and this year’s squad join two of Vanderbilt’s most respected teams of all-time with the preseason standing. The No. 7 preseason ranking is the third-best in school history – the 1964-65 team was rated sixth by the Associated Press in the preseason, and the 1965-66 team began the year as the No. 5 team in the country according to the AP. Both of those teams featured all-time Vanderbilt great, Clyde Lee.

It also marks the first time in the Stallings’ era that the Commodores have garnered a preseason ranking, and it is the first time since the 1993-94 team that a Vanderbilt team has appeared in the preseason polls. The ‘Dores were No. 23 that year.

Vanderbilt was also picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference in this week’s media poll.

Tickets for the Championship Rounds of the TicketCity Legends Classic at IZOD Center in the New Jersey Meadowlands can be purchased by calling 800-745-3000 or online.

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Posted on October 27, 2011, in TicketCity Legends Classic. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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