The last we saw of Vanderbilt this season is bound to leave a sour taste in the mouths of not just its fans, but virtually everyone who follows college basketball and expected so much of the Commodores this year.
Just the same, it should also leave NCAA Tournament selection committee members with a serious case of bitter beer face, too.
Vanderbilt’s 70-50 loss to Wichita State in a play-in game in Dayton (the “First Four”, you’ll be reminded) was not quite as ugly as the final score indicated, but it was close. The Commodores never led in the second half, fell behind by 11 points but crawled back within two, only to finish the game on the wrong end of a 20-2 run over the final 7 1/2 minutes. The meltdown was punctuated with three minutes left when coach Kevin Stallings picked up a technical foul, and Vandy finished the season with a 19-14 record well below expectations when the season began.
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