Best Reappearing Act of the Weekend: Vanderbilt. Before the Maui Invitational, I thought that Vanderbilt was going to spend the season as a ranked team. Then the Commodores played below their level in Maui and dropped from sight as a contending team. Now after playing much better over the past three weeks, Vandy is looking like I expected it to look from the jump. Against Florida, Vanderbilt shot 53 percent from the floor and turned the ball over only seven times against Florida's pressure. And A.J. Ogilvy is playing well again after being questioned by everyone who saw him early. Ogilvy had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks against the Gators, and took only 13 shots. Freshman John Jenkins has established himself as one of the nation's premier shooters, hitting 12 of his last 19 3-point attempts. When he shoots, you think it's going in ... because it usually does go in.
I think a lot of Vandy fans probably think Festus has a thick Nigerian accent. He actually sounds like a native Californian.
This is what Commodore fans had hoped to see when the season started. A team that had a gameplan that it stuck to, and that clicked on all cylinders. As a result, we got a huge opening SEC win. Make no mistake of its importance, this is a massive confidence booster for our young squad. Seeing the fruits of playing disciplined ball as wins against good teams encourages them to continue to hone that disciplined game.
9) Vanderbilt (11-3)
Vanderbilt’s request to have senior safety Ryan Hamilton receive a sixth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA.