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Links: 03.05.2010

First: Happy Birthday, Dad! (Or as AOG might call him, KingJamesIII...)

Now that that's out of the way, enjoy these links, fresh from the tubes of the internet:

Stallings talks Beal's Senior Day, Tinsley's struggles and more at Vanderbilt | Tennessean Blogs

On Jer­maine Beal's career and him excee­ding expectations ... "I would say he’s excee­ded my expec­ta­tions. He’s excee­ded them from a work-ethic stand­point, although I knew he was a hard wor­ker when he got him. He’s excee­ded them from just what a won­der­ful young man he’s been. He’s cer­tainly excee­ded them this year on the court. "I don’t know why I’m sur­pri­sed because his work ethic is terri­fic and his off­sea­son regi­ment is sort of legen­dary. I don’t know why he’s excee­ded my expec­ta­tions, but he has. He’s had a terri­fic year."

Goulbourne to remain out with foot injury at Vanderbilt

"It's a stress reac­tion, just like the stage right before a stress frac­ture. If I had been pla­ying on it (this past week), it pro­bably would have frac­tu­red. So I caught it right before it did. It’s on the inside of my foot. "It just came up ran­domly. It wasn’t hur­ting me. Then all of a sud­den this pain star­ted gra­dually get­ting big­ger and big­ger. It star­ted hur­ting me when I was wal­king around, so I had to say something to the trainer.

Yahoo! Sports All-Conference teams - College Basketball |

SEC Second Team G Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt Third Team F Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt Sixth Man of the Year: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

2010 SEC Tournament: Vandy's 5 toughest matchups | InsideVandy

2010 SEC Tournament Preview | InsideVandy

2010 SEC Tournament: Five players to watch | InsideVandy

2010 SEC Tournament: X-Factors | InsideVandy

2010 SEC Tournament: Five Overarching Storylines | InsideVandy

Breaks of the Game | Basketball Prospectus

5. Vanderbilt (projected: 10-5; actual: 12-3) Their loss at home to Kentucky on February 20 was a heart-breaker, sure, but it also stands out as the only SEC game decided by single digits that the Commodores have lost this season. In conference games decided by less than ten points, Kevin Stallings' men are 9-1. Historically speaking, that is atypical.

New Mexico enters top five of Power Rankings; Syracuse at No. 1 - Stewart Mandel |

12) Vanderbilt Commodores (23-6) Vandy is very quietly playing some of its best ball of the season. Beginning on Feb. 9, when they crushed Tennessee 90-71, the Commodores have won six of seven, their sole loss came on a last-second home heartbreaker against Kentucky. They followed up an 89-72 road dismantling of Arkansas with another road win on Tuesday, an impressive 64-60 takedown of Florida at the O-Dome. It marked their first season sweep of the Gators since 1997.

The overriding difference in that Florida game was three-point shooting -- Vandy hit half of its attempts (10-of-20, including 6-of-9 from John Jenkins), while Florida went just 2-for-13. If the 'Dores played defense like that every game, they'd be a surefire pick to go deep in the NCAAs, because hot-shooting opponents always create the biggest upset trap. But just two games earlier, Vandy found itself in an unexpected shootout -- at home -- against Georgia (12-13 at the time). The 'Dores finally prevailed, 96-94, by hitting two huge shots in the last 33 seconds to force overtime. Offensively, there's a lot to like about A.J. Ogilvy and Co., and they can play with nearly anyone, but their inconsistent defense leaves them susceptible to upsets.

Baseball powers past Tennessee Tech 10-1 - VANDERBILT OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Baseball hosts Music City Classic - VANDERBILT OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE