Two straight losses - both coming after Vanderbilt had opened up double-digit leads - have dropped the Commodores out of the AP Top 25. Things are slightly better according to the NCAA's coaches; they've got Vandy clinging to a ranked position at No. 23.
Kevin Stallings's team has lost their last two games after peaking at No. 16 (AP)/No. 12 (Coaches') two weeks ago. They surrendered a 52-39 second half lead in a 69-67 defeat to then-No. 25 Baylor on December 6th. Three days later, they led Dayton 38-22 on their home court but couldn't hold off the Flyers, who rallied to a 72-67 upset victory and gave Vandy their third loss in four games.
The Commodores will have a chance to right the ship when they host 3-5 Wofford on December 19th. After that, they'll face a huge test when they travel to Indiana to take on No. 9 Purdue. They'll do so without Luke Kornet (MCL tear) and Camron Justice (groin injury). Though Vandy has the depth to absorb those absences, they'll need everyone to be on point if they're going to deal the Boilermakers their first loss of the season.
Here's how those polls look in full. First, the AP:
|1||Michigan State Spartans (64)||11-0||1,621|
|2||Kansas Jayhawks (1)||8-1||1,499|
|5||Iowa State Cyclones||9-0||1,370|
|7||Duke Blue Devils||8-1||1,271|
|11||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-2||1,023|
|20||West Virginia Mountaineers||8-1||466|
|21||George Washington Colonials||9-1||256|
|24||Texas A&M Aggies||8-2||152|
|Also Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 44, South Carolina 42, Oregon 37, Colorado 21, Vanderbilt 18, Wichita St 17, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Dayton 14, Pittsburgh 12, Georgetown 8, Utah 7, Texas 4, Notre Dame 4, Syracuse 3, Northwestern 3, Iowa 3, Marquette 1, Army 1, Houston 1, Florida 1|
|Dropped Out: Gonzaga 20, Vanderbilt 21, Oregon 24, Utah 25|
And the Coaches'.
|1||Michigan State (28)||11-0||794|
|2||Iowa State (3)||9-0||719|
|Also Receiving Votes: UCLA 59, Connecticut 45, Oregon 38, Pittsburgh 30, Colorado 25, Wichita St 19, Dayton 18, Notre Dame 15, Davidson 13, Syracuse 12, Indiana 9, Arkansas-Little Rock 9, California 9, LSU 8, Iowa 8, Northwestern 7, Georgetown 6, Texas 3, UNLV 2, Utah 1, Florida 1, South Dakota State 1|
|Dropped Out: Oregon 23, Utah 24|