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Finals Week, Win Over Wofford Drop Vanderbilt Basketball in the Top 25 Polls

The Commodores took nine days off for finals, then beat Wofford. Pollsters were not impressed.

Yeah, the Commodores are still looking up at a bunch of teams.
Yeah, the Commodores are still looking up at a bunch of teams.
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Vanderbilt basketball didn't have much of a chance to avenge their upset home to Dayton last week. The university's finals schedule made sure of that. But a nine-day layoff helped top 25 voters forget about the Commodores; they dropped in both the AP and Coaches' rankings this week.

Vandy fell from No. 23 to No. 25 in the Coaches' Poll for week seven. They lost 10 points in the AP rankings to drop from No. 30 to No. 35. That pushed the team back to fourth among SEC programs, behind No. 12 Kentucky, No. 21 Texas A&M, and No. 25 South Carolina.

The Commodores 72-67 loss to the Flyers was Vandy's second in a row after a 6-1 start pushed the team as high as 12th in the Coaches' Poll. They were able to right their ship with an 80-56 win over Wofford on Saturday, but the biggest remaining test of their non-conference schedule will come on Tuesday when they face No. 14 Purdue in West Lafayette. If the 'Dores lose, they'll wrap up 2015 without a true quality win on their resume.

Here's how both polls shook out.

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 12-0 1,623
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 9-1 1,537
3 Oklahoma Sooners 8-0 1,495
4 Maryland Terrapins 10-1 1,428
5 Virginia Cavaliers 9-1 1,350
6 Xavier Musketeers 11-0 1,287
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 9-2 1,215
8 Arizona Wildcats 11-1 1,056
9 Butler Bulldogs 9-1 947
10 Providence Friars 11-1 911
11 Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 907
12 Kentucky Wildcats 9-2 856
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 9-1 851
14 Purdue Boilermakers 11-1 833
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 809
16 Louisville Cardinals 9-1 652
17 Villanova Wildcats 8-2 649
18 SMU Mustangs 9-0 628
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 9-1 470
20 George Washington Colonials 10-1 366
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 327
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 315
23 Baylor Bears 8-2 141
24 Utah Utes 9-2 107
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-0 87
Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, Connecticut 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, Northern Iowa 15, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth 6, Iowa 5, Texas 3, Florida 3, Northwestern 2

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st PREV
1 Michigan St 12-0 773 29 1
2 Oklahoma 8-0 718 2 3
3 Kansas 9-1 716 0 5
4 Maryland 10-1 687 0 7
5 Virginia 9-1 646 0 9
6 Xavier 11-0 603 0 10
7 North Carolina 9-2 520 0 11
8 Arizona 11-1 517 0 12
9 Iowa St. 9-1 506 0 2
10 Duke 9-2 455 0 6
11 Kentucky 9-2 441 0 4
12 Butler 9-1 410 0 18
13 Purdue 11-1 378 0 8
14 Providence 11-1 376 0 14
15 Louisville 9-1 371 0 16
16 Miami-Florida 9-1 323 0 19
17 Villanova 8-2 310 0 13
18 West Virginia 9-1 301 0 16
19 Texas A&M 9-2 169 0 24
20 George Washington 10-1 159 0 22
21 Cincinnati 10-2 153 0 20
22 Baylor 8-2 122 0 14
23 South Carolina 10-0 77 0 25
24 Gonzaga 8-3 59 0 21
25 Vanderbilt 7-3 45 0 23
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 38; Utah 35; Pittsburgh 34; Colorado 31; UCLA 22; Oregon 18; Notre Dame 15; Dayton 10; California 8; Arkansas-Little Rock 8; Northern Iowa 5; Texas 5; Florida 4; Indiana 3; Iowa 2; Monmouth 2.