Since Bud Walton Arena opened, Vanderbilt has played there 14 times. They have won twice.
Against both good and bad Arkansas teams (and mind you, this is a bad Arkansas team), Vanderbilt figures out ways to lose.
And I think I figured out why we lost last night. Committing 26 turnovers (accounting for 30 percent of Vanderbilt's possessions)... yeah, that's no way to win a basketball game. This means that three times out of ten, Vanderbilt did not even get a shot off. The Commodores shot the ball very well, defended well, and rebounded well. They got to the free throw line and converted their free throws. Turning the ball over that much is how you do all of that and manage to lose the game.
Which, well, also describes the last time Vanderbilt played at Bud Walton Arena. Burn that place to the ground.
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- Damian Jones came to play tonight. That's all I can really say about that.
- Matthew Fisher-Davis also came to play. MFD did unleash the saddest dunk I have ever seen, though.
- Welcome back, Luke Kornet! Before the game the word was that Luke would play a few minutes; instead, Luke played 28 and... looked like the Luke of old.
- And that's really it as far as the positives go. Other than making a runner with 12 seconds left in regulation that (briefly) looked like it might have won the game, Wade Baldwin did not have a good game.
- Jeff Roberson didn't hurt the team, which is the nicest thing I can say about his night.
- It doesn't show up in the stat line, but Carter Josephs' absolute refusal to shoot the ball, like, ever meant that on several possessions he was dribbling around desperately looking for someone when the shot clock was running out.
- Riley LaChance's shooting stroke is on the back of milk cartons right now.
- With Luke back, Josh Henderson and Nolan Cressler played a lot less.
- I honestly don't actually remember Camron Justice getting into the game.
- It's probably unfair that Joe Toye ends up with a negative Game Score because of a foul, because he was trying to foul the guy.
The less said about this game, the better. Now Vanderbilt travels to play undefeated South Carolina (this is men's basketball, correct?) on Saturday, in a game that realistically could put the Commodores at 0-3 in SEC play. And that would be really, really bad.
But seriously... this team needs to, you know, win a game.