The time has come folks, college basketball is upon us. The greatest and most exciting sport in all the land is getting ready to shift into full gear. And to get ready for that shift, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to break down my top ten preseason rankings one by one, going in depth on each team.
So today we’ll start with #10: The Vanderbilt Commodores.
Vandy comes into the season off of a 23-10 season that finished with an upset loss to Richmond in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Commodores return all five starters off their squad from last year and will look to make some serious noise come March.
Led by juniors John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor, and senior center Festus Ezili, Vanderbilt opens the season up on Nov. 11 vs. Oregon. Later on in the non conference season, Vandy will have key match-ups against North Carolina State and Xavier, and at Louisville and at Marquette. If the Commodores can win at least three of these games they should be in good shape for a nice tournament resume.
Vanderbilt shouldn’t have much trouble in SEC play other than when they have to play the other two powers of the conference, Florida and Kentucky. The three of these schools should provide for a lot of excitement in the SEC East race all the way until the conference tournament in March.
Although they have a tough schedule, Vanderbilt has a great team and if they can get some key wins it should set them up well for a dark horse run at a final four or even a national title.