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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS view
Thursday, Feb. 10: Vanderbilt 81, Alabama 77
Saturday, Feb. 12: Vanderbilt 81, Kentucky 77
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Vanderbilt at Georgia, 6 p.m. CT, TV: ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 19: Vanderbilt at Auburn, 3 p.m. CT, TV: SEC Network
COMMODORES MOVE UP IN RANKINGS
With two big conference wins last week, Vanderbilt jumped to its highest ranking of the year in both major polls.
The Commodores (18-6, 6-4 SEC) are 18th in the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Kentucky (No. 22) and Florida (No. 14/15) also appear in the rankings.
ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi moved Vanderbilt up one spot to a No. 5 seed.
SI.com's Andy Glockner also placed VU as a No. 5 seed.
And CBSsports.com's Jerry Palm gave the 'Dores a No. 5 seed as well.
NEWS ON THE COMMODORES
VUcommodores.com: ESPNU All-Access on the Commodores
ESPNU airings: Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. CT; Friday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT; Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. CT; and Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m. CT.VUcommodores.com: VU travels to Georgia Wednesday
VUcommodores.com: CBS video preview of VU-UGA matchup
VUcommodores.com: 104.5 Interview with Kevin Stallings
VUcommodores.com: Jenkins nabs 2nd SEC Player of Week
VUcommodores.com: Replay of Kevin Stallings' Call-in Show
Chris Dortch, Blue Ribbon: Fast Break on John Jenkins
SECsports.com: Monday teleconference with Kevin Stallings
Andy Glockner, SI.com: Jenkins on All-Underappreciated Team
MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
ESPN.com: Weekly Watch Week 12
More teams that impressed us: VanderbiltESPN.com: Andy Katz's Observations from the week
"The Commodores don't like to do anything easy. In a span of three days, Vandy clipped Alabama and Kentucky at home, both coming down to the final possessions. Alabama coach Anthony Grant and Kentucky coach John Calipari looked exasperated at one point -- and that's what Memorial Magic will do to coaches."
ESPN.com: Eamonn Brennan's Observations from the week
ESPN.com: NCAA Bubble Watch
Teams that should be in: Vanderbilt [18-6 (6-4), RPI: 15, SOS: 11]SI.com: Seth Davis' Hoops Thoughts
"After Thursday night's thrilling home win over Alabama, the Commodores' at-large chances were already looking strong. After Saturday's win over Kentucky, those chances are such that it would take a massive February collapse for Kevin Stallings' team to miss the tournament. The one thing Vanderbilt really needed was a marquee win, and as far as the RPI is concerned, it's hard to do much better than beating Kentucky. Provided the Dores don't pile up too many egregious slip-ups the rest of the way -- Saturday's game at Auburn could be particularly dangerous and damaging -- they'll have no problem getting to the Big Dance."
SI.com: Andy Glockner's Bubble Watch
Should be in: Vanderbilt [18-6, 6-4; RPI: 17, SOS: 13]CBSsports.com: Gary Parrish's Weekend Look Back
"The 'Dores got a hard-earned home sweep of Alabama and Kentucky by identical 81-77 scores to slip into second place in the East. If they can hold onto that spot, they'll get a first-round bye in the SEC tournament, which would be a nice bonus. It won't be easy, though. Four of the last six are away from Memorial Gym and the two home games are Tennessee and Florida."
GW: North Carolina (N), Saint Mary's, Kentucky
FoxSports.com: Jeff Goodman's Weekly Recap
FoxSports.com: Power Rankings
SEC STANDINGS view
South Carolina 4-6
Mississippi State 5-5
Ole Miss 4-6