March 1, 2012
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings met with the media on Thursday to discuss the team's regular-season finale at Tennessee on Saturday (3 p.m. CT, ESPN).
The Commodores, 21-9 overall and 10-5 in the SEC, have assured themselves of a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament, but can still finish anywhere from second to fourth depending on the results from the remaining SEC games.
One of the teams that could also finish second in the league is Tennessee. The Vols are now 17-13 overall and 9-6 in the SEC after winning in overtime at LSU on Wednesday night and have won three in a row. (Seeding Scenarios)
For Stallings and the Commodores, the seeding scenarios have little importance to them right now. Instead, their focus remains on the opponent ahead.
"We are not worried about all of those things that we can't control," Stallings said. "We are trying to concern ourselves with how we play and playing well and playing better and getting better.
"Our guys have done a very good job of focusing on that because there have been a lot of distractions, a lot of criticisms, a lot of naysayers and our guys have continued to keep their eye on what is most important, which is continuing to get better so that at the end of the season our team is the best it can be."