March 4, 2007
Vanderbilt will play the winner of the South Carolina-Arkansas match-up in quarterfinal action of the 2007 Southeastern Conference Tournament, Friday, March 9 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The contest will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports with an approximate tip time of 2:15 p.m. CT.
South Carolina battles Arkansas in first-round play Thursday at 2:15 p.m. CT. The four-day tournament runs through Sunday.
The Commodores (20-10) tied Tennessee for second place in the SEC Eastern Division with a 10-6 conference record but earned the division's No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament because of their 7-3 division record. Tennessee was 6-4 against SEC East teams.
Vanderbilt has not received a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament since winning the SEC overall crown after a 14-2 league mark in 1993. Vanderbilt is a No. 2 seed at the SEC Tournament for the first time since the league split into two divisions prior to the 1992 campaign.
The Commodores have never played South Carolina in the SEC Tournament. Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt, 79-65, at the 1995 SEC Tournament in the only neutral site meeting in series history.
Vanderbilt owns a 28-44 all-time mark at the SEC Tournament. The Commodores advanced to the quarterfinals of last year's event in Nashville, before losing to LSU, 92-73. Vanderbilt's lone SEC Tournament title came in 1951 when the Commodores defeated Kentucky 61-57 in Louisville, Ky.
The Commodores are coming off an 82-67 setback to Arkansas Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. Derrick Byars led Vanderbilt with 19 points and eight rebounds. Dan Cage added 15 points and was 9-of-9 from the foul line. The loss snapped Vanderbilt's 13-game home win streak, including seven consecutive against league foes.