March 5, 2012
Vanderbilt's men's basketball team is a lock to make the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years and third consecutive season for the first time in school history.
Even though the Commodores (21-10, 10-6 SEC) won't have to sweat it out on Selection Sunday, Head Coach Kevin Stallings thinks a strong performance by his Commodores in the SEC Tournament can prove beneficial in the upcoming NCAA tourney.
"It's a momentum opportunity. It's a confidence opportunity," Stallings said in his weekly teleconference Monday. "There are a number of things that can be gained by making a run in (the SEC) tournament. The tournament itself might not have as much implication for us as it does for some others teams maybe trying to play their way into the NCAA Tournament. While it's not an end all (be all)... it can certainly be a springboard."
The Commodores' NCAA seeding could fluctuate based on their performance in New Orleans this weekend. As the SEC's No. 3 seed, Vanderbilt will face the winner between No. 6 Mississippi State and No. 11 Georgia Friday night at 9 p.m. CT. With a victory, the Dores would advance to the semifinals for the fourth time since 2004.
Let's take a look at where the experts predict the Commodores will be sent for March Madness. The official NCAA bracket will be unveiled on CBS' selection show this Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.
NCAA Bracketology as of Monday, March 5
Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com - View Bracket
No. 6 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 seed Washington in Nashville, Tenn.
Andy Glockner, SI.com - View Bracket
No. 5 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Long Beach State in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jerry Palm, CBSsports.com - View Bracket
No. 7 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 West Virginia in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Andrew Bottoms, FoxSports.com - View Bracket
No. 6 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 California in Albuquerque, N.M.