Oct. 28, 2011
The nation’s college basketball writers have spoken, and the Commodores have been placed at number seven by the Associated Press to begin the 2011-12 basketball season. It is the highest preseason ranking for Vanderbilt since the 1965-66 season, when the Commodores were ranked fifth in the preseason. Vanderbilt was also ranked number seven in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches preseason poll a week ago.
Coach Stallings and this year's group of players join two of Vanderbilt's most respected teams of all time with the preseason standing. The number seven preseason ranking is the third-best in school history - the 1964-65 team was rated number six by the Associated Press in the preseason, and the 1965-66 team began the year as the number five team in the country according to the AP. Both of those teams featured a man named Clyde Lee.
It also marks the first time in the Stallings' era that the Commodores have garnered a preseason ranking, and it is the first time since the 1993-94 team that a Vanderbilt team has appeared in the preseason polls.
The Commodores begin their season on November 7 with a preseason game against Xavier (La.). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.
1. North Carolina
3. Ohio State
20. Texas A&M
Others receiving votes: Florida St. 131, Michigan St. 128, Temple 69, Washington 44, New Mexico 33, Butler 25, Texas 21, Villanova 14, Creighton 12, Purdue 10, Belmont 8, Drexel 8, UNLV 7, Saint Mary's (Cal) 6, George Mason 5, West Virginia 4, Long Beach St. 3, Miami 3, Harvard 2, Illinois 2, Marshall 1, Minnesota 1, San Diego St. 1.