Commodores ready to dance

March 20, 2014

Saturday's game
No. 8-seed Vanderbilt (18-12) vs. No. 9-seed Arizona State (22-9)

Date: Saturday, March 22
Time: 10 a.m. CT
Location: Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena).
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
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Tickets: For ticket information, call the Commodore ticket office at (615) 322-GOLD (4653) or visit the McGugin Center.

Balcomb | Foggie | Lister

There was jubilation among the Commodores on Monday night when they heard their named called during the NCAA Selection Show and received a No. 8 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
In the days since then, any signs of celebration have quickly faded as the Commodores (18-12) returned to a business-like mentality while preparing for Saturday's tournament opener against Arizona State (22-9) at Savage Arena in Toledo Ohio.
The game tips off at 10 a.m.
Vanderbilt will be making its 15th straight tournament appearance, including 12 consecutive seasons since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
There was concern that Vanderbilt's streak might potentially be in jeopardy this season after the Commodores lost nine of their final 11 regular-season games and then fell to Georgia in the SEC tournament.
But Vanderbilt's resumé -- which featured wins over four ranked teams, including Tennessee -- obviously made an impression on the selection committee, which rewarded Vanderbilt with a No. 8 seed for the second consecutive season.

The Sun Devils, like the Commodores, struggled down the stretch and both teams will carry losing streaks into the tournament: Vanderbilt has dropped four straight games, and Arizona State has lost three in a row, including a 59-57 defeat against USC in the Pac-12 tournament.
Arizona State won five straight games from Jan. 24 through Feb. 4, but has lost six of eight games since then.
The Sun Devils are averaging 69.9 points per game and allowing 65.2. They are shooting 41 percent from the floor, including 32 percent from 3-point range.
Deja Mann is the only Sun Devil to average double figures in scoring -- at 11.0 points per game -- but they have a balanced attack that features six players averaging 7.5 ppg or more.
Kelsey Moos is the team's leading rebounder at 6.6 per game.

Today's game marks the third all-time meeting between Vanderbilt and Arizona State, with the team splitting their first two match-ups.
The Commodores downed the Sun Devils, 61-35, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 in Nashville.
Arizona State won a regular-season meeting, 69-60, against the Commodores in Tempe, Arizona, on Nov. 11, 2005 in the first-ever matchup between the teams.

Vanderbilt senior Christina Foggie has added to her collection of awards and honors in recent days.
Last week, she was named a Third Team All-American by College Sports Madness, and was then named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press.
Foggie, who won the conference's regular-season scoring title, was joined on the First Team by South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, Texas A&M's Courtney Walker, Mississippi State's Martha Alwal, Ole Miss' Tia Faleru and Tennessee's Meighan Simmons and Isabelle Harrison.
Foggie, who is averaging 19.1 points per game for the Commodores, has had a record-breaking season. She became the school's all-time leader in career 3-pointers (274) and also moved into the Top-10 on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list (1,724).
Foggie has scored in double figures in all but two games this season, including every SEC game (plus one game in the SEC tournament). She was named Second Team All-SEC by the conference's coaches.

Plain and simple: The Commodores have become a fixture in the NCAA Tournament.
By receiving an at-large bid to this year's tournament, the Commodores have now been a part of March Madness for 15 consecutive seasons, including making 12 straight appearances since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
Here's a closer look at the Commodores' rich tradition at the NCAA Tournament:
* Have made 26 previous tournament appearances in team history, including 24 of the past 25 seasons.
* Have compiled a total of 39 tournament victories.
* Have won at least one tournament game in 10 of the past 11 seasons.
* Earned a No. 8 seed in last year's tournament, and defeated No. 9-seeded St. Joseph's 60-54. Vanderbilt then fell to eventual national champion UConn, 77-44, in the second round.
* Have made 14 trips to regional semifinals in the program's history, including four times under Balcomb.
* Advanced to Final Four in 1993.
* The 26 tournament appearances by Vanderbilt is the third most in the SEC, behind only Tennessee and Georgia.

2013: #8 Bridgeport
2012: #7 Fresno
2011: #10 Spokane
2010: #6 Sacramento
2009: #4 Raleigh
2008: #4 Spokane
2007: #2 Greensboro
2006: #8 Cleveland
2005: #5 Kansas City
2004: #2 Midwest
2003: #4 East
2002: #1 Midwest
2001: #3 Midwest
2000: #9 Midwest
1998: #6 Mideast
1997: #6 West
1996: #3 Mideast
1995: #1 West
1994: #2 East
1993: #1 Midwest
1992: #3 East
1991: #10 Mideast
1990: #6 Mideast
1989: #7 East
1987: #5 East
1986: #5 Midwest



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