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Vanderbilt Basketball is in a Sad State of Affairs

The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team came into Saturday’s matchup against Tennessee with an 8-8 record and very little optimism surrounding the remainder of the SEC schedule. They had already lost to teams such as Loyola-Chicago, Tulsa, Liberty, and Richmond earlier in the season and were 0-3 in conference play.

The Volunteers held a massive 66-45 lead with time running down on the Commodores, but this story isn’t that of a memorable comeback, rather one of sadness and misery.

Vandy was riding a streak of 1,080 consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer, the second-longest streak in Division I behind UNLV. The ‘Dores were one of just three teams to knock down a three-point shot in every game since the inception of the line back in 1986. Against the Vols, Vandy posted a goose egg, missing all 25 of their three-point attempts (yes, TWENTY-FIVE. Kentucky would NEVER!… Right…?) and ending their record-breaking streak.

Watch in all its glory as the Vanderbilt fans cheer louder than they have all season while down 20-points against an 11-6 Tennessee team.

I’ll be honest, that is one of the saddest displays of being a fan I can ever remember. Good on them for cheering on their team despite being buried into the dirt, but I also can’t help but burst out in borderline tears while watching them “ooh” and “aah” at so many missed threes. Just look at the clock and score and try not to laugh.

However, Vandy was able to keep one streak alive. They lost their 22nd consecutive SEC game, dating back to the Bryce Drew head coaching days and tying the second-longest streak in conference history. The record is 24 losses in a row. New head coach Jerry Stackhouse seemingly wasn’t impressed with the fans getting rowdy as the streak was in jeopardy.

“Basically once we got down to the end of the game and hadn’t made a 3, fans were more concerned about the 3s than us really even getting baskets,” Stackhouse said following the game. “Guys were playing their ass off and trying to compete. So it happens, man. I felt for those kids because they were out there playing and trying to compete and trying to do things the right way, and it just didn’t work out for them.”

Mmmm. Delicious…

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

4 Comments for Vanderbilt Basketball is in a Sad State of Affairs

  1. michaelb
    2:04 pm January 19, 2020 Permalink

    Well it wasn’t long ago, a few people around here were singing the same song

  2. serdi
    2:34 pm January 19, 2020 Permalink

    I have always wish the best for Vanderbilt going back to the Roy Skinner and Tommy Hagan days

    But when they hired a coach who more than likely has a bogus college degree I will put my support for them Aside until they get a new coach

    • terwilliger
      2:56 pm January 19, 2020 Permalink

      This X 1000. Unlike UNC, which wants people to think they are the pinnacle of higher education, Vanderbilt actually IS. So it’s shameful they hired a guy from the “Dean Smith School of Kids Who Can’t Read Good”.

  3. CrystalBall
    5:44 pm January 19, 2020 Permalink