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.
They didn’t make one but it was hilarious and electric television pic.twitter.com/OLoyy6Zvfy
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 19, 2020
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.”
The crowd couldn't believe it…
Tennessee snaps Vanderbilt's streak of 1,080 consecutive games with a 3-pt made. pic.twitter.com/w2Q4LiRb9I
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 19, 2020