Category Archives: Vanderbilt

Storm clouds on horizon for favorites at SEC tournament

 Photo by me

Lower seeds have certainly ruled the opening day of the SEC baseball tournament.

Of the three games already in the books, no favorites have succeeded. Seventh-seeded Alabama’s 7-1 beating of Auburn was followed by sixth-seeded Ole Miss’ win over No. 3 South Carolina.

The defending national champs, but No. 8 seed LSU just knocked off regular-season champion Florida in a spirited Game 3. Those LSU fans love them some LSU.

It’s now up to Arkansas, the four-seed, to keep it from being a white wash in the night cap against No. 5 Vanderbilt.

On a side note, let me say I’m not happy with the speed with which today’s action has been played. I didn’t leave Regions Park before 2:45 a.m. after covering Alabama in the last game of Day 1 last year. Mad maybe isn’t the word. More like bitter.

UPDATE: Vanderbilt completes the underdog sweep, 2-0 in the nightcap.

VIDEO: Basketball pregame introductions

Tide basketball falls to Vandy

Alabama led most of the night, but a Vandy free-throw with 6 seconds left was the difference in a 65-64 loss in Coleman Coliseum.

The Tide led by as many as 10 early in the second half in a physical and acrobatic game. Alabama freshman Tony Mitchell had a wild ally-oop flush and a one-handed follow dunk among his 10 points.

Mikhail Torrance led the way with 23, but it wasn’t enough. Anthony Brock missed the potential game-winning runner in the final seconds to give Vandy its seventh straight win and Alabama its first loss in five games.

Check back later for a little video from the game. Until then, I’m signing off from Tuscaloosa.

MEDIA DAY 1: Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson up next

Vanderbilt’s Bobby Johnson followed Bobby Petrino at the front of the big room full of reporters.

  • In a monotone voice, the Vandy coach talked about the enthusiasm that is surrounding his program. It was infectious.
  • Again, the Tebow snub was the subject of a question from a Florida-based reporter. Johnson’s response: “I don’t know if you’re going to find the culprit there.” Again, the answer drew laughs.
  • The next answer also drew laughs. When asked about Florida’s potential, Johnson said: “They are going to be pretty good.”
  • I am a particular fan of the following two quotes.
  • “Everybody is inpatient. They all want instant success. We had three horrible years and then they gave me a contract extension.”
  • I’m just glad to be here for my eighth season coming up. I’m sure not many people thought that would happen.”
  • What is the next step for Vanderbilt football: Maintain momentum. “The sky is the limit for Vanderbilt, to tell you the truth.”
  • Don’t forget to vote on the poll and comment on the posts (not a quote from Johnson, just another plug).