Vanderbilt Commodores Men’s Basketball Tickets
The Vanderbilt Commodores men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Vanderbilt University. The team is located in Nashville, Tennessee and play their home games at the Memorial Gymnasium. The Memorial Gymnasium has a capacity of 14,316 people and was built in 1952. The building is bizarrely created, with the benches located at the baselines, giving Vanderbilt a unique home-court advantage due to no other arena featuring these bench locations. The team plays in the Southeastern Conference, known as the SEC. The team is currently coached by Kevin Stallings. Since 1999, Stallings has led the team to a 261-159 record including six NCAA Tournament appearances, twice making it to the Sweet Sixteen, and postseason appearances in ten of his thirteen years as coach of the team. Stallings is the first coach in school history to win 20-games seven times.
The team played its first games in 1900, and achieved its first real taste of success in 1952, when they won the SEC Tournament under the direction of coach Bob Polk. The team then made its first NCAA Tournament in 1965 under Roy Skinner, where they made the Elite Eight. To date, the team has made thirteen NCAA Tournament appearances and eleven NIT appearances. The team has featured eight All-Americans, most recently John Jenkins in 2012. The school, known for its academics, has also featured two Academic All-Americans, including Jeff Fosnes, who won the distinction twice in both 1975 and 1976. The team has featured 35 players that have gone on to be drafted in the NBA Draft, with Clyde Lee, selected third overall in the 1966 draft as their highest selection.
Vanderbilt has the unusual distinction of being one of just three teams to have made a three-pointer in every game since the rule was implemented in 1986. They share this distinction with Princeton and UNLV. The team only has two retired numbers, Clyde Lee who has the highest points per game average in team history, along with Perry Wallace, who has the distinction of being the first African-American scholarship athlete in the SEC.
While the team has a variety of rivalries, their most prominent rivalries are with the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky. Vanderbilt has the distinction of being the only conference opponent to defeat Kentucky last season when Kentucky lost only twice en route to eventually winning the National Championship.