Vanderbilt is one loss away from rewriting the record books in the SEC.
Vandy fell on the road to South Carolina Saturday night by the score of 90-64. This loss moved the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team into a tie with the Sewanee Soars of 1938-1940 for the longest regular season losing streak in SEC contests at 24 consecutive defeats in conference play.
South Carolina managed to hold a double-digit lead for the majority of the contest as Vandy never really posed a legitimate threat.
When it was all said and done, Saben Lee was atop the scoring leaders for the black and gold with 17 points despite going just 7-of-15 from the free throw line.
The charity stripe has been an area of ineptitude for the Commodores this year. Vandy was shooting just 68 percent heading into the game Saturday night. That frustrating trend would continue as Vanderbilt converted on only 21-of-35 attempts from the foul line equating to just a 60 percent success rate.
Scottie Pippen Jr. followed Lee up with 11 points, but fouled out with four turnovers before the final buzzer rang. His fellow freshman classmate, Jordan Wright, dropped 10 points to round out the ‘Dores in double figures.
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This season has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster for first year head coach Jerry Stackhouse and his staff who inherited an unfathomable mess left by his predecessor, Bryce Drew.
Drew managed to completely destroy any signs of positivity surrounding the culture of a once proud Vanderbilt basketball program in a span of just three years.
Has Vanderbilt had terrible luck with two first round NBA talents sustaining season ending injuries early in the year in back-to-back campaigns? Absolutely.
But, this is the SEC. A conference that holds itself to a higher standard of success and competitiveness than any other league in college basketball. If you’re looking for pity this is not the place it will be found.
In the five SEC games the team has played this year without star player Aaron Nesmith, the margin of defeat for the ‘Dores sits at 20 points per contest. To make matters worse, Vanderbilt is shooting just 15 percent from the three-point line sinking 20 of their 131 shots from deep.
Unfortunately for Commodore fans, next up on the schedule is a streaking No. 15 Kentucky team who hosts Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.
The ‘Dores will likely stroll into Lexington as double-digit underdogs in a game that will almost certainly leave Vanderbilt with the most embarrassing losing streak the SEC has ever known.
This is rock bottom.