When it comes to college basketball, my favorite team is, without question, the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Sure I am biased because I went to school there, but this team has had some incredible wins in recent years. Here are the top 5.
2008 vs. #1 Tennessee – A year after my graduation, Vandy was led by senior Shan Foster and Freshman AJ Ogilvy. Two days after Tennessee, Vanderbilt’s in state rival, beat #1 Memphis, Tennessee took the title of best team in the country. Only then they had to play at Vanderbilt and got wiped out.
2007 vs. #1 Florida – At the time, Florida was coming off a national championship with every one of their players returned. They were expectedly ranked #1 in country, however did not stand a chance against Vanderbilt. We stormed the court after the victory.
It should be noted that Florida went on to win the national championship again. So yeah, the Commodores should essentially have been given the title that year. Kidding, kidding.
2007 vs. Washington State – This game was not fun to watch. It was in the Sweet 16 and went back and forth the whole game. Derek Byars was out of his mind in this game and had a last minute block that literally saved the Commodores’ season. Vanderbilt barely pulled out the victory and it was a great game.
2007 vs. Mississippi State – In Shan Foster’s last home game at Vanderbilt, he erupted and scored 44 points, including 9 three pointers! This game was an out of body performance by a great player who couldn’t have deserved it more.
2003 vs Mississippi State – This SEC Semi-final game went down to the wire. Like three times. Vanderbilt ended up winning this one in double overtime against a fantastic Mississippi State team under the guidance of Matt Freije.