VANDY MEN’S BASKETBALL A HEAD SCRATCHER

Memorial Magic, does it exist anymore or has it taken some kind of road liking? Vanderbilt is 4-2 on the road in the SEC while just 1-4 at home. That's insane.

Maybe Vandy should just play the rest of its games on the road this season. I'm sure the Commodore's opponents would gladly arrange that, or would they?

It's a head scratcher though. Why has Vandy struggled so much at home while pulling off stunning wins on the road?

For instance, Vandy beats a ranked Florida team in Gainesville and then triumphantly marches into Memorial for the next game only to lose to Arkansas, a team they dominated in Fayetteville, last night. Commodore fans are jumping off bridges one game and the next game dancing in the streets.

I think a lot of this is just momentum and how the team handles success. They've beaten some great teams on the road. The Florida road win is an example. They pull off a victory that no one expected. Then they host a mid-level Arkansas team at home the next game. No challenge here, should be an easy win. Not! Vandy goes down.

Then they win at Texas A&M. The Aggies certainly aren't near as powerful as last season but they rarely lose at home. Vandy dominates them on the road and it's never really close, same as last night in Fayetteville. Then they come back to Memorial only to lose to an average Ole Miss squad.

Questions for the rest of the season. Road wins are supposed to count more towards an NCAA bid than home wins. I think it's possible that this team could win six its last seven regular season games. That would put them at 18-13 heading into the SEC Tournament in Nashville. Vanderbilt is currently 48th in the official NCAA RPIs.

Simply put, this team's season is far from over. They have an opportunity to achieve something special but they've got give optimal focus and effort against every remaining opponent.

That starts with last-place Missouri in Columbia on Saturday. Another Vandy stinker and it's off to the bridges for Vandy fans again.

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