Who? The Commodores of Vanderbilt.
What? The school is named after Cornelius Vanderbilt; the teams are named after his nickname, the Commodore.
Where? Nashville, Tennessee, Music City.
When? March 23rd, in Storrs, Connecticut.
Why? This isn’t Vandy’s best team, but they have solid numbers.
How? They were an at-large selection.
Surprise? Predicted to finish third in the conference, they ended up in seventh.
Record: 20-11 (9-7 SEC)
Good wins: At Oklahoma.
Bad losses: Virginia in San Juan.
Who’s running this show? Melanie Balcomb, since 2002. Her previous stint was at Xavier, where she took them to the Elite Eight.
Extra, Extra! The Tennesseean.
Senior forward Tiffany Clarke has upped her game this year, leading the Commodores with 16.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard Christina Foggie has been off her game this year, perhaps struggling to recover from a knee injury, but she’s still putting up 14.1 points per game. Junior guard Jasmine Lister runs the offense, averaging just over 5 assists per game.
It seems unusual that Vanderbilt is shooting fewer threes this year than their opponents. They’re looking more inside with Clarke.