Thursday, March 12, 2009

'Dores knocked out of SEC Tournament

By Barca Blog - Vanderbilt's NCAA Tournament hopes came to an end after the Commodores fell to Alabama, 82-75, in the first round of the SEC Tournament Thursday evening at the St. Pete Times Forum.

"Well, we just were outplayed tonight," said head coach Kevin Stallings. "They were better on the boards. They were better on defense, they were better on offense. They beat us in every way. We're very disappointed. We thought we were playing well coming into the game, and we did not play well tonight. Had a lot to do with them.

"We just failed to get out properly on some of their ball screens and they were able to turn the corner. We went zone, and they beat us on penetration from the side a couple of times. So it really didn't matter what we did. We just didn't guard the ball very well.

"Their penetration either led to offensive rebound if they missed the shot or it led to drop offs for dunks and lay ups. So we just weren't good enough on the defensive end to sustain anything and to get enough stops to really get us back in the game."

The Commodores (19-12) will now have to wait until Sunday night to find out if they'll receive an invitation to the NIT. Stay tuned to for the latest news.

For complete coverage of tonight's game including postgame interviews, click here.

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