You might remember November 28, 2006.
(or choose to forget it for that matter)
The men's basketball team had just dropped to 1-3 on the young season after a disappointing 70-62 loss to Furman.
Vanderbilt couldn't buy a shot all game long. The entire team finished a dismal 2-for-17 from behind the arc. Even Shan Foster and Derrick Byars had an off night, combining to go just 5-for-25 from the field. Nothing seemed right.
With the Paladins (still coached by former Vanderbilt assistant Jeff Jackson) returning to Memorial Gym tonight for the first time since that game, Coach Stallings reflected on how that loss impacted the 2006-07 squad in this morning's article by Maurice Patton.
"I think what happened that season was a turning point of sorts, but not 'the' turning point," Stallings told The Tennessean. "I think the aftermath, what happened that season, was a turning point. The resolve and the character that team showed, to come back from that loss ... and be a Sweet 16 team, was nothing short of spectacular. That's probably the one team I've coached that came the closest to reaching its absolute potential of any team I've ever coached."
I'll always remember November 28, 2006. Not because of the agony we all felt leaving Memorial Gym that night, but because of the way the team responded to its adversity to give us a season full of special memories that we still talk about two years later (and probably will talk about for a lifetime).
So, after reading Patton's story, I had to go back and watch these two videos. Enjoy!