NCAA Bracket Preview: Complete Vanderbilt Tournament Primer

The Vanderbilt Commodores made the 2011 NCAA Tournament after posting one of the SEC’s best regular-season records, led by top conference scorer John Jenkins.

Record: 23-10, 9-7

RPI: 27

Key wins: Vandy took down Kentucky, eventual SEC champions, back when the Cats were ranked No. 18 in the country. An early-season win against North Carolina, who went on to reach the ACC championship game, also boosts Vandy’s regular-season cred.

Key losses: Spills to Arkansas and South Carolina are particularly ugly. Any losses to non-Alabama SEC West teams should count as two or three. The Dores were also unable to notch any victories over ranked teams besides Kentucky, UNC, and St. Mary’s.

Player to watch: Jenkins. Scoring 19.5 points per game, the six-foot-four sophomore guard changes Vandy’s game when he’s on the floor. Without him, they’re sluggish and struggle to score.

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