Team preview: Vanderbilt

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 9, 2003, 1:57 PM ET
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It was a familiar refrain for Vanderbilt last season. The Commodores got off to a decent start against a tough schedule and pulled off some key wins (Alabama, Georgia) through the first month of the SEC season. Then came February.

That month hasn't been kind to the Commodores, and last season, neither was March. After beating Ole Miss on Feb. 1, Vanderbilt didn't win again until upsetting Alabama in the SEC Tournament on March 13. By then, the losing streak had reached nine games, stretched out over 41 agonizing days.