Strong Schedule Awaits 2002-03 Vanderbilt Cagers 8/6/02
Tenn. - Nine 2002 NCAA Tournament teams, two NIT teams and
a demanding non-conference slate highlight the 2002-2003 Vanderbilt
men's basketball schedule, released today.
The Commodores will play 27 regular-season contests this
season, including 16 home games. Six of Vanderbilt's conference
games will be on television, including the January 14 home
game against Kentucky that will be broadcast nationally by
ESPN. Any television appearances for non-conference games
will be announced at a later time.
"Our non-conference schedule must be among the toughest in
the country," Head Coach Kevin Stallings said. "I've always
said we will try to match our schedule with our team. I don't
want to over-schedule and at the same time we want our schedule
to be attractive to our team as well as our fans. This schedule
reflects our belief we are in the process of getting better."
After opening up the 2002-2003 season with three games in
five days at the end of November, the Commodores will play
host to the Connecticut Huskies. Connecticut advanced to the
Elite Eight of the 2002 NCAA Tournament after facing Vanderbilt
in Hartford, Conn., early in the season. The Commodores wrap
up their six-game season-opening homestand against Tulane
Three of Vanderbilt's next four games are on the road and
could prove to be the toughest stretch of the non-conference
schedule. The Commodores begin with a trip to Indiana, which
is coming off its national runner-up finish from last season.
After a home contest against High Point, Vanderbilt travels
to Michigan before Christmas and then heads to Notre Dame
after the holiday break.
The always tough SEC schedule begins January 8 at Auburn
and Vanderbilt is scheduled to have at least six SEC games
televised. The home games that are scheduled to be televised
are January 11 against Alabama, Jan. 14 against Kentucky and
January 29 against Georgia, while the road games scheduled
to be televised are January 22 at Florida, March 1 at South
Carolina and March 5 at Kentucky. The Commodores have two
scheduled bye dates during the conference season with the
first day off coming Saturday, January 25, and the second
coming Wednesday, February 19.
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