Entering Thursday night, Vanderbilt had 13 chances to beat a ranked team since knocking off Kentucky, the Anthony Davis-led team on their way to bringing a title back to Lexington, in the 2012 SEC title game. Each time the Commodores lost. That changed with a 77-60 upset of No. 8 Texas A&M.
Vanderbilt hasn’t gotten enough wins on a tough schedule to be one of the four SEC teams Jerry Palm currently has projected in his projected field of 68, but Kevin Stallings got a huge win, the biggest of the season, with the Aggies in town.
Wade Baldwin (17 points) was the star for Vanderbilt, Luke Kornet (14 points, 9 rebounds) looked great and Jeff Roberson pitched in a career-high 20 points while playing great defense on Aggies star Danuel House.
Given the expectations for Vandy this season and the 4-4 start that followed, this was easily the best performance of the season.
Vanderbilt has 7-pt lead on #8 Texas A&M at the half. https://t.co/0MiAwBUPuw
— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) February 5, 2016
The Aggies have now dropped two of three since having a 10-game winning streak snapped by Arkansas. Jalen Jones hit just 1 of his 13 shots and Danuel House was just 2-of-8 from the field as the Aggies were cold all night against an energized Commodores team.
Florida’s got some juice right now, but right now it’s impossible to feel confidence about any team as the title favorite. Vanderbilt, now at 5-4 in conference play, is just a few wins from getting in that mix as well.