March 13, 2012

Amaker, Commodores and Crimson

In the SEC, where athletics has long ruled academics, Vanderbilt has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. So whether the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee meant to or not, the decision to match 5 seed Vanderbilt with 12 seed Harvard, raised eyebrows for all the right reasons.

The irony of a VU-HU first round match-up isn't lost on anyone. Vanderbilt, said to be the Harvard of the South, gets to play, well, Harvard.

It's been a big week for the Crimson players, but big is measured a little differently at Harvard.

"There's been some talk of a lot of professors stopping class to recognize the team," said Harvard star Keith Wright.

Anything else?

"I was in the bathroom and Kyle was walking in and stopped in the middle of doing what he was there to do to say congrats, so, yeah, everyone is talking about it."

Clearly.

Contrast that with the rock star atmosphere of the SEC Tournament, and the hero's welcome Vanderbilt was given upon their return to campus last night. An estimated 3,000 fans were there to welcome them home when they arrived from the airport.

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