The upset bid against Butler did not materialize this past Saturday. Therefore, the outlook is now…
Scouting Report: Butler
The nonconference portion of Vanderbilt's regular season schedule is just about to end. The Commodores can take heart in knowing that their losses to Oregon, Davidson, and Middle Tennessee came against genuinely solid teams that will compete for NCAA berths in the coming months. What will hurt VU is the pair of losses to Marist and Villanova. The win at Xavier compensated for them, but it has to be said that Xavier is struggling right now and might not offer the Dores the high-value poker chip they might have expected before the season began. Coach Kevin Stallings is left with a sobering realization heading into this final week of non-conference competition: If his team can't beat Butler – a team that has really good odds of being a top-four seed in March Madness this season – it won't have the heft on its resume the Selection Committee is looking for. A win over Butler would give VU the gleaming win that allows the committee to minimize a couple of bad losses. If the Dores don't take...
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