Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse has a much deeper bench for his second season than for his first. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 25 points as Vanderbilt held off Valparaiso 77-71 Friday night in the season opener for both teams. Pippen put Vanderbilt ahead to stay by scoring six straight starting with a pair of free throws with 4:24 left at 61-59.
The challenge for Stackhouse and the program, though, is to make progress in a league that’s vastly improved since the days when Stallings took them to five NCAA tournaments in six seasons. What sort of expectations for the rebuild can a fan base have? Last Season: 11-21 (3-15 in conference) No.