The 20th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores will travel a long way from Nashville to play a team from Kentucky.
The Commodores are a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, matching their highest seeding under Coach Kevin Stallings. They will be playing 13th-seeded Murray State, the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament champs, on Thursday in San Jose in the West Regional.
"It's kind of ironic that we have to go 2,500, 3,000 miles to play them," Stallings said Sunday night.
Murray State Coach Billy Kennedy brought his Racers to Memorial Gym just over a week ago to practice during the OVC Tournament. The Racers' home campus is about two hours away in Murray.
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"I was thinking about just calling him and see if he just wanted to play the game here and not have to travel all the way to San Jose. Jermaine (Beal) wouldn't like that because he said he wanted us to play as far away from here as we could. I think you got your wish," Stallings said.
Kennedy said Vanderbilt had a deep, well-coached team.
"They have been in the top 20 all season and it will be a tough task. You have to beat good teams in the tournament," Kennedy said.