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Roger Powell Jr. seamless fit on Gonzaga’s coaching staff

First-year Gonzaga assistant Roger Powell Jr. is proficient at key tasks, but he’s also capable of adding a personal touch. He can compile scouting reports and then suit up and play with the scout team, demonstrating what the Zags might see from an opposing player.

Penny Hardaway, Jerry Stackhouse bring NBA edge to Tennessee

Penny Hardaway and Jerry Stackhouse are both trying to revive college basketball programs in Tennessee about 200 miles apart. Hardaway played 14 seasons in the NBA before returning to alma mater at Memphis; Stackhouse lasted 18 years in the league and after the former North Carolina star’s tenure coaching in the G League he has taken over at Vanderbilt.

Coach Derek Mason eager to see what QB battle does for Vanderbilt

Derek Mason and the Vanderbilt Commodores have an actual quarterback battle on their hands as they report for fall practice. And Mason couldn’t be happier. The Vanderbilt coach says the battle will make everyone aware of what they need to do knowing there’s a fight for starter at quarterback. Vanderbilt is trying to replace Kyle Shurmur. Riley Neal transferred from Ball State after graduating, took part in spring practice and is competing with Deuce Wallace for the starting job.

Guard Cierra Walker will transfer from Vanderbilt to Gonzaga

Gonzaga’s outside shooting game is going to get more help, though perhaps not until the fall of 2020. Former Vanderbilt guard Cierra Walker, one of the top perimeter shooters in the Southeastern Conference this year, announced via social media on Monday afternoon that she’s transferring to GU.

Vanderbilt hires Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse

Vanderbilt has hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse as its basketball coach. Vanderbilt fired coach Bryce Drew on March 22 after he went 40-59 in three seasons. Vanderbilt was 9-23 this season and became the first Southeastern Conference team in 65 years to go winless in league competition.

Trap game? No. 14 Florida trying to avoid letdown vs Vanderbilt

Florida coach Dan Mullen opened his first team meeting this week talking about handling success. He’ll find out Saturday if anyone was paying attention. Coming off the football program’s most significant victory in three years and with a rivalry game against No. 2 Georgia looming in two weeks, the 14th-ranked Gators are facing the sometimes-daunting task of avoiding a letdown at Vanderbilt.

Top 25 Capsules: Top-ranked Tide rout Vanderbilt

Damien Harris ran for a career-high 151 yards and three touchdowns, Bo Scarbrough added two TDs and top-ranked Alabama routed Vanderbilt 59-0 Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Luke Heimlich in uniform, Oregon State wins super regional opener

Oregon State beat Vanderbilt 8-4 in the opening game of their NCAA super regional a day after reports surfaced that the Beavers’ top pitcher pleaded guilty to a molestation charge as a teenager. On Thursday, The Oregonian/OregonLive detailed the molestation case against Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich when he was 15. Shortly before Friday’s game, Heimlich’s attorney said the junior had asked to be excused from playing.

Kyle Wright emerges as Vandy’s latest elite pitching prospect

Kyle Wright chose Vanderbilt in part because he knew the program’s history of producing blue-chip pitching prospects. Now he’s a member of that fraternity as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Multiple mock drafts have the Minnesota Twins taking Wright with the first overall pick. Wright first will try to help Vanderbilt knock off Oregon State in an NCAA super regional.

Fans power Northwestern to first NCAA Tournament win

For many years Gonzaga has been an enigma – a small-conference school with the NCAA tournament success of a major conference power and the fan base to match. On Saturday, however, the Bulldogs will finally meet their match in the world of college basketball paradoxes – a Cinderella school from the Big Ten.

Northwestern edges Vanderbilt, will face Gonzaga in second round

SALT LAKE CITY – Northwestern got its first NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left. Riley LaChance made a layup with 18 seconds remaining in Thursday’s game to put the ninth-seeded Commodores up by one after trailing by as many as 15.

Vanderbilt upsets No. 17 Florida 72-62 OT win in SEC tourney

Vanderbilt had every reason to give up in January, losing five of its first seven Southeastern Conference games. Instead, the Commodores stuck together and listened closely to first-year coach Bryce Drew. And it paid off.