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Sweet Victory, Sweeter Surprise

Give 'em Hell A.J.! (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Just when a shortsighted writer felt that Vanderbilt's basketball team wouldn't be able to win a big SEC road game, look what happened Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. In 40 minutes of Baton Rouge brilliance, Kevin Stallings and the rest of his coaching staff witnessed a team that has every chance of winning the SEC Tournament.

A thrilling 75-67 win at LSU, in the lair of the outright SEC champions, was the very result that certain people (cough, yours truly, cough) viewed as a dim and distant possibility, something not to be hoped for with too much intensity. Now that the deed has been done, however, it must be said that VU becomes a different kind of force in the world of SEC hoops. Not only could Vandy "pull a Georgia...

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