For the past several seasons, Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings has talked to his players about the dangers of looking ahead to the NCAA tournament.
That topic hasn't come up this winter. After averaging 22 wins the past nine seasons, Stallings has a youthful squad that is 9-13 overall and 3-7 in Southeastern Conference play with eight games remaining in the regular season.
"There are different motivations and different approaches, and it's been quite different for us," Stallings said Monday. "Our other teams might have been thinking about whether they were trying to stay in the conference race or trying to stay as far ahead as you could in the RPI or anything like that. It's much different this year, and you have to approach it much differently.
"At the same time, our goal is still to be the best team we can be at the end of the season, and that only happens if you put in good work every day."
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