When he took the Vanderbilt men’s basketball coaching job back in April, one non-conference game on the upcoming Commodores schedule stuck out to Bryce Drew.
Baylor, which is coached by his brother Scott Drew, was set to make a return trip to Nashville to play Vanderbilt this fall.
It’s a game that the Drews ultimately decided to remove from their schedules, and on Monday, Bryce gave an explanation for the decision.
“We did a lot of research, my brother and I. We talked to some other families who have been in that situation,” Drew said on Monday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “We all know how competitive college athletics is, especially at this level. So we’re saving this game, hopefully for the Final Four one day. It would just be really hard on our families, for the most part. The schools were sensational, and I think it ended up being a win-win. It was good for them, but I think Vanderbilt will come out ahead in things also.”
It was one of the lone tweaks to the 2016-17 schedule that Drew was able to make, as the non-conference slate for next season was largely in tact prior to his arrival.
Vanderbilt traveled to Waco last season, losing a close 69-67 contest to Scott Drew’s Bears under the direct of former coach Kevin Stallings.
Drew will look to return the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 despite losing two players to the NBA Draft. Damian Jones (Golden State) and Wade Baldwin (Memphis) each were first-round selections after making the decision to leave school early.