Vanderbilt fans run on to the court at Memorial Gym to celebrate the Commodores' 83-70 upset win over No. 1 Florida on Feb. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Levy)

Vanderbilt Commodores call it "Memorial Magic,'' that certain something that happens inside the cinder block walls of the Southeastern Conference's oldest basketball facility. 

Memorial Gym opened its doors in 1952, 20 years before LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center opened. Mississippi State opened Humphrey Coliseum in 1975.

Memorial Magic happens when a 3-pointer beats the buzzer or when the Commodores pull off a big upset. Sometimes it's when the 3s fall through again and again, bringing fans to their feet. 

On Thursday night, Memorial hosted the 1,000th game of record played by Vanderbilt when the Commodores beat Texas A&M 72-67. It was the Commodores' second SEC win at home this season as they improved to 13-13 overall and 6-7 in league play. 



But the gym with the rare elevated court and benches on the end lines has seen more than its share of history with the Commodores now 780-220 with a .780 winning percentage at Memorial. The gym's "magic'' can be seen in the Vanderbilt men's record against ranked opponents. Overall, the Commodores are 90-226 against Top 25 teams. 

Play at Memorial, it's a different story. There, the Commodores are 62-74 with top-ranked teams particularly susceptible. 


Shan Foster celebrates with fans after the Commodores defeated No. 1 Tennessee 72-69 on Feb. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Commodores knocked off then-No. 1 Tennessee 72-69 on Feb. 26, 2008, at Memorial.
They routed No. 1 Florida 83-70 on Feb. 17, 2007. 
The Kentucky Wildcats had just climbed back to the No. 1 ranking under then-coach Rick Pitino when Vanderbilt pulled off a 101-86 upset on Jan. 13, 1993. That was part of a perfect record at Memorial as the Commodores won the SEC regular season championship. 
Fans celebrate after Vanderbilt upset Kentucky 74-62 on Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)