Game Notes: Vanderbilt jumped out to a 17-6 lead and never trailed in the game. VU led 47-34 at halftime, shooting a blazing 76 percent in the opening period. The 47 points are Vanderbilt's most in the first half against an SEC opponent this season. Auburn got as close as five in the second half, 61-56, before Vanderbilt went on a 10-0 run to lead 71-56. The Commodores led comfortably the rest of the way. Vanderbilt's 93 points is the most the Commodores have ever scored in an SEC Tournament game. Their previous best came in an 88-52 win over Tennessee in the 1951 tourney. Vanderbilt advances to the tournament quarterfinals on Friday, March 14, at 3:15 p.m. vs. Arkansas. Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt, 78-73, on March 1 in Fayetteville. The first session attendance was 12,659.
Vanderbilt Notes: Vanderbilt is 26-6 overall and has won nine of the last 11 games. Vanderbilt is 29-45 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 2-6 vs. Auburn. Vanderbilt is 7-11 in the tourney when played in Atlanta, including 5-8 in the Georgia Dome. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series against Auburn, 78-51. VU shot a 67.3 percent from the field, highest by an SEC team this season. It was close to the SEC Tournament record of 68.3 percent by Kentucky vs. Alabama in 1979. Vanderbilt used its size advantage to dominate points in the paint, 40-26. Vanderbilt got 27 assists on its 33 baskets. The 27 assists ties VU's season high. Jermaine Beal led the way with seven assists and Andre Walker added a career-high six assists. Shan Foster notched 26 points, his sixth-consecutive 20-point game. Freshman Andrew Ogilvy tallied a career-high 27 points. His previous high was 26 points against Lipscomb. Ogilvy made 12 of 13 field goals, a career best for field goals made.
Auburn Notes: Auburn is 14-16 overall and has lost five in a row. Auburn is 26-45 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 22-28 since the renewal in 1979. Auburn is 6-2 vs. Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament games. In the four seasons that Jeff Lebo has been head coach of Auburn, the Tigers have met Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament three times. The teams split the two previous meetings. The Tiger coaches wore orange ribbons on their lapels in honor of Auburn freshman Lauren Burk, who died on March 4 in Auburn. Auburn is 38-68 all-time in games played in Atlanta, including 6-10 in SEC Tournament play. Auburn's 12 three-point field goals tied the Tigers' season high, achieved on two previous occasions. Four Tigers scored in double figures. Rasheem Barrett led the way with 20 points, his fifth 20-point effort of the season.