The Commodores will look for their first road win of the season this Saturday when they take on South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., at Colonial Life Arena. The game begins at 5:45 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on the SEC Network, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network, and online on vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt captured their first SEC win of the season on Tuesday night after holding off Alabama, 76-75, at Memorial Gym. Freshman Saben Lee led the team with 23 points, one shy of a career high. Senior Jeff Roberson also added 17 points, Matthew Fisher-Davis 11 points, and Riley LaChance 10 points in the win.
Vanderbilt (6-8, 1-1) vs. South Carolina (9-5, 0-2)
Columbia, S.C. - Colonial Life Arena - 5:45 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
TV Talent: Mike Morgan (pxp), Dane Bradshaw (analyst)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145, XM 190
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: VU leads 30-26.
Last Meeting: VU win, 71-62, on 2/18/17 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 17-10.
Record at SC: SC leads, 14-12.
Record at Neutral Site: SC leads, 2-1.
Coach Drew vs. SC: Coach Drew is 1-0 against South Carolina.
Most Ranked Opponents in Non-Conference Play since 1988
The Commodores have already played four ranked opponents this season in USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), Seton Hall (#20/#20), and Arizona State (#5/#6). The four ranked non-conference opponents is the most by a Commodore team since 1988, when Vanderbilt also played four (11/22 - # 2 Michigan, L, 66-91; 11/27 - #16 Ohio State, L, 82-97; 11/30 - #13 Louisville, W, 65-62; 12/7 - #8 North Carolina, L, 77-89).
More on South Carolina
- South Carolina enters Saturday’s game with a 9-5 overall mark and an 0-2 record in SEC play after losing their latest game to Missouri, 79-68, on Wednesday evening in Columbia.
- Chris Silva leads the Gamecocks in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game. Frank Booker also averages double figures with 11.4 points per contest.
- Vanderbilt owns a 30-26 advantage in the overall series between the two teams, which began with a meeting in the 1926-27 season. The Gamecocks hold a 14-12 series lead in games played in Columbia.
- Dating back to the 2004-05 campaign, Vanderbilt holds a 15-7 record against the Gamecocks.
- One of Vanderbilt’s 2018 signees, Aaron Nesmith, hails from Charleston, S.C.
A Commodore Win Would…
- Move Vanderbilt’s record in the SEC to 2-1.
- Would give the Commodores their first road win of the season. Vanderbilt had five road wins in league play last year, the most by a Vanderbilt team since winning six league road games in 2010.
- Move Vanderbilt’s record against South Carolina to 31-26 in the overall series.
Jeff Roberson: Mr Double-Double
Jeff Roberson has six double doubles on the season, the most in a season by a Commodore since Damian Jones had seven in the 2015-16 season. Seven is also the most by a Commodore since Will Perdue had 10 in his junior season (1986-87) and 16 in his senior season (1987-88).
Roberson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Roberson is tied for the SEC lead in double doubles with six with Georgia’s Yante Maten, and is fourth in the SEC in rebounding, third in free throw percentage, and second in defensive rebounding.
Vanderbilt Quick Hitters
- This is the 85th season for SEC Basketball for the Commodores.
- Roberson eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier in his career with his 21-point game against Alcorn State. He joins two other 1,000-point scorers on this year’s roster - Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis. There has been only one other class of Vanderbilt players to have three 1,000-point scorers - the vaunted “F Troop” - Butch Feher, Joe Ford, and Jeff Fosnes in 1976.
- Fisher-Davis has 1,188 points and LaChance has 1,187 career points, and are 34th and 35th on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list, respectively, and are tied for second among current players in SEC in scoring. Georgia’s Yante Maten is the conference’s current career leader.
- Jeff Roberson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Roberson is tied for the SEC lead in double doubles with six with Georgia’s Yante Maten, and is fourth in the SEC in rebounding, third in free throw percentage, and second in defensive rebounding. Matthew Fisher Davis adds 12.3 points per game, Riley LaChance pitches in 11.5 points, and Saben Lee averages 10.1 points per game.
- LaChance, who has 358 career assists, is now 10th on Vanderbilt’s all-time assist list after surpassing Al McKinney against Florida. McKinney played from 1981-84 and finished his career with 351 career assists. Russell Lakey is ninth on the list with 369 assists.
- Roberson began the season with three straight double-doubles, the first time a Commodore has had three straight double-doubles since Dan Langhi in 1998.
- Vanderbilt is 51-122 from three in their last four games, a 41.8% clip, and dished out 69 assists (17.3 per game).
- Double digit scoring streaks: Four Commodores, Matthew Fisher-Davis (4 games), Riley LaChance (4 games), Jeff Roberson (4 games), and Saben Lee (3 games) each have scored in double figures in consecutive games.
- The Commodores have used seven different starting lineups this season.
- The Commodores have already played four ranked opponents this season in USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), Seton Hall (#20/#20), and Arizona State (#5/#6). The four ranked non-conference opponents is the most by a Commodore team since 1988, when Vanderbilt also played four (11/22 - # 2 Michigan, L, 66-91; 11/27 - #16 Ohio State, L, 82-97; 11/30 - #13 Louisville, W, 65-62; 12/7 - #8 North Carolina, L, 77-89).
- This season’s non-conference schedule features eight games against teams who played in the postseason a year ago. Five opponents, USC, Seton Hall, Virginia, Kansas State, and Middle Tennessee, all played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, with NIT participant Belmont, 2017 NIT Champion TCU, and CollegeInsider.com Tournament team UNC Asheville also on the challenging slate. KenPom.com has Vanderbilt’s strength of schedule at 25 as of January 4.
- Commodore head coach Bryce Drew, now in his second season, led the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament in his first season in Nashville, marking the first time in the history of the program a first-year Vanderbilt coach led his team to the tournament. Overall, the Commodores made their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their first back-to-back appearances since making three consecutive tournaments from 2010-12.
- In the early signing period, the Commodores signed a consensus top 10 recruiting class for next season - the Commodores received commitments from two five-star players, point guard Darius Garland (Brentwood, Tenn.) and forward Simi Shittu (Burlington, Ontario, Canada.), and four-star wing player Aaron Nesmith (Charleston, S.C.), one of the nation’s top shooters.
- and four-star wing player Aaron Nesmith (Charleston, S.C.), one of the nation’s top shooters.
SEC Strength of Schedule
Here’s a look at KenPom’s strength of schedule among league teams (1/4).
1. Tennessee , 5
2. Alabama, 19
3. Vanderbilt, 25
4. Texas A&M, 35
5. Arkansas, 39
6. Florida, 46
7. Kentucky, 59
8. S. Carolina, 99
9. Missouri, 103
10. Georgia, 115
11. Auburn, 167
12. Ole Miss, 175
13. LSU, 235
14. Miss. St., 343
700th SEC Win
Vanderbilt is in its 85th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. All time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 710-694.
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 1,013 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank third only to UNLV and Kentucky for the longest streak in Division I basketball. Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton are the only three schools in college basketball to have made at least one 3-pointer in every game played since the 3-point line was implemented.