Men's Basketball
Vanderbilt opens SEC play at Alabama Tuesday

Jan. 6, 2014

The Last Meeting
February 2, 2013
Nashville, Tenn.
Alabama rallies past Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE - Trevor Lacey scored 17 points to help Alabama rally past Vanderbilt 58-54 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym.

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The Commodores will begin their 80th SEC season this Tuesday night when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the University of Alabama at Coleman Coliseum.  The game will tip off at 8 p.m., with the game airing live on ESPNU and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at as a part of the website's All-Access package.  

Vanderbilt closed out non-conference play with a 79-49 win over Northeastern on Saturday to improve to 8-4 on the season in their last time out.  Rod Odom led four players in double figures with a career-high 21 points while also adding seven rebounds.  Freshman post man Damian Jones added 16 points, sophomore guard Eric McClellan scored 14, and senior guard Kyle Fuller chipped in 11 points.  The Commodores’ 30-point win against the Huskies marks the largest of the 2013-14 campaign, and the team had several season-highs, including assists (21), blocks (10), steals (8), shooting percentage (62.5%), 3-point field goal percentage (66.7%), defensive field goal percentage (31.5%), and points allowed (49).

Tuesday's meeting will be the 132nd meeting between the two schools, with Alabama holding a 66-65 lead in the overall series and a 43-20 advantage in games played in Tuscaloosa.  The first meeting of the series came in the 1923-24 campaign.

Media Information
Game 13/Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Alabama (6-7)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Coleman Coliseum - 8 p.m. CT
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College,
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Joe Davis (pxp), Dino Gaudio (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Alabama leads all-time series, 66-65.
Last Meeting:  Alabama win, 58-54, on 2/2/13.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads 40-19.
Record at Alabama:  UA leads 43-20.
Record at Neutral Site:  VU leads, 5-4.
Coach Stallings vs. Alabama:  Coach Stallings is 10-7 against Alabama.

About Alabama

  • The Crimson Tide enter the game with a 6-7 record, but Alabama has played one of the nation’s top non-conference schedules.  Teams on their early-season schedule include Oklahoma, Duke, Drexel, Wichita State, Xavier, and UCLA.
  • Crimson Tide guard Trevor Releford leads the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game.  Retin Obasohan also averages double figures with 12.8 points per game.
  • Alabama leads the all-time series between the two schools, 66-65, and holds a 43-20 advantage in the series in games played in Tuscaloosa.  Vanderbilt has won the last two games between the two teams at Coleman Coliseum (W, 65-64, 1/13/10; W, 69-59, 1/19/12).

Odom One of Nation's Most Improved Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.8% from three and 71.0% from the free-throw line.  Odom is 2nd in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.438) and in 3’s made (2.7/game), and has scored in double figures  in nine games this season.  He has also made three or more threes in a game on six occasions in 2013-14. Odom’s career averages entering the season were 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Henderson Out For Remainder of Season
Redshirt Junior Josh Henderson, who was averaging 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season, tore his ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus against Marshall on December 5 and will miss the rest of the 2013-14 campaign.  Expected recovery is eight to nine months.

Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 671-657 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.

Fuller Coming On
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller has had a solid four game stretch for the Commodores - he is averaging 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.  Fuller is ranked third in the SEC in assists with 3.8 assists per game.

Perimeter Defense a Plus
The Commodores lead the SEC in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 27.2% from beyond the arc.

Freshmen Shoring Up Post Play
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had a solid start to his freshman campaign, averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.  He has scored in double figures in seven games this season, and four of the last five.  Meanwhile Luke Kornet, another freshman, backs up Jones and against Northeastern, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.  Kornet averages 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.



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