Jan. 9, 2013
A rematch of the 2012 SEC Tournament Championship awaits the Commodores on Thursday night at Memorial Gym when they open SEC play against the Kentucky Wildcats. Tip off is set for 8 p.m., and the game can be seen live on ESPN and heard around the middle Tennessee area on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
Game 13/VANDERBILT (6-6) vs. KENTUCKY (9-4)
Thursday, January 10 - 8 p.m. CST
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym (14,316)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 128, XM 199
TV Talent: Rece Davis (pxp), Bob Knight (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Kentucky leads the all-time series, 136-45.
Last Meeting: VU defeated Kentucky, 71-64, in the finals of the 2012 SEC Tournament.
Record at Vanderbilt: UK leads 53-27.
Record at UK: UK leads 76-14.
Record at Neutral Site: UK leads 7-4.
Coach Stallings vs. UK: Coach Stallings is 10-18 vs. Kentucky.
About Kentucky and the Series
- Kentucky enters Thursday's contest with a 9-4 overall record. Wildcat guard Archie Goodwin leads five UK players in double figures with 15.8 points per contest. Center Nerlens Noel leads the team on the glass with 9.3 rebounds per game.
- Vanderbilt is 6-3 against the Wildcats in the last nine meetings at Memorial Gym.
- The two teams will meet for the 182nd time on Thursday, with the Wildcats holding a 136-45 series lead. Vanderbilt is 24-35 against UK at Memorial Gym, and have played the Wildcats every season at Memorial Gym since 1953-54. VU did not play UK in the first year the facility opened in 1952-53 campaign.
- The last meeting between the two schools came in the SEC Tournament Championship in New Orleans in a game Vanderbilt won, 71-64.
Stallings Becomes Memorial Gym All-Time Wins Leader
Coach Stallings is now the all-time wins leader at Memorial Gym with 182 wins after last week's win over William and Mary. Stallings surpassed Vanderbilt legend Roy Skinner for the all-time lead in wins at the legendary facility.
Commodores Rank Low In Experience
Vanderbilt's ranking among the 347 Division I basketball playing schools in terms of experience on the roster by kenpom.com. Kentucky is even less experienced with a ranking of 339.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 844 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV 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.
Talent Gone From Both Teams
Seven is the magic number from last year - it is the number of top 31 2012 NBA Draft picks from Kentucky and Vanderbilt that were on the floor in the three meetings in 2011-12.
Scoring - 6th (16.6)
FG% - 8th (.471)
3FG% - 4th (.391)
3FG Made - 7th (2.3)
Min. Played - 3rd (33.5)
79th SEC Season
Vanderbilt will begin their 79th SEC season on Thursday. The Commodores are 660-645 all-time against current members of the SEC.
Sheldon Jeter Career High Vs. William and Mary
Freshman Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 14 points in a career-best 21 minutes in Vanderbilt's 64-50 win over William and Mary on January 2nd.