Jan. 10, 2014
The Commodores will welcome the Kentucky Wildcats to Memorial Gym Saturday afternoon for the team's SEC home opener. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m., with the game airing live on CBS and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt dropped its SEC opener Tuesday night at Alabama, 68-63, despite senior forward Rod Odom’s first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman center Damian Jones tallied 16 points, and senior guard Kyle Fuller added 15 points for the Commodores. Vanderbilt outrebounded the Crimson Tide 32-25, but committed 16 turnovers which resulted in 17 Alabama points off of those turnovers.
The two teams will meet for the 185th time on Saturday, with the Wildcats holding a 138-46 series lead. Vanderbilt is 24-36 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. Besides the 1952-53 season, this year marks the first season there will not be a home-and-home matchup since 1947-48. Both teams had met on each other’s home court for every season since the 1953-54 campaign. In 1952-53, the SEC banned Kentucky from SEC play because of point shaving allegations.
Replicas of Memorial Gym will be given away to the first 1,500 fans wearing Black and Gold and to the first 500 students. NCAA Rally Towels will also be given away. At halftime, the Vanderbilt baseball team will be signing autographs in the practice gym, and the Russian Bar Trio, which was featured on America's Got Talent, will perform on the main floor at the half.
The game with Kentucky is sold out.
Game 14/Vanderbilt (8-5, 0-1) vs. Kentucky (11-3, 1-0)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 2:30 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Kevin Harlan (pxp), Greg Anthony (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 110, XM 201
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Kentucky leads the all-time series, 138-46.
Last Meeting: VU win, 64-48, on 3/15/13.
Record at Vanderbilt: UK leads, 41-24.
Record at UK: UK leads, 60-7.
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 5-3.
Coach Stallings vs. Kentucky: Coach Stallings is 11-20 against Kentucky.
- Kentucky enters the game with an 11-3 record overall and a 1-0 mark in SEC play after defeating Mississippi State, 85-63, Wednesday.
- Julius Randle leads four players in double figures with 17.4 points per game.
- Vanderbilt's last meeting with the Wildcats came in the quarterfinals of the 2013 SEC Tournament, a game the Commodores won 64-48 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Odom One of Nation's Most Improved Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.3% from three and 73.0% from the free-throw line. Odom is 2nd in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.463) and in 3’s made (2.8/game), and has scored in double figures in 10 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on seven occasions in 2013-14, and tallied his first career double-double at Alabama with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 671-658 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
Fuller Coming On
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller has had a solid five game stretch for the Commodores - he is averaging 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game in those games. Fuller is ranked third in the SEC in assists with 3.7 assists per game and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
Perimeter Defense a Plus
The Commodores lead the SEC in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 27.9% from beyond the arc.
Freshmen Shoring Up Post Play
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had a solid start to his freshman campaign, averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in eight games this season, and five of the last six. Meanwhile Luke Kornet, another freshman, backs up Jones and against Northeastern and Alabama, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in each one of those contests. Kornet averages 4.3 points and 2.8 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.