SEC road opener at Arkansas

Jan. 11, 2013

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The Commodores hit the road to one of the SEC's toughest road environments this Saturday when they play at Bud Walton Arena and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tip off is set for 5 p.m., and the game can be seen live on FSN and heard around the middle Tennessee area on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at

Game 14/VANDERBILT (6-7, 0-1) vs. ARKANSAS (9-5, 0-1)
Saturday, January 12 - 5 p.m. CST
Fayetteville, Ark. - Bud Walton Arena (18,200)
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College,
Radio Talent:  Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio:  Sirius 93, XM 199
TV Talent:   Dave Baker (pxp), Daymeon Fishback (analyst)
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Arkansas leads the all-time series, 17-9.
Last Meeting:  Arkansas defeated VU, 82-74, on 1/31/12 in Fayetteville.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads 7-5.
Record at Ark.:  Arkansas leads 9-2.
Record at Neutral Site:  Arkansas leads 3-0.
Coach Stallings vs. Arkansas:  Coach Stallings is 4-11 against Arkansas.

About Arkansas and the Series

  • Arkansas is 9-5 entering their SEC home opener Saturday, and are 0-1 in the league after a 69-51 loss at Texas A&M Wednesday.  B.J. Young leads all Arkansas players in scoring with a 17.3 ppg average.
  • Arkansas leads the all-time series, 17-9, and 9-2 in games played at Arkansas.  Head coach Kevin Stallings is 1-6 all-time at Bud Walton Arena.
  • Arkansas is one of five teams VU will place twice in league play this year - UK, S.C., Auburn, and Tennessee are the others.
  • The Razorbacks won the only meeting between the two schools last year, 82-74, and have won the last two games of the series.

Commodores Drop Opener to Kentucky In Opener of Tough Three Game Stretch

Vanderbilt began the SEC season with a 60-58 loss to Kentucky Thursday night at Memorial Gym.  The Commodores trailed by as many as 16 in the game, but rallied with an 18-0 run in the second half to get back in the game.  Kedren Johnson's last second three-point attempt at the buzzer was just to the right as the Wildcats came away with the win.

The Commodores will play their first three games of SEC play in six days, with the game against Kentucky Thursday, at Arkansas on Saturday, and then a home date with Ole Miss on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 845 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.

Shelby Moats Has Career Night vs. Kentucky

Sophomore Shelby Moats scored a career high nine points and had a career-high 10 rebounds in Vanderbilt’s 60-58 loss.  He played 27 minutes against the Wildcats.

Kedren Johnson Ranks In Several SEC Categories

Sophomore point guard Kedren Johnson is in the top 10 in the SEC in several categories, including: 

Scoring - 6th (16.7
FG% - 8th (.465)
3FG% - 4th (.372)
3FG Made - T-5th (2.2)  
Min. Played - 2nd (33.8)

He also ranks tied for third in assists (6.0) and second in steals (4.0) in SEC play only.

Offensive Rebounds Aplenty Vs. Kentucky

The Commodores shot only 32.9% from the floor for the game, its second-worst shooting performance of the season.  However, Vanderbilt outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-37 and 20-9 on the offensive glass.  The 20 offensive rebounds was a season-high.  The previous best was 16 against Marist (11/23).  It was the most offensive rebounds by a Vanderbilt team since February 16, 2011, when the Commodores had 23 at Georgia in a 64-56 win.

It was also the first loss of the season this year for Vanderbilt when outrebounding their opponent (4-1).



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