MBB heads to Alabama

Jan. 12, 2010

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The Commodores travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for their first road SEC contest of the season at Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the game can be seen live on CSS, ESPN360.com, and ESPN Full Court, and the radio call can be heard on the Vanderbilt-ISP Radio Network and vucommodores.com, with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson courtside with all of the action.

Vanderbilt moved to 1-0 in SEC play and won its sixth consecutive game with a 95-87 win over Florida on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym. The Commodores had four players in double-figures against the Gators, with junior center A.J. Ogilvy leading the way with 24 points. Senior guard Jermaine Beal scored 22 points, sophomore forward Jeffery Taylor was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in route to 14 points, and freshman John Jenkins came off of the bench to score 13 points for the Commodores in the win. Perhaps the best stat line of the day game from sophomore forward Andre Walker, who flirted with a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists against the Gators. He also added three steals in 34 minutes of action Saturday.

The Commodores shot 52.5% from the field against the Gators and converted on 78.8% of its free throw attempts (26-33) in the game. Ogilvy was 10-for-12 from the free throw line, Beal was 8-for-8, and Taylor was 4-for-4. VU also outscored the Gators 40-22 in the paint, 20-8 in points off of turnovers, 18-10 in second chance points, and 27-12 in bench points. Vanderbilt also committed a season-low seven turnovers against Florida's full-court pressure, and forced 14 Gator turnovers.

Taylor leads four players averaging double figures with 14.1 points per game. Beal and Ogilvy each add 13.3 points per contest, and freshman John Jenkins chips in 11.0 points per game. Ogilvy leads the team on the glass with 5.7 rebounds per game; Taylor is next at 5.5 per contest.

Wednesday's game at Alabama marks the beginning of a stretch that has the Commodores on the road for four out of their first five SEC contests. VU travels to South Carolina on January 16, returns home to face Auburn on January 23, then travels to Tennessee (January 27) and Kentucky (January 30) the following week.

Vanderbilt and Alabama will meet for the 218th time Wednesday night, with the Crimson Tide holding a 65-62 advantage in the series. The two teams split two meetings in 2008-09, but Alabama won the last meeting, knocking Vanderbilt out of the SEC Tournament with an 82-75 win in Tampa, Fla., on March 12.

Alabama enters the game with an 11-4 overall record and a 1-0 mark in SEC play after knocking off LSU in Baton Rouge on January 9, 66-49. Alabama has won four straight games dating back to December 23.

Sophomore forward JaMychal Green leads the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounding, with 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, respectively. Senior guard Mikhail Torrance also averages double figures with 15.5 points per contest.



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