Vanderbilt will welcome the No. 21/20 Kentucky to Memorial Gym this Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym for an old SEC East matchup. The game begins at 3 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on ESPN, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network, and online on vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt fell to 1-3 in SEC play and 6-10 overall Tuesday night at Memorial Gym after dropping a 92-84 decision to Tennessee. Freshman Saben Lee led the Commodores for the third consecutive game in scoring with 21 points (7-10 from the floor). Seniors Jeff Roberson (19 points), Riley LaChance (16), and Matthew Fisher-Davis (10) also added double figures.
Vanderbilt hosted Tennessee Tuesday and then will host Kentucky Saturday at Memorial Gym, the Commodores’ two-most played rivals. The Commodores have played a total of 384 games combined against the two schools.
10,000 T-Shirt Giveaway - Black Out for Kentucky
10,000 free black T-shirts will be given out at Memorial Gym Saturday. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.
Vanderbilt (6-10, 1-3) vs. #21/20 Kentucky (13-3, 3-1)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 3 p.m. CT
TV Talent: Bob Wischusen (pxp), Dick Vitale (talent), and Allison Williams (sidelines)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 138, XM 191
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: UK leads, 142-47.
Last Meeting: UK win, 73-67, on 2/28/17 in Lexington.
Record at Vanderbilt: UK leads 53-27.
Record at Kentucky: UK leads 84-15.
Record at Neutral Site: Tied at 5.
Coach Drew vs. Kentucky: Coach Drew is 0-2 against Kentucky.
Roberson Leads Commodores
Jeff Roberson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder in all games, averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Roberson is second in the SEC in double doubles, fourth in the SEC in all games in rebounding, sixth in free throw percentage, and first in defensive rebounding. In league games only, he is tied for seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.474) and tied for ninth in three’s made (2.3).
Lee Leads All SEC Freshmen in League Play
Freshman Saben Lee has led the Commodores in scoring for the last three games and is averaging 20.3 points per game in that span. In four league games, the freshman from Phoenix is the conference’s leading freshman scorer with 18.5 points per game and 6th overall in league games only. He also ranks seventh in SEC-only field goal percentage (.545).
Commodores Have Played Most Ranked Opponents in SEC
The Commodores have already played five ranked opponents this season in USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), Seton Hall (#20/#20), Arizona State (#5/#6), and Tennessee (24/23), the most in the SEC. The four ranked non-conference opponents is the most by a Commodore team since 1988, when Vanderbilt also played four (11/22 - # 2 Michigan, L, 66-91; 11/27 - #16 Ohio State, L, 82-97; 11/30 - #13 Louisville, W, 65-62; 12/7 - #8 North Carolina, L, 77-89).
More on Kentucky
- Kentucky enters the game with a 13-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in SEC play.
- Kevin Knox leads five Wildcat players that average in double figures with 14.1 points per game. Hamidou Diallo (14.0), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11.8), P.J. Washington (11.1), and Quade Green (10.7) also average double figures.
- This will be the 190th meeting between the two schools, with Kentucky holding a 142-47 advantage in the series. The Wildcats are 53-27 all-time against the Commodores in games played on Vanderbilt’s campus.
- Saturday will be the 100th meeting against a ranked Kentucky team - Vanderbilt is 16-83 all-time when the Wildcats are ranked overall and 12-32 against a ranked Kentucky team at Memorial Gym.
- Vanderbilt’s last win over a ranked Kentucky team came in a February 16, 2016 74-62 win at Memorial Gym.
A Commodore Win Would…
- Give Vanderbilt their first win over Kentucky since February 16, 2016.
- Move the Commodores’ record to 2-3 in SEC play and 7-4 in games played at home.
- Be the 28th win against a Kentucky team on Vanderbilt’s campus.
Jeff Roberson: Mr Double-Double
Jeff Roberson has six double doubles on the season, the most in a season by a Commodore since Damian Jones had seven in the 2015-16 season. Seven is also the most by a Commodore since Will Perdue had 10 in his junior season (1986-87) and 16 in his senior season (1987-88).
Vanderbilt Quick Hitters
- Roberson eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier in his career with his 21-point game against Alcorn State. He joins two other 1,000-point scorers on this year’s roster - Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis. There has been only one other class of Vanderbilt players to have three 1,000-point scorers - the vaunted “F Troop” - Butch Feher, Joe Ford, and Jeff Fosnes in 1976.
- Matthew Fisher Davis adds 12.1 points per game, Riley LaChance pitches in 11.3 points, and Saben Lee averages 11.2 points per game.
- Fisher-Davis has 1,210 points and LaChance has 1,206 career points, and are 29th and 31st on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list, respectively, and are second and third among current players in SEC in scoring. Georgia’s Yante Maten is the conference’s current career leader.
- Fisher-Davis is ninth in the SEC in 3’s made with 2.3 in all games and seventh in SEC games only (2.5).
- LaChance, who has 364 career assists, is now 10th on Vanderbilt’s all-time assist list after surpassing Al McKinney against Florida. McKinney played from 1981-84 and finished his career with 351 career assists. Russell Lakey is ninth on the list with 369 assists.
- Vanderbilt’s record against ranked opponents is 94-233 all-time and 64-77 against ranked opponents at home.
- The Commodores have used eight different starting lineups this season, with their eighth coming against Tennessee (Lee, LaChance, Evans, Roberson, Baptiste).
- This season’s non-conference schedule features eight games against teams who played in the postseason a year ago. Five opponents, USC, Seton Hall, Virginia, Kansas State, and Middle Tennessee, all played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, with NIT participant Belmont, 2017 NIT Champion TCU, and CollegeInsider.com Tournament team UNC Asheville also on the challenging slate. KenPom.com has Vanderbilt’s strength of schedule at 10 as of January 7.
- Commodore head coach Bryce Drew, now in his second season, led the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament in his first season in Nashville, marking the first time in the history of the program a first-year Vanderbilt coach led his team to the tournament. Overall, the Commodores made their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their first back-to-back appearances since making three consecutive tournaments from 2010-12.
SEC Strength of Schedule
Here’s a look at KenPom’s strength of schedule among league teams (1/11).
1. Tennessee , 4
2. Vanderbilt, 10
3. Texas A&M, 12
4. Alabama, 14
5. Kentucky, 18
6. Arkansas, 21
7. Florida, 26
8. Georgia, 56
9. Missouri, 71
10. S. Carolina, 75
11. LSU, 97
12. Ole Miss, 119
13. Auburn, 142
14. Miss. St., 318
700th SEC Win
Vanderbilt is in its 85th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. All time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 710-696.
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 1,015 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank third only to UNLV and Kentucky 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.