Jan. 15, 2014
Vanderbilt Gamenotes | Missouri Gamenotes
The Commodores will look to bounce back from a close loss to Kentucky Saturday afternoon when they welcome Missouri to Memorial Gym on Thursday night. The game will tip off at 6 p.m., with the game airing live on ESPN2 and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
In their last time out, Vanderbilt dropped to 8-6 on the season, 0-2 in league play after a 71-62 loss to Kentucky on Saturday at Memorial Gym. Commodore freshman Damian Jones led three Vanderbilt players in double figures with 18 points, and also added 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Senior guard Kyle Fuller also added a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists, and junior guard Dai-Jon Parker added a season-best 17 points. Vanderbilt shot 50% from the floor for the game, but Kentucky outrebounded the Commodores, 41-28, including 18-5 on the offensive glass, which resulted in a 15-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The meeting on Thursday will be the seventh all-time between the two schools, and the first at Memorial Gym as conference members. The Commodores have met the Tigers on two other occasions at Memorial Gym, and have won both contests.
Tickets are available for Thursday's game for as low as $25 by calling 615-322-GOLD, visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office, or by logging on to vucommodores.com.
Game 15/Vanderbilt (8-6, 0-2) vs. Missouri (13-2, 1-1)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 6 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Rece Davis (pxp), Bob Knight (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: The series is tied at 3.
Last Meeting: Mizzou win, 81-59, 1/26/13.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 2-0.
Record at Mizzou: Mizzou leads, 3-0.
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 1-0.
Coach Stallings vs. Mizzou: Coach Stallings is 1-2 against Missouri.
- Missouri enters the game with a 13-2 overall mark and a 1-1 record in SEC play.
- Guard Jordan Clarkson leads the team in scoring with 18.9 points per game. Jabari Brown adds 18.2 points per contest, while Earnest Ross chips in 14.2 ppg.
- This will be Missouri’s first meeting at Memorial Gym as a member of the SEC and third overall. The Commodores have won the previous two meetings (77-65, 1961-62; 89-83, 2009-10) at Memorial.
- This will be the seventh overall meeting, with the series tied at three.
- Missouri players Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross have played at Memorial Gym before. Brown played with Oregon in a game at Memorial in November, 2011, while Brown played for the Auburn Tigers as a freshman in the 2009-10 campaign.
Odom One of Nation's Most Improved Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.2% from three and 73.0% from the free-throw line. Odom is 2nd in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.442) and in 3’s made (2.7/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 671-659 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
Fuller Coming On
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller has had a solid six game stretch for the Commodores - he is averaging 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game in those games. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists with 4.1 assists per game and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). He also added his first career double-double with a 17-point, 10-assist game vs. Kentucky, and it was the program's first 10-assist game since Brad Tinsley registered a triple-double against Presbyterian on November 12, 2010.
Perimeter Defense a Plus
The Commodores lead the SEC in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 27.8% from beyond the arc.
Damian Jones Not Playing Like A Freshman
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had a solid start to his freshman campaign, averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in eight games this season, and six of the last seven games. He also added his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kentucky.
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.
Five Commodores Ranked In SEC
Five of Vanderbilt’s seven scholarship players are ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in one category or another, with Kyle Fuller leading the way being ranked in five different categories. Fuller is ranked in the top 10 in assists, free throw percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio, field goal percentage (SEC games only), and minutes (SEC only). Rod Odom is ranked in the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage, three's made, and minutes, Dai-Jon Parker in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, and minutes, Luke Kornet in defensive rebounds (SEC only), and Damian Jones in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, and defensive rebounds (all SEC games only).