Jan. 17, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 6, 2013
Baton Rouge, La.
VU's late rally falls short at LSU
BATON, ROUGE, La. - LSU was able to build a 13-point lead at halftime and Vanderbilt's men's basketball team was unable to overcome the deficit the rest of the way as the Commodores fell, 57-56, Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Vanderbilt Gamenotes | LSU Gamenotes
The Commodores get right back to action after Thursday's win over Missouri and will hit the road for a game at LSU Saturday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. The game will tip off at 8 p.m., with the game airing live on ESPNU 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 improved to 9-6 on the season and 1-2 in SEC play after a 78-75 win over Missouri on Thursday night. Rod Odom had a career night, scoring a career high 24 points on a career best 8-of-19 shooting and also hit a career high six three-pointer shots. The senior also tacked on eight rebounds, three assists and tied a career high with four blocks. Kyle Fuller scored a season high 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting. He also hit a career high four threes, while chipping in with five assists and two boards. Damian Jones scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. The freshman has hit double-digits 10 times this season. Dai-Jon Parker finished with 11 points on 2-of-6 shooting, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. The junior had six assists to just one turnover and picked up a team best two steals on the defensive end. Fuller, Odom and Parker each played the entire 40 minutes. For Fuller and Parker, that is back-to-back games playing the full duration.
The meeting on Saturday will be the 110th between the two schools, with the Commodores holding a 60-49 advantage in the series. It will be the 51st meeting in Baton Rouge, with the Tigers leading the series at home, 29-21. LSU won the last meeting between the two schools, 57-56, on February 6, 2013, a win that snapped a seven-game Commodore win streak in the series.
Game 16/Vanderbilt (9-6, 1-2) vs. LSU (10-5, 1-2)
Baton Rouge, La. - Pete Maravich Assembly Center - 8 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Tom Hart (pxp), Jon Sundvold (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 60-49.
Last Meeting: LSU win, 57-56, on 2/6/13 in Baton Rouge.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 34-13.
Record at LSU: LSU leads, 29-21.
Record at Neutral Site: LSU leads, 7-5.
Coach Stallings vs. LSU: Coach Stallings is 11-7 against LSU.
- LSU enters Saturday night’s game with a 10-5 overall record and a 1-2 record in league play.
- Forward Johnny O’Bryant III leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Jordan Mickey (13.1) and Andre Stringer also average double figures (12.1)
- Two Commodores will be making homecoming appearances - freshman center Damian Jones and junior guard Dai-Jon Parker, who both hail from Baton Rouge.
- This will be the 110th career meeting between the two schools, with the teams scheduled to meet twice in the regular season this year for the first time since 1990-91.
- LSU leads the series in Baton Rouge, 29-21, and won last year’s only meeting at PMAC, 57-56, which snapped a seven-game Vanderbilt win streak.
Odom Nets Career High Vs. Missouri
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.4% from three and 74.4% from the free-throw line. Odom is 2nd in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.444) and in 3’s made (2.9/game), and has scored in double figures in 11 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on eight occasions in 2013-14, and tallied his first career double-double at Alabama with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a career-best 24 points vs. Missouri, and leads SEC in conference games only in 3’s/game (4.0).
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 672-659 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
The Commodores have seven scholarship players and nine overall on the roster after Josh Henderson was lost for the season with a left knee injury Dec. 5 against Marshall and Eric McClellan was dismissed from the team. However, of those seven, four are ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in one category or another.
Fuller Playing Best Basketball Of Career
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller has had a solid seven game stretch for the Commodores - he is averaging 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game in those games. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists with 4.2 assists per game and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). He also added his first career double-double with a 17-point, 10-assist game vs. Kentucky.
Perimeter Defense a Plus
The Commodores lead the SEC in all games in three-point field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 27.7% from the floor 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 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in 10 games this season, and seven of the eight games. He also added his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kentucky. He averages 14.7 ppg in SEC play, which is 2nd among all freshmen.
Kyle Fuller, Rod Odom, and Dai-Jon Parker each played the full 40 minutes against Missouri. Fuller and Parker also played 40 minutes vs. Kentucky.
The Commodores have six losses on the season, but none have come by more than nine points (vs. UK).
The Commodores added senior manager Rob Cross to the roster on January 16. Cross served as the senior manager for the last two seasons, and has been a part of the program for four years.