Jan. 21, 2014
SEC play continues on Wednesday night for the Commodores when they welcome Ole Miss to Memorial Gym for the first of two meetings this regular season. The game will tip off at 8 p.m., with the game airing live on CSS and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt fell to 9-7 on the season and 1-3 in SEC play after an 81-58 loss at LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. Senior Rod Odom led the Commodore effort with 20 points, his fourth 20+-point effort in his last five games, making 6-of-10 shots from the floor and 4-6 from three. Freshman Damian Jones scored 16 points, his eighth double-figure scoring game in his last nine contests, while Dai-Jon Parker added 10 points for Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt shot 35.8% from the floor, while the Tigers made 48.3% of their attempts. LSU outrebounded the Commodores, 48-24, on the night, and 21-11 on the offensive glass.
This will be the 116th 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. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 74-41, and 48-8 in games played in Nashville, with the first meeting coming between the two schools in 1924-25.
Tickets are available for as low as $25 for the game Wednesday night, and can be purchased by calling 615-322-GOLD, visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office, or logging on to vucommodores.com.
Game 17/Vanderbilt (9-7, 1-3) vs. Ole Miss (12-5, 3-1)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 8 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Matt Stewart (pxp), Barry Booker (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 198
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 74-41.
Last Meeting: Ole Miss win, 64-52, on 3/16/13 at SEC Tournament.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 48-8.
Record at OM: OM leads, 28-22.
Record at Neutral Site: OM leads, 5-4.
Coach Stallings vs. OM: Coach Stallings is 11-6 against Ole Miss.
About Ole Miss
- Ole Miss enters the game with a 12-5 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league play. The Rebels have won two straight against LSU and at South Carolina.
- Guard Marshall Henderson leads the Rebels in scoring with 19.2 points per game. Jarvis Summers also averages double figures with 18.1 points per game.
- Ole Miss won both games in the series in 2012-13, including a 64-52 win in the SEC Tournament Semifinals in Nashville. The Rebels also won at Memorial Gym last year for the first time since 2000-01.
- This will be the 116th 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.
Odom Averaged 22.0 Points Last Week
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.7% from three and 75.0% from the free-throw line. Odom is 2nd in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.457) and in 3’s made (3.0/game), and has scored in double figures in 11 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on nine occasions in 2013-14, and tallied his first career double-double at Alabama with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Last week, Odom averaged 22.0 points per game against Missouri and LSU and shot 52.6% from beyond-the-arc (10-19). He also leads SEC in conference games only in 3’s/game (4.0).
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 672-660 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, five 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 is having a solid senior season, averaging 10.9 points per game in all games and 15.0 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists with 4.0 assists per game and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). 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 28.1% 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 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in 11 games this season, and eight of the last nine games. He also added his first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kentucky. He averages 15.0 ppg in SEC play, which is 3rd 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. Fuller and Parker are averaging 39.0 minutes per game in league play.
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.