Vanderbilt and Auburn meet Saturday
Jan. 22, 2010
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Vanderbilt moved to 3-0 in SEC play for the first time in the Stallings' era and the first time since the 1989-90 season with an 89-79 win over South Carolina in Columbia January 16. The two road wins to start the SEC season is also the first time VU has been 2-0 on the road since the 1971-72 campaign, and the Commodores have not been 4-0 to start league play since1965-66, when the team started 5-0 with wins over Tennessee twice, Tulane, Georgia, and Ole Miss.
The Commodores got to 3-0 behind four players in double figures with junior center A.J. Ogilvy leading the way with 22 points, the 21st 20+-point game of his career. Vanderbilt is 20-1 in games in which Ogilvy scores 20 or more points in his three-year career. Sophomore forward Jeffery Taylor added 16 points, and freshman John Jenkins and senior Jermaine Beal also scored 10 points for VU.
Vanderbilt also shot 50% or better for the ninth time this season against South Carolina when VU converted on 61.1% of its shots (33-54) from the floor; the Commodores are 9-0 in those games. VU also outrebounded the Gamecocks, 39-24, with Andre Walker and A.J. Ogilvy leading the way with nine rebounds apiece, and outscored the South Carolina bench, 30-7, in the game.
Taylor leads four Commodores averaging in double figures with 14.1 points per contest. Taylor is first in the SEC in field goal percentage in SEC games, and second in the league in all games. Ogilvy is next at 13.8 points per game, senior guard Jermaine Beal, who is seven points away from 1,000 points, averages 13.0 points per game, and freshman sharpshooter John Jenkins adds 10.9 points per game.
Saturday's game with Auburn is Vanderbilt's first home game since January 9 against Florida. After Saturday's contest, Vanderbilt returns to the road for three out of their next four contests - at Tennessee, at Kentucky, vs. Mississippi State, at Georgia.
Vanderbilt and Auburn will meet for the 131st time Saturday, with Vanderbilt holding a 79-51 advantage in the overall series, and a 45-16 series edge in games played in Nashville. The Commodores have won three straight in the series, five of the last six, and eight out of the last 10.
Auburn enters Saturday's game with a 10-9 overall record and a 1-3 record in SEC play after defeating LSU, 84-80, Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.
DeWayne Reed leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game. Frankie Sullivan (13.8), Lucas Hargrove (12.9), and Tay Waller (11.7) also average double figures for Auburn. Hargrove leads the Tigers on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per contest.
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