Jan. 22, 2013
After defeating South Carolina on the road on Saturday, the Commodores return home seeking their first home SEC win of the season when Auburn comes to Memorial Gym for a 7 p.m. tip off on Wednesday night. The game can be seen live online on ESPN3, and the action can also be heard around the middle Tennessee area on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
Game 17/VANDERBILT (7-9, 1-3) vs. AUBURN (8-9, 2-2)
Wednesday, January 23 - 7 p.m. CST
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym (14,316)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92, XM 199
TV Talent: Mike Gleason (pxp), Daymeon Fishback (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 82-51.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt won the last meeting, 65-35, at Memorial Gym on 1/7/12.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 47-16.
Record at Auburn: VU leads 32-29.
Record at Neutral Site: Auburn leads 6-3.
Coach Stallings vs. Auburn: Coach Stallings is 11-5 against Auburn.
About Auburn and the Series
- Auburn enters the game with an 8-9 overall record and a 2-2 mark in SEC play after a 75-53 loss at home to Kentucky on Saturday. Frankie Sullivan leads three players in double figures with 17.4 points per contest.
- The Commodores lead the all-time series, 82-51, and have won the last six games in the series.
- Vanderbilt claimed the last meeting, 65-35, at Memorial Gym in the SEC opener last season.
- Coach Stallings has an 11-5 record all-time against Auburn.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 848 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV 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.
Threes A Big Part Of Offense
43.0% of Vanderbilt’s attempts from the floor are threes, which ranks 13th out of 347 Division I teams. 38.8% of the team’s total points comes off of threes, which ranks eighth nationally.
Perimeter Defense Coming Through For Dores
The Commodores’ perimeter defense has been stellar throughout the season, limiting opponents to only 29% from beyond the arc. In league play, the number is even better, with opponents only shooting 21.6% from three in the first four games of SEC play. Vanderbilt held its last opponent, South Carolina, to only 19% from three (4-21).
Parker Coming On
Sophomore guard Dai-Jon Parker, who started his second consecutive game against South Carolina Saturday, is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two starts. He made his first collegiate start against Ole Miss (1/15) and had career bests in points (16), rebounds (6), assists (4), and minutes (38). Parker scored 11 points at South Carolina in his second start.
Kedren Johnson Ranks In Several SEC Categories
Sophomore point guard Kedren Johnson, who leads the Commodores in scoring, is in the top 10 in the SEC in several categories, including:
Scoring - 10th (15.1)
FG% - 8th (.441)
3FG% - 5th (.362)
3FG Made - 8th (2.1)
Min. Played - 5th (33.1)
Johnson is also the most improved scorer in the SEC from last season, when he averaged 3.1 points per game.