Vanderbilt welcomes its most-played rival this Tuesday night at Memorial Gym when Tennessee comes to town for a 6 p.m. CT tip off. The game can be seen live on ESPNU, and can be heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network throughout the middle Tennessee area and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt had an eight game winning streak snapped by Mississippi State on Saturday in an overtime loss to the Bulldogs, 78-77, at Memorial Gym. John Jenkins led four Vanderbilt players in double figures with 21 points. Jeffery Taylor added 19 points, Lance Goulbourne 12 points on a career-high four made three's, and Festus Ezeli chipped in second consecutive double-double with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. The Commodores moved to 4-1 in the SEC and are one game back of Kentucky, who sits at 5-0.
Series Information Series Record: Tennessee leads the all-time series, 110-69. Last Meeting: Tenn. defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville, 60-51, on 2/22/11. Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 47-32. Record at UT: UT leads 70-21. Record at Neutral Site: UT leads 7-1. Coach Stallings vs. UT: Coach Stallings is 11-14 against Tennessee
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More On The Tennessee Series
Tuesday's meeting will be the 180th all-time between the two schools. Tennessee is Vanderbilt's most-played opponent in the program's history.
The first meeting between the two schools came in the 1921-22 season in Knoxville.
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings and Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin both played at Purdue under former coach Gene Keady.
Coach Stallings is 11-4 all-time against the Volunteers and 6-6 against Tennessee at Memorial Gym.
More On Tennessee The Volunteers are 9-10 overall on the season, and 1-3 in SEC play. Tennessee knocked off #11 Connecticut on Saturday, 60-57, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Trae Golden leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game with freshman Jarnell Stokes leading the team on the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game.
Vanderbilt Quick Hitters
The loss was Vanderbilt's first with the starting lineup of Jenkins, Taylor, Goulbourne, Ezeli, and Brad Tinsley (4-1).
In SEC play, Vanderbilt is outscoring opponents by an average of 12.0 points and shooting 47.9% from the floor and 47.7% from three.
Vanderbilt is now 0-6 in its last six overtime games, and 0-3 in OT games this year (Xavier, at Louisville, Mississippi State).
With the win over Alabama, the Commodores are now 12-6 in road SEC contests since the 2009-10 campaign (6-2 in 2009-10, 4-4 in 2010-11, 2-0 in 2011-12). The 12 wins is the most in the SEC.
Four of Vanderbilt's starters are hovering around 50% from the floor for the season - Jenkins (48.1%), Taylor (54.1%), Tinsley (48.9%), and Goulbourne (49.6%).
The Commodores sport the leading scorer in all games (John Jenkins, 19.8 ppg) and the third-leading scorer (Jeffery Taylor, 17.1 ppg) in the SEC. Jenkins also paces the league and nation in three's made at 4.0 per game.
John Jenkins was 5-11 from beyond-the-arc against Miss. State, his ninth consecutive game making 3 or more 3FG, his 14th this season, and 45th in his career.
Jenkins has scored in double-digit figures in 51 consecutive games, 70 in his career.
Vanderbilt was outrebounded, 37-33, by Miss. State - VU is now 1-4 in those games this season.
Taylor scored in double figures for the 18th time this season against Alabama, and the 90th time in his career. Goulbourne reached double digits for the 10th time this season.
VU's starting five has amassed 371 career starts.
Taylor is fourth in the SEC in field goal percentage (.541), and has made more field goals than any other player in the SEC (120).
Jenkins leads the league in field goal makes per game with 6.5.
In SEC play, the Commodores rank first in five different categories - scoring defense (59.0), field goal percentage defense (.367), 3-point field goal percentage (.477), threes made (10.6), and assists (13.8).
The team's 40.5 3-point percentage stands as the best team mark since the 1992-93 campaign, when the team was 41.2% from beyond-the-arc.
Brad Tinsley - SEC assist leader in 2010-11, 56 career double-figure scoring games, 36 5+ assist gms, leads the SEC in league games in assists with 5.8 per game, 7th on VU's all-time assist list (419).
John Jenkins - All-time VU sophomore leading scorer (624 pts), made 244 career threes, 44.1% shooter for his career from three.
Jeffery Taylor - SEC active leading scorer (1,640 pts), 89 career double-figure games, 15 20+ games, ninth on VU's all-time scoring list.
Last Time Out - Mississippi State 78, Vanderbilt 77 (OT) The Commodores got 21 points from John Jenkins and 19 points from Jeffery Taylor, but it was not enough as Mississippi State escaped from Memorial Gym with a 78-77 overtime win over Vanderbilt Saturday. Lance Goulbourne added 12 points and Festus Ezeli chipped in his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Vanderbilt moved to 74-44 against Mississippi State and now holds a 44-9 record when playing in Memorial Gym.
Kevin Stallings is now 250-153 (13) at Vanderbilt, 373-216 (18) in his career. His record against Mississippi State is now 7-9.
Vandy has now dropped six straight overtime games and is 0-3 this season.
This marked the second overtime meeting with Mississippi State in the last three home matchups with Vanderbilt's last win being an 86-85 game on March 5, 2008.
Vanderbilt won the opening tip and scored on its first possession.
VU moved to 4-1 on the season with this starting lineup.
The 39 first half points were the most the Commodores have scored to open a game against an SEC opponent this season and the most since scoring 41 against LSU last year.
For the second game in a row, Vanderbilt held its opponent to one three-point field goal in the first half.
Mississippi St. opened up the second half with an 18-2 run.
John Jenkins hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining to tie the game at 68 to help send things into overtime.
Jeffery Taylor's free throw at the 1:52 mark in OT gave Vanderbilt its first lead since MSU's Renardo Sidney made a layup with 17:44 remaining in the second half to tie the game at 39.
Vanderbilt's 14 three-point buckets are the most against an SEC opponent since hitting 15 on March 5, 2008 versus Mississippi State.
The 29 field goals were the most against an SEC foe this season.
Mississippi State outrebounded Vanderbilt, 37-33, for the game and 12-5 on the offensive glass. It was only the fifth time VU has been outrebounded this season (1-4 record in those games).
Mississippi State led the Commodores at the two-minute mark of regulation - Vanderbilt is 0-3 this season when it is trailing with two minutes to play.
John Jenkins made a three-point field goal for the 40th game in a row. After going 5-11 from behind the arc he extends his consecutive game streak of making three or more three-pointers to nine games. It also marks his 14th time reaching the feat this season and 45th time doing it in his career.
After recording 21 points to reach 1,322 for his career, John Jenkins surpassed Barry Booker and Frank Seckar to move to 21st place on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list.
Jenkins has scored in double-digit figures in 51 consecutive games and 70 in his career.
For the tenth time this season, Jenkins reached the 20-point mark.