Jan. 24, 2014
The Commodores will make their first men's basketball trip to College Station, Texas, in the history of the program this Saturday afternoon when they take on Texas A&M at Reed Arena. The game will tip off at 12 p.m. CT, 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.
Vanderbilt dropped to 9-8 on the season and 1-4 in SEC play after a 63-52 loss to Ole Miss Wednesday night at Memorial Gym, in their last time out. Vanderbilt shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the floor, and just 15 percent (3-of-20) from three-point land. Fifteen-percent is the worst the Commodores have shot from outside the arc this season, it is only the second time the ‘Dores have shot lower than 20 percent. Rod Odom scored a game high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and 3-of-9 from beyond the three-point line. Odom has scored in double-figures 13 times this season. Damian Jones finished with 14 points in 33 minutes of play. Jones also pulled down 10 boards for his second career double-double. James Siakam had his second double-digit rebounding game of the season, finishing with 10. He also added on seven points and three blocks. Kyle Fuller pulled down a career high nine rebounds.
This will be only the third career meeting in the series between the two schools, with Vanderbilt leading 2-0. The two teams will play twice in the regular season (home and home) this year.
Game 18/Vanderbilt (9-8, 1-4) vs. Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2)
College Station, Texas - Reed Arena - 12 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 108, XM 200
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 2-0.
Last Meeting: VU win, 63-56, on 2/16/13 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 2-0.
Record at TAMU: NA
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Stallings vs. TAMU: Coach Stallings is 1-0 vs. Texas A&M.
About Texas A&M
- Texas A&M enters Saturday’s game with a 12-6 overall record and a 3-2 mark in league play. The Aggies are also 11-1 this season at Reed Arena, with their lone loss coming at home on December 31 against North Texas.
- Jamal Jones is the only Aggie in double figures this season, averaging 12.1 points per game.
- Point guard Alex Caruso leads the league in assists per game with 5.1 per contest.
- This will be only the third career meeting between the two schools and the Commodores’ first ever trip to College Station.
Odom One of Nation's Best Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.7% from three and 72.3% 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 13 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on 10 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 (3.8).
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 672-661 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 10.6 points per game in all games and 13.0 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists with 4.1 assists per game and 8th 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 28.4% 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 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in 12 games this season, and nine of the last 10 games. He has two double-doubles on the season, and averages 14.8 ppg in SEC play, which is 3rd among all freshmen. In SEC play, he ranks in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.0), FG% (46.8%), offensive rebounds (T-9th, 2.8), and defensive rebounds (T-5th, 5.2).
Kyle Fuller, Rod Odom, and Dai-Jon Parker each played the full 40 minutes against Ole Miss. All are ranked in the top four in minutes played in SEC play.
Turnovers and Rebounding
The turnover and rebounding columns are ones that the Commodores have struggled with this season in losses. In Vanderbilt’s nine wins, the Commodores have committed only an average of 12.7 turnovers per game and have posted a +2.4 rebounding margin. In losses, VU is committing 15.9 turnovers per game and has a -3.7 rebounding margin. Opponents are also outscoring Vanderbilt, 105-57, in second chance points in the losses, while Vanderbilt has outscored their opponents, 100-95, in second-chance points in their wins.
The Last Meeting
February 16, 2013
Dores top Aggies, 63-56
NASHVILLE -- Rod Odom scored 19 points and Dai-Jon Parker added a career-high 17 points to lift Vanderbilt past Texas A&M 63-56 Saturday night at Memorial Gym.