#19/22 MBB takes on Arkansas Saturday

Jan. 28, 2011

The #19/22-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores return to Memorial Gym less than 48 hours after its 81-74 win over Mississippi State Thursday when they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon. The game tips off at 5 p.m. CT, and can be heard on the Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College and vucommodores.com.

The game will be televised on FSN and ESPN3.com, with Dave Neal and Barry Booker on the call.

Series Info: Arkansas owns a 15-9 overall series advantage against the Commodores, but Vanderbilt leads the series at Memorial Gym, 7-3.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt defeated Arkansas, 89-72, in Fayetteville on February 27, 2010
Head Coaches: Kevin Stallings is in his 12th year at Vanderbilt (228-141) and his 18th overall (351-204). John Pelphrey is in his fourth year at Arkansas (64-52) and ninth year overall (144-119).
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College (WRQQ - 97.1 FM);
Play-by-Play: Joe Fisher (13th year); B Tim Thompson (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Dave Neal; Color: Barry Booker

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About Arkansas
Arkansas enters the game with a 13-6 overall record, and a 3-3 mark in the SEC after defeating Auburn, 73-64, in Fayetteville on Tuesday.

Rotnei Clarke leads three Razorback players in double figures with 12.5 points per game. Delvon Johnson (10.7) and Marshawn Powell (10.4) each average double digit scoring, and Johnson leads the team on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game.

The Arkansas Series
Arkansas owns a 15-9 overall series advantage against the Commodores, but Vanderbilt leads the series at Memorial Gym, 7-3. The Razorbacks lead the series, 8-2, in games played in Fayetteville, and 3-0 in neutral site games.

Stallings Versus Arkansas
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has a record of 4-9 all-time against the Razorbacks as a head coach, and has a record of 3-2 against Arkansas at Memorial Gym.

Stallings In SEC
Play Entering his 12th season of SEC play at the helm of the Commodores, Kevin Stallings has an 87-94 record in SEC play. In 2009-10, Stallings posted his best SEC record as a coach with a 12-4 mark.

Vanderbilt Vs. The SEC
Vanderbilt has a 631-627 record against teams that currently comprise the SEC.

Goulbourne Boardwork Impressive
Goulbourne has double digit rebounds in five of his last six games, and with his 12-rebound performance against Mississippi State, he became the first player since Dan Langhi in 1998 ((10) vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/1998; (10) vs. Morehead State, 11/24/1998; (17) vs. Ohio State, 11/28/1998) to have double-digit rebounds in three consecutive games.

3-Point D
In the latest national rankings, the Commodores come in at number eight in three-point field goal percentage defense at 28.3%. Mississippi State shot 29.6% from beyond-the-arc on Thursday.

Free Throws
The Commodores lead the SEC in free throw attempts per game in all games (26.9), and in SEC games only (29.2). On the road in five games thus far, Vanderbilt has made more free throws than their opponents have attempted. In the five games, VU is 91-135 (.674), while opponents are 55-78 (.70.5).

Vanderbilt-Mississippi State
Tidbits Jeffery Taylor scored a game-high 25 points to lead Vanderbilt to its first win in Starkville since 1993 with an 81-74 win over Mississippi State on Thursday. John Jenkins added 21 points, and Festus Ezeli scored 14 points in the victory.
• With the win, Vanderbilt moves to 73-44 in the overall series against Mississippi State, and narrowed the Bulldogs’ lead in the series in Starkville to 31-22.
• Vanderbilt won in Starkville for the first time since 1993.
• Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings got the first win of his career in Starkville. His overall record at the Humphrey Coliseum is now 1-5, and against the Bulldogs overall, he is now 7-8.
• The win was Vanderbilt’s first SEC road victory of the season, and its second of 2010-11. The Commodores are now 2-3 on the road (win vs. MTSU, losses at Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee).
• Three Commodore players scored in double-figures against Mississippi State, with Jeffery Taylor leading the way with 25 points. It was Taylor’s third 20-point effort of the season and the seventh of his career. Taylor also added five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block.
• Vanderbilt committed only nine turnovers against Mississippi State, which tied a season-low. The Commodores also committed nine against Davidson and Southeastern Louisiana.
• Both teams made 26 field goals, eight three-point field goals, and each pulled down 38 rebounds. • Vanderbilt was 17-31 from the charity stripe on the night, with Mississippi State going 14-17. On the road in four games thus far, Vanderbilt has made more free throws than their opponents have attempted. In the five games, VU is 91-135 (.674), while opponents are 55-78 (.70.5).
• The Commodores held Mississippi State to only 29.7% from three; it is the fifth straight game Vanderbilt has held their opponent to 30% or less from beyond-the-arc.
• Mississippi State outshot Vanderbilt, 44.8% to 41.9% from the floor – the Commodores move to 2-2 on the season when an opponent shoots a better percentage from the floor.
• The Commodores won the opening tip against Mississippi State, and moves to 14-1 on the season when doing so. • John Jenkins made a three-point basket at the 19:19 mark of the first half, which extended Vanderbilt’s consecutive games streak with a three-pointer to 781 games.
• The game with Mississippi State marked the first time this year that the two teams made the same number of three-point baskets. The Commodores are now 1-1 when both teams have the same number of rebounds. • Ties: 12; Lead changes: 16
• VU largest lead: 7 (2nd half, 0:06).
• Vanderbilt outscored the Bulldogs, 30-24 in the paint and 15-9 in points off of turnovers. Mississippi State outscored VU, 16-13 in second chance points and 15-4 in bench points. There were no fast-break points scored in the contest.

Player Notes vs. Mississippi State
• Jeffery Taylor’s 25 points was his second-best total of the season. He tallied a career-high 27 points in the season opener against Presbyterian.
• Taylor tied a career-high with three three-pointers made (Presbyterian).
John Jenkins added 21 points, his 10th 20+-point of the season and the 12th of his career.
• Jenkins was 5-for-11 from the floor, and a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.
Festus Ezeli scored in double-figures for the 13th time this season and 16th time of his career with 14 points. Ezeli was 5-for-5 from the floor.
Lance Goulbourne missed his third consecutive double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. His double-digit rebounding game against the Bulldogs was his third consecutive and fifth in his last six games. He is averaging 11.3 rebounds over the six-game span.
Brad Tinsley, the SEC’s leader in assists, dished out five assists, his 10th five assist game of the season and the 20th of his career.



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