Jan. 28, 2013
Vanderbilt travels to Knoxville this Tuesday night to take on in-state rival Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will tip at 6 p.m. CT, and can be seen on ESPNU. The action can also be heard around the middle Tennessee area on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
Game 19/VANDERBILT (8-10, 2-4) vs. TENNESSEE (10-8, 2-4)
Knoxville, Tenn. - Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 199
TV Talent: Dari Nowkhah (pxp), Dino Gaudio (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Tennessee leads the all-time series, 111-70.
Last Meeting: Tennessee defeated VU, 68-61, on 3/3/12.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 52-37.
Record at UT: UT leads 68-17.
Record at Neutral Site: UT leads 6-1.
Coach Stallings vs. UT: Coach Stallings is 12-15 against Tennessee.
About Tennessee and the Series
- Tennessee enters the game with a 10-8 overall record and a 2-4 mark in SEC play after a one-point victory over Alabama on Saturday.
- Jordan McRae leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game. Jarnell Stokes (11.1) and Trae Golden (10.4) also average double figures.
- Tuesday's meeting will be the 182nd career meeting between the two schools.
- Coach Stallings is 12-15 all-time against Tennessee, and 4-9 all-time in games played at Thompson-Boling Arena as Vanderbilt's coach.
- Both Stallings and Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin played for Purdue coach Gene Keady.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 850 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.
Commodore Bench Success
The Commodores scored 30 bench points against Auburn on January 23, the most for a Vanderbilt team since VU scored 35 bench points against Bucknell on November 15, 2011. In the last three games, Vanderbilt has averaged 24 bench points per game.
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 - 8th (14.9)
FG% - 6th (.437)
3FG% - 8th (.353)
3FG Made - T-9th (2.0)
Min. Played - 5th (33.0)
Johnson is also the most improved scorer in the SEC from last season, when he averaged 3.1 points per game.
Kevin Bright Thrives Off The Bench
Freshman guard Kevin Bright has truely been a "bright" spot after being removed from the starting lineup four games ago. In the last four games coming off of the bench, he is averaging 10.0 ppg and is shooting 14-29 from the floor (48.3%) and 12-24 (.500) from beyond the arc. Bright is fourth in the SEC in league games only in 3FG% at 44.4%, and is making two threes per game in conference games.