Jan. 28, 2014
Vanderbilt Gamenotes | Georgia Gamenotes
Vanderbilt will travel to Georgia to play the Bulldogs for the 137th time this Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum in the team's only meeting of the regular season. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on CSS and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt improved to 10-8 on the season and 2-4 in league play in their last time out when the Commodores notched their first road win of the season at Texas A&M, 66-55, this past Saturday in College Station. Junior James Siakam tallied his second career double-double with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Commodores, while also adding four blocks. Senior guard Kyle Fuller added 19 points, his 21st career double-figure scoring game, and his 11th of the season. The Commodores outshot the Aggies, 41.7% to 33.3% and outrebounded Texas A&M, 36-33, for the day. Freshman Luke Kornet made a career-high three threes and Vanderbilt improved on their SEC-leading three-point field goal percentage, limiting the Aggies to 22.2% from three. The Commodores held SEC assist leader Alex Caruso to zero assists. He came in to the game averaging 5.1 per game.
This will be the first and only meeting between the two schools this regular season, and the 137th overall. Georgia leads the all-time series in Athens, 33-28, and the Commodores lead the all-time series, 87-49.
Game 19/Vanderbilt (10-8, 2-4) vs. Georgia (10-8, 4-2)
Athens, Ga. - Stegeman Coliseum - 6 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Matt Stewart (pxp), Daymeon Fishback (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 85, XM 85
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 87-49.
Last Meeting: VU win, 63-62, on 2/27/13 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 54-13.
Record at UGA: UGA leads, 33-28.
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 5-3
Coach Stallings vs. UGA: Coach Stallings is 19-10 vs. Georgia.
- Georgia enters the two teams’ only meeting this season with a 10-8 overall record and a 2-4 mark in SEC play.
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series between the two schools, 87-49, but the Dogs lead the series in Athens, 33-28.
- The Commodores have won the last eight games in the series, dating back to the 2009-10 season.
- Vanderbilt won last year’s meeting against Georgia at Memorial Gym, 63-62, with Kevin Bright hitting a go-ahead jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Commodores the victory.
- Dai-Jon Parker and Charles Mann each attended Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
James Siakam Had Quite The Week
Junior forward James Siakam had quite the week last week, averaging 14.5 points and 10 rebounds in his last two games, while also adding 3.5 blocks per contest. Against Texas A&M, Siakam posted his second career double-double with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Commodore Block Party
The Commodores are averaging 5.8 blocks per game in SEC play, and in the team’s last four games, the team is averaging seven blocks per game.
Odom One of Nation's Best Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.3% from three and 72.3% from the free-throw line. Odom is third in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.433) and in 3’s made (2.9/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 is second in the SEC in conference games only in 3’s/game (3.3).
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 673-661 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 11.1 points per game in all games and 14.0 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.1) and league games only (4.5), and 10th 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 28.0% 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 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in 12 games this season, and nine of the last 11 games. He has two double-doubles on the season, and averages 13.3 ppg in SEC play, which is tied for 3rd among all freshmen. In SEC play, he ranks in the top 10 in rebounding (T-8th, 7.2), FG% (5th, 46.4%), and defensive rebounds (T-5th, 4.8).
Three-Point Streak Still In Tact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 883 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.