Jan. 31, 2011
The #23/24-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores hit the road for the second time in six days when they travel to Gainesville to take on the RV/#23-ranked Florida Gators on Tuesday evening at the O'Connell Center. The game tips off at 8 p.m. CT, and can be heard on the Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College and vucommodores.com.
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN3.com, with Brad Nessler, Dick Vitale, and Shannon Spake on the call.
Series Info: Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 63-58, but Florida leads the series, 38-21 in games played in Gainesville.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt defeated Florida, 64-60, in Gainesville on March 2, 2010.
Head Coaches: Kevin Stallings is in his 12th year at Vanderbilt (228-142) and his 18th overall (351-205). Billy Donovan is in his 15th year at Florida (346-144) and 17th year overall (382-164).
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College (WRQQ - 97.1 FM); vucommodores.com
Play-by-Play: Joe Fisher (13th year); Color: Tim Thompson (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Brad Nessler; Color: Dick Vitale; Sidelines: Shannon Spake
Florida enters the game with a 16-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in SEC play. The Gators lost at Mississippi State in their last time out, 71-64.
Erving Walker leads four Florida players in double figures. Kenny Boynton (13.0), Vernon Macklin (11.3), and Chandler Parsons (10.3) also average double-digits. Parsons leads the team on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Florida Series
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 63-58, but Florida leads the series, 38-21 in games played in Gainesville. In games played in Nashville, VU owns a 40-13 advantage in the series, while Florida leads the series, 5-2, in neutral site games.
Stallings Versus Florida
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has a record of 7-16 all-time against the Gators as a head coach, and has a record of 2-9 against Florida in Gainesville.
Stallings In SEC Play
Entering his 12th season of SEC play at the helm of the Commodores, Kevin Stallings has an 87-95 record in SEC play. In 2009-10, Stallings posted his best SEC record as a coach with a 12-4 mark.
Stallings In Non-Conference Play
Kevin Stallings is 141-47 in non-conference games and an astounding 104-8 in home non-conference games. Vanderbilt Vs. The SEC Vanderbilt has a 631-628 record against teams that currently comprise the SEC.
Goulbourne Boardwork Impressive
Goulbourne has double digit rebounds in five of his last seven 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.
The Commodores lead the SEC in free throw attempts per game in all games (20.1), and in SEC games only (22.3).
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).
John Jenkins tallied his 11th 20-point performance of the year with 24 points, but it was not enough as the hot-shooting Razorbacks defeated Vanderbilt, 89-78, Saturday evening at Memorial Gym.
Vanderbilt drops to 9-16 against Arkansas all-time and 7-4 when playing in Memorial Gym.
Head coach Kevin Stallings falls to 4-10 against the Razorbacks and an even 3-3 at home.
The `Dores fell to the Razorbacks in Memorial Gym for the first time since dropping 82-67 on March 3, 2007.
The Commodores won the opening tip and are 14-2 when doing so.
Vanderbilt lost at home for the first time this season and the first time losing in Memorial since falling to South Carolina 77-73 on March 6, 2010.
The Commodores allowed a season-high 89 points, the most points an opponent has scored against Vanderbilt since Georgia put up 94 in an overtime game in Memorial Gym on February 25, 2010.
The 11-point margin of defeat is the largest since falling 72-58 at Georgia on February 6, 2010 and the largest at home since dropping to Florida 94-69 on January 25, 2009.
Rotnei Clark's 36-point effort is a season-high by an opposing player this year - it marked the first time an opposing player has scored 30 or more points against Vanderbilt since Casey Mitchell of West Virginia notched 31 on November 11, 2010.
Vanderbilt's 96.2% (25-for-26) from the free throw line is the best percentage since 83.3% (5-for-6) in the season opener against Presbyterian on November 12.
Arkansas shot 57.4% (31-for-54) from the field, marking the highest percentage an opponent has shot against the Commodores this season and topping the previous high of 56.1% that Marquette shot on December 29, 2010. The field goal percentage was the highest at Memorial Gym since Kentucky shot 58.1% against the Commodores on Feb. 25, 2007. Vanderbilt won that game, 68-66.
The seven point half time deficit is the largest since trailing by 11 to West Virginia on November 19.
This marked the first time the Commodores were perfect from the free throw line in the first half this season.
For the first time this season, Vanderbilt was held to only one three-point basket in the first half.
Player Notes vs. Arkansas
Festus Ezeli recorded his 13th game scoring in double-figures this season with 18 points.
Ezeli matched a career-high in points against SEC opponents with 18, previously set against Georgia on January 12.
Rod Odom had a career-high 12 points, breaking his previous best of 11 set against Western Kentucky and West Virginia.
This marked John Jenkins's 11th 20-point game of the season and 13th of his career.
Jenkins's 24 points are the most he has scored at home this season.
Jenkins was 10-for-10 from the free throw line, marking the 11th time this season he has gone perfect from the line.