Jan. 31, 2014
After winning two consecutive games on the road, the Commodores return home for a three-game home stand that begins this Saturday when Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi State. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on FSN and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores won their second consecutive road game on Wednesday night in Athens in their last time out over the University of Georgia, 59-54, behind senior Rod Odom's second career double-double in a 16-point, 12-rebound performance in their last time out. Junior guard Dai-Jon Parker tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, and senior guard Kyle Fuller scored 13 points in the win. Vanderbilt held the Bulldogs to 27.3% from the floor, their best defensive performance of the season, and 17.4% from three. Odom made four threes (4-8) on the night, his 11th game this season in which he has made three or more threes, and his 12 rebounds marked a new career high. Fuller scored 10 of his 13 points from the free throw line (10-14). Odom and Parker played the full 40 minutes for the Commodores, while Fuller played all but 26 seconds.
This will be the 121st meeting between the two schools, with the Commodores owning a 75-45 advantage in the series, and the 53rd meeting in Nashville. The Commodores lead the series in Nashville, 43-9.
Game 20/Vanderbilt (11-8, 3-4) vs. Mississippi State (13-7, 3-4)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 4 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Dave Neal (pxp), Larry Conley (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 201
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 75-45.
Last Meeting: VU win, 72-31, on 2/23/13 in Starkville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 43-9.
Record at Miss. St.: MSU leads, 31-24.
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 8-5.
Coach Stallings vs. MSU: Coach Stallings is 9-9 vs. Miss. State.
About Mississippi State
- Mississippi State enters the two teams’ only meeting this season with a 13-7 overall record and a 3-4 mark in SEC play.
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series between the two schools, 75-45, and own a 43-9 record in games played in Nashville.
- The Commodores have won three of the last four in the series, with Miss. State’s overtime win in that span coming at Memorial Gym on January 21, 2012 (78-77).
- Vanderbilt won last year’s meeting in Starkville, 72-31, on February 23, 2013.
With the Commodores down to seven scholarship players, a few players have logged some major minutes in SEC play. Guard Dai-Jon Parker has played the full 40 minutes five times since league play began, Rod Odom four, and Kyle Fuller three, with Parker (39.4 mpg), Fuller (38.6), and Odom (36.9), 1,2, and 3, respectively in minutes played in league play. Amazingly, Parker and Odom have not missed a minute of action since leaving the game at the 1:27 mark of regulation in the LSU game on January 18, a stretch of 120 consecutive minutes.
Vanderbilt has 12 combined 40-minute non-overtime performances this SEC season, with the rest of the league combining for only one (Trevor Releford vs. LSU, Jan. 25).
The Commodores won their first two true road games of the year this past week against Texas A&M and Georgia, Vanderbilt's first consecutive wins on the road in SEC play since February 16 (Ole Miss) and February 19 (Georgia) of 2012.
Odom One of Nation's Best Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 14.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.8% from three. Odom is third in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.438) and in 3’s made (2.9/game), and has scored in double figures in 14 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on 10 occasions in 2013-14, and tallied his second career double-double at Georgia with 16 points and 12 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 (3.4).
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 674-661 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.
Perimeter Defense a Plus
The Commodores lead the SEC in all games and in SEC play in three-point field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 27.3% from the floor overall and 27.4% in league play from beyond-the-arc.
Fuller Playing Well
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 11.2 points per game in all games and 13.9 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.1) and league games only (4.4), 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.
Three-Point Streak Still In Tact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 884 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.