MBB hosts Alabama Saturday

Feb. 1, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 19, 2012
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Commodores control Tide, 69-59
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Vanderbilt pushed its win streak to eight by defeating Alabama 69-59 Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum.

After a tough road loss at Tennessee on Tuesday night, Vanderbilt looks to rebound Saturday afternoon when the Commodores welcome Alabama to Memorial Gym for a 3 p.m. tip off.  The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and the action can also be heard around the middle Tennessee area on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.

Game 20/VANDERBILT (8-11, 2-5) vs. ALABAMA (13-7, 5-2) 
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym (14,316)
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent:  Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio:  Sirius 93, XM 199
TV:  SEC Network SEC Network Affiliates Get Acrobat Reader
TV Talent:   Clay Matvick (pxp), Joe Dean (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  All-time series is tied at 65.
Last Meeting:  Vanderbilt defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 69-59, on 1/19/12.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads 40-18.
Record at Alabama:  UA leads 43-20.
Record at Neutral Site:  VU leads 5-4.
Coach Stallings vs. Alabama:  Coach Stallings is 10-6 against Alabama.

About Alabama and the Series

  • Alabama enters the game with a 13-7 overall record and a 5-2 mark in SEC play and have won five out of their last six games after Thursday’s win against Arkansas in Tuscaloosa.
  • Trevor Releford leads three Crimson Tide players in double figures with 15.9 points per game.  Trevor Lacey (12.2) and Rodney Cooper (10.6) also average double figures.
  • Tuesday’s meeting will be the 131st meeting between the two schools, with the overall series dead even at 65.
  • Coach Stallings is 10-6 all-time against the Crimson Tide, and has a record of 6-0 against Alabama at Memorial Gym.

'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 851 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 four games, Vanderbilt has averaged 24.8 bench points per game.

Kedren Johnson Ranks In Several SEC Categories

Sophomore point guard Kedren Johnson is in the top 10 in the SEC in several categories, including: 

Scoring - 10th (14.8)
FG% - 8th (.430)
Min. Played - 6th (32.5)
In SEC games only, he ranks 5th in assists (4.0), 9th in FT% (.786), and 10th in A/TO ratio (1.5).

Johnson is also the most improved scorer in the SEC from last season, when he averaged 3.1 points per game.

Variety of Success

The Commodores have been led in scoring by five different players this season, in rebounding by eight different players, and six different leaders in assists.  Of the 10 players who have played in SEC games, nine have received a start.

Four of Next Five At Home

The Commodores, starting with Saturday's game against Alabama, will play four of their next five at Memorial Gym.

Game Day Promotions

There is a lot going on at the game on Saturday.  Here are some of the happenings on Saturday.

The 2012 Music City Bowl Champion Vanderbilt football team will be honored at the half of the game and will sign autographs prior to it.  Fans must have a ticket to get autographs in the practice gym.  Read more here

Vanderbilt's baseball team will sign autographs at the half in the practice gym.  Read more here

Fans are encouraged to donate new or slightly used shoes at the game for the charity Soles 4 Souls.  Read more here



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