The Commodores travel to Gainesville to take on the #11/12-ranked Florida Gators Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. CT at the O'Connell Center in their second consecutive road SEC contest. The game will be televised on CBS, and can be heard live in the middle Tennessee area and online at vucommodores.com on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network.
Vanderbilt dropped to 16-6 on the season and 5-2 in the SEC on Tuesday night, dropping an 82-74 decision to Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. Junior John Jenkins led the team with 19 points, while Jeffery Taylor added 18, Festus Ezeli 14, and Steve Tchiengang chipped in 10 points for the Commodores.
Series Information Series Record: Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 63-59. Last Meeting: UF defeated Vanderbilt, 77-66, on 3/12/11 in SEC Tournament semfinals. Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 40-14. Record at UF: UF leads 40-20. Record at Neutral Site: UF leads 5-2. Coach Stallings vs. Florida: Coach Stallings is 7-19 vs. Florida.
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Saturday's meeting with Florida will be the 123rd in the series. Vanderbilt holds a 63-59 series advantage.
The first meeting between the two schools came in the 1930-31 season.
Coach Stallings is 7-19 all-time against the Gators, and has won in Gainesville twice in his tenure as Commodores' coach (since 1999-2000). His two wins came in 2001 (63-61) and in 2010 (64-60).
More On Florida The Gators enter the game with an 18-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark in SEC play. Kenny Boynton leads five Gator players in double figures with 17.5 points per game. Bradley Beal (14.2), Erving Walker (12.7), Patric Young (11.1), and Erik Murphy (10.3) also average double figures. Young leads the team on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game.
In SEC play, Vanderbilt is outscoring opponents by an average of 10.0 points and shooting 47.4% from the floor and 44.7% from three.
The Commodores sport the leading scorer in all games and SEC games only (John Jenkins, 19.9 ppg; 17.9 SEC) and the second-leading scorer in conference games (17.9 ppg) and third in all games (17.4) in the SEC. Jenkins also paces the league and nation in three's made at 3.9 per game.
Taylor won SEC POTW honors for his play against UT and MTSU last week (20 ppg, 7.5 rpg).
Vanderbilt completed non-conference play 11-5 with Saturday's win against MTSU.
Jenkins has scored in double-digit figures in 55 consecutive games, 74 in his career.
In the last two seasons, VU has defended well from beyond-the-arc - opponents are only shooting 32.2% since the beginning of the 2010 season (333-1,035).
Taylor paces the SEC in league games only in 3FG % at 59.3%.
In SEC play, the Commodores rank first in three different categories - 3-point field goal percentage (.473), threes made (10.2), and assists (13.7).
VU's starting five has amassed 386 career starts.
Taylor's 18 points against Arkansas moved him past Drew Maddux (1995-98) and Clyde Lee (1964-66) on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list with 1,698 points. Taylor is now sixth on the list, and trails Mike Rhodes (1978-81) by one point for fifth and Ronnie McMahon (1992-95) by 21 points for fourth.
Taylor is fourth in the SEC in field goal percentage (.531), and has made more field goals than any other player in the SEC (139). Taylor also leads the league in 3-point FG percentage in SEC games only at 59.3%.
Jenkins leads the league in all games in scoring (19.9), 3-point FG% (44.1%), and threes made (3.9). In league games only, Jenkins leads in scoring (17.9), and is first in threes made (3.9) and free throw percentage (.957).
In league games only, Tinsley leads the league in assists (5.6) and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8).
With the win over Alabama on January 19, the Commodores are now 12-7 in road SEC contests since the 2009-10 campaign (6-2 in 2009-10, 4-4 in 2010-11, 2-1 in 2011-12).
The Commodores' bench has been outscored by their opponent by an average of 5.1 points per game (18.1 to 13.0) - for the season.
Vanderbilt shot 50% from the floor for the second consecutive game and dropped its first game of the season when shooting 50% or better. VU has a 7-1 record in games when it surpasses the 50% barrier from the floor.
The Commodores were outrebounded by Arkansas, 36-29, including 14-7 on the offensive glass. Vanderbilt is now 2-5 when outrebounded by their opponent.