Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina Saturday

Feb. 4, 2011

The #23/24 Vanderbilt Commodores begin a three-game homestand on Saturday when the South Carolina Gamecocks invade Memorial Gym on Saturday afternoon to complete the season series between the two teams. The game tips off at 12:47 p.m. CT, and can be heard on the Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College and

The game will be televised regionally on the SEC Network and, with Dave Baker and Will Perdue on the call.

The Gamecocks came away with a 83-75 overtime win over the Commodores on January 8 at the Colonial Life Arena. John Jenkins led Vanderbilt (11-3, 0-1) with 27 points after missing the last game with a concussion. Jeffery Taylor added 14 points and Lance Goulbourne had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Commodores. South Carolina freshman Bruce Ellington finished with 22 points to lead the Gamecocks.

Series Info: South Carolina leads the all-time series, 24-23. Vanderbilt leads the series in Nashville, 12-10. Last Meeting: South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt, 83-75, in overtime on January 8 in Columbia, S.C.
Head Coaches: Kevin Stallings is in his 12th year at Vanderbilt (228-143) and his 18th overall (351-206). Darrin Horn is in his third year at South Carolina (49-33) and eighth year overall (160-81).
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College (WRQQ - 97.1 FM);
Play-by-Play: Joe Fisher (13th year); Color: Tim Thompson (10th year)
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Dave Baker; Color: Will Perdue



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About South Carolina
South Carolina enters the game with a 13-7 overall record and a 4-3 mark in SEC play after defeating LSU, 64-56, Wednesday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Freshman guard Bruce Ellington leads the Gamecocks with 14.5 points per game. Sam Muldrow (10.8) and Ramon Galloway (10.5) also average double-digits for South Carolina. Muldrow, who went for a triple-double in his last outing against the Commodores, leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per contest.

The South Carolina Series
South Carolina leads the all-time series, 24-23, after defeating the Commodores in the SEC opener for both teams this year, 83-75, in overtime in Columbia on January 8.

In games played in Nashville, the Commodores lead 12-10 at Memorial Gym. South Carolina leads the series in Columbia, 12-10, and the Gamecocks lead 2-1 at neutral sites.

Stallings Versus South Carolina
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has a record of 10-13 all-time against the Gamecocks as a head coach, and has a record of 4-7 against South Carolina at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt-Florida Tidbits
John Jenkins tallied his 12th 20-point performance of the year with 22 points, and Brad Tinsley chipped in 15 points, but the Gators emerged from a hard-fought game at the O’Connell Center with a 65-61 overtime win on Tuesday night.
• Florida narrowed the Vanderbilt advantage in the overall series to 63-59. Florida now owns a 39-21 record against the Commodores in Gainesville.
• Tuesday’s overtime game was Vanderbilt’s third of the season – the Commodores are 0-3 in those three games (at Missouri, at South Carolina, at Florida). • Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings’ record against Florida moves to 7-17 overall and 2-10 at the O’Connell Center.
• Vanderbilt is now 1-3 on the road in SEC play. Two of the losses have come in overtime.
• Vanderbilt moves to 3-2 in 2010-11 against ranked teams. The other loss came at Missouri in overtime.
• VU lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
• The Commodores outshot Florida, 37.5% to 36.7%, but the shooting percentage was the team’s second-lowest of the season (vs. West Virginia, .328). Vanderbilt is now 13-3 in games in which they outshoot their opponent. • Vanderbilt committed only nine turnovers against Florida, which tied a season-low. The Commodores also committed nine against Mississippi State, Davidson and Southeastern Louisiana.
• The Gators attempted 26 (15-26) free throws to Vanderbilt’s 18 (13-18), the second consecutive game that has happened. Prior to Saturday’s game with Arkansas, Vanderbilt had shot more foul shots than their opponents in 10 straight contests.
• Florida outrebounded Vanderbilt, 47-34, including 15-7 on the offensive glass. The Gators outscored the Commodores, 10-7, in second-chance points.
• Both teams made six three’s on the night – it marks the third consecutive game that VU and their opponent have made the same number of threes (1-2).
• The Commodores won the opening tip against Florida, and moves to 14-3 on the season when doing so.
Jeffery Taylor made a three-point basket at the 9:57 mark of the first half, which extended Vanderbilt’s consecutive games streak with a three-pointer to 783 games.
• The 61 points scored was the second-lowest total of the year for the Commodores. VU scored 59 points in a 59-49 win over Nebraska on November 18.
• Ties: 12; Lead changes: 13
• VU largest lead: 4 (1st half, 16:33).
• Both teams had 26 points in the paint, Vanderbilt outscored Florida, 12-9, in points off of turnovers and 13-9 in bench points. Both teams had six fast-break points.

Player Notes vs. Florida
John Jenkins scored a game-high 22 points. It marked his third consecutive 20+-point game, his 12th of the season, and 14th of his career.
• Jenkins also tied his career-high in rebounds with six. He was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. • Brad Tinsley tallied 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
• Jenkins and Lance Goulbourne led the team in rebounding with six.
Jeffery Taylor did not start against Florida (Coach’s Decision); first time in his career (84 games) he did not start.

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