Feb. 4, 2014
Vanderbilt will look to build on a three-game SEC win streak this Wednesday night as the Commodores host Tennessee at Memorial Gym, the 184th career meeting in the series and the 91st meeting in Nashville between the two teams. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, with the game airing live online on ESPN3 and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Wednesday's game is also the Commodores' annual white out game, with all Vanderbilt fans encouraged to wear white to Memorial Gym for the game.
Vanderbilt won their third consecutive game Saturday in a 55-49 win over Mississippi State at Memorial Gym. Senior Rod Odom scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, and 4-of-10 from outside the arc. He also pulled down six rebounds, and did not commit a turnover in 39 minutes played. Saturday’s game marked Odom’s 15th game in double figures this season, and his 11th game this season in which he has made more than three threes in a game. Senior Kyle Fuller finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes. Freshman Damian Jones was 6-of-6 from the floor, and 1-of-2 from the free throw line for 13 points. Jones also tallied a block and a steal. Junior guard Dai-Jon Parker played the full 40 minutes for the fourth-straight game, and the sixth time in the last seven games.
- Wear White to the Game!!
- The first 500 students to the game receive a free T-Shirt.
Tickets are available for Wednesday's night game by calling 322-GOLD, logging on to vucommodores.com, or visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office.
Game 21/Vanderbilt (12-8, 4-4) vs. Tennessee (14-7, 5-3)
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 Weekley (pxp), Jeff Jackson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 119, XM 200
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Tennessee leads, 113-70
Last Meeting: UT win, 58-46, on 2/13/13 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 52-38.
Record at UT: UT leads, 69-17.
Record at Neutral Site: UT leads, 6-1.
Coach Stallings vs. UT: Coach Stallings is 12-17 vs. Tennessee.
- Tennessee enters the game with a 14-7 overall record and a 5-3 mark in SEC play. The Volunteers have won two consecutive games in league play.
- Tennessee leads the all-time series, 113-70, but the Commodores lead the series, 52-38, in games played in Nashville. The Commodores own a 39-24 advantage in games played at Memorial Gym.
- The Vols have won three straight in the series and five of the last six meetings.
- The Commodores and Vols both have a strength coach named Christopher - Garry became the team’s strength coach in the summer of 2013, while his younger brother, Nicodemus, is in his second season with the Vols. The San Diego natives each graduated from Baylor.
- Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings and UT head coach Cuonzo Martin each played for and coached with Purdue coaching legend Gene Keady.
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 six times since league play began, with Rod Odom and Kye Fuller doing it four times apiece. The trio is 1, Parker (39.4 mpg)-2, Fuller (38.8)-3, Odom (37.1) in minutes played in SEC play. Amazingly, Parker has 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 160 consecutive minutes.
Vanderbilt has 14 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).
Commodores Top Five Team In 3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense
The Commodores are currently fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 27.8% from beyond-the-arc. Vanderbilt also leads the SEC in that category.
Odom One of Nation's Best Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.5% from three. Odom is second in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.435) and in 3’s made (3.0/game), and has scored in double figures in 15 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on 11 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 (3.5).
The Commodores won their first two true road games of the year last 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.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 675-661 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.
Fuller Playing Well
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 11.3 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 third in league games only (4.5). Fuller has scored in double-figures in 11 games this season, with VU 9-2 in those games. He also added his first career double-double with a 17-point, 10-assist game vs. Kentucky.
Siakam's Stellar Play
Although junior James Siakam is an undersized four man at 6’7, he more than holds his own on the glass. He has two double-doubles this season (vs. Lipscomb, at Texas A&M), and has averaged 7.0 rebounds per game in his last four contests.
The Commodores added senior manager Rob Cross to the roster on January 16. Cross served as the senior manager for the last two seasons, and has been a part of the program for four years.
Three-Point Streak Still In Tact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 885 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.