#18/20 MBB takes on Georgia Saturday

Feb. 5, 2010

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Vanderbilt returns to the road this Saturday when the Commodores travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the game can be seen live on FSN South, ESPN360.com, and ESPN Full Court. The radio call can be heard on the Vanderbilt-ISP Radio Network and vucommodores.com, with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson courtside with all of the action.

The Commodores, who are 3-1 on the road in SEC play this year, are looking to match a Stallings-era best (since 1999-00) for most road wins in a season at Georgia on Saturday. Vanderbilt won four road games in the 2005-06 campaign, and last started 4-1 on the road in league play in 1966-67.

Vanderbilt enters Saturday's contest with a 17-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark in SEC play, which puts the Commodores atop the SEC East in a tie with Kentucky. The Commodores won their last time out at home against West Division leader Mississippi State, 75-72, at Memorial Gym. Senior point guard Jermaine Beal led four Vanderbilt players in double figures with 17 points, the third consecutive game he has led the team in scoring. Beal is averaging 20.3 points per game in those three contests.

Junior center A.J. Ogilvy added 16 points, freshman guard John Jenkins chipped in 12 points, and sophomore guard Brad Tinsley contributed 11 points in the win over the Bulldogs Wednesday night. In the win over Mississippi State, Vanderbilt held the Bulldogs to 35.3% from the floor and only 26.5% from three, its best defensive performance in SEC play this season.

Beal leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per contest. Ogilvy is averaging 13.9 points per game, while Jeffery Taylor (13.6) and John Jenkins (10.8) also average double figures.

Vanderbilt and Georgia will meet for the 129th time on Saturday, with the Commodores holding an 81-47 advantage in the overall series. However, the Bulldogs lead the series in games played in Athens, 32-28. Head coach Kevin Stallings is 11-9 against Georgia in his coaching career and 3-7 against the Bulldogs in Athens.

In Vanderbilt's last 12 games, the Commodores are 11-1 in those games and are averaging 82.2 points per game is shooting 52.0% in that span. A.J. Ogilvy and Jermaine Beal have led the team in scoring in those games with 14.8 points per contest apiece. The team also has 190 assists against only 165 turnovers, and is knocking down 42.6% of its shots from beyond-the-arc in their last 12 games. Freshman John Jenkins has led the way from three, converting on 57.9% of his three-point attempts (33-for-57).

Georgia enters the game on Saturday with a 9-11 overall record and a 1-6 mark in SEC play. The Bulldogs dropped a 72-68 decision to Arkansas Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum in their last time out.

The Bulldogs have three players that average double figures - Trey Thompkins (17.6), Travis Leslie (14.2), and Ricky McPhee (10.4). Thompkins leads Georgia on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per contest.

 

 

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