LSU awaits VU on Wednesday

Feb. 5, 2013

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The Last Meeting
February 8, 2012
Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt holds off pesky LSU
NASHVILLE - Festus Ezeli matched a season-high with 21 points, John Jenkins scored 20 and Jeffery Taylor added 19 to lead Vanderbilt past LSU, 76-61, Wednesday night at Memorial Gym.

The Commodores hit the road for their fifth SEC road game of the season this Wednesday when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.  The game will be televised on ESPN3, and the action can also be heard around the middle Tennessee area on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at

Game 21/VANDERBILT (8-12, 2-6) vs. LSU (12-7. 3-5)
Baton Rouge, La. - Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College,
Radio Talent:  Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio:  XM 200
TV Talent:   Mike Gleason (pxp), Nathan Ross (analyst)
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Vanderbilt leads all-time series, 60-47
Last Meeting:  Vanderbilt defeated LSU, 76-61, on 2/8/12 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads 37-14.
Record at LSU:  LSU leads 28-19.
Record at Neutral Site:  Tied at five.
Coach Stallings vs. LSU:  Coach Stallings is 11-6 against LSU.

About LSU and the Series

  • LSU enters the game with a 12-7 overall record and a 3-5 mark in SEC competition.  The Tigers have won three out of their last four games and two consecutive games.
  • Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey leads the Tigers in scoring at 12.4 points per game.  Shavon Coleman (11.9), Johnny O’Bryant III (11.9), and Andre Stringer (11.1) also average double figures.
  • Wednesday’s meeting will be the 128th in the overall series, with the Commodores holding a 60-47 advantage.  LSU leads the all-time series, 28-19, in Baton Rouge.
  • Coach Stallings is 11-6 all-time against the Tigers, and has a record of 4-2 against LSU in games played at the PMAC.
  • VU sophomore Dai-Jon Parker is returning to his hometown on Wednesday night.

'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 852 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 five 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 - 9th (14.9)
FG% - 6th (.435)
Min. Played - 4th (32.7)

In SEC games only, he ranks 7th in assists (3.9) and 10th in FT% (.786).

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.

Last Road Trip Until February 20

Wednesday night will be Vanderbilt's last game on the road until a trip to Lexington on February 20.  The Commodores will play three consecutive games at Memorial Gym beginning February 9th against Arkansas.

Freshman Success

Freshmen Kevin Bright and Sheldon Jeter have had an impact on this year’s Commodore team, especially in league play.  In SEC games only, the two have combined to shoot 44.3% from the floor, with Jeter also leading the team in rebounding in league games only at 4.6 rebounds per game, with Bright second at 4.3.  Jeter is averaging 7.3 points in league games, while Bright is adding 6.5 points per game.



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