Feb. 7, 2014
The Commodores, in the midst of a four-game win streak, will look for its fifth straight win this Saturday when they host Arkansas to close out a three-game home stand. The game will tip off at 3 p.m. CT, with the game airing live online on SEC TV and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt won their fourth consecutive game Wednesday in a 64-60 dramatic victory over Tennessee at Memorial Gym. The Commodores have won four consecutive games, their longest win streak of the season and the longest since 2012, when Vanderbilt won four-straight in the 2012 postseason (SEC Championship, 3 gms; NCAA, 1 gm). VU strung together win-streaks of four or more three times that season, with a high of eight games. The Commodores shot 52.2% from the floor, their best shooting game in SEC play and their best percentage since shooting 53.2% against Lipscomb on November 15. Rod Odom scored a career high 26 points on 8-of-12 from the floor, 4-of-7 from outside and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. The senior eclipsed 20 points for the sixth time this season, and eighth for his career. Kyle Fuller recorded his second career double-double, on 12 points and 10 assists. His 10 assists match his career best mark set against Kentucky, earlier this year. Fuller has scored in double-figures in each game during the win streak.
Tickets are available for Saturday's night game by calling 322-GOLD, logging on to vucommodores.com, or visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office.
Game 22/Vanderbilt (13-8, 5-4) vs. Arkansas (14-8, 3-6)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 3 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: SEC TV SEC Network Affiliates
TV Talent: Dave Baker (pxp), Barry Booker (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 201
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Arkansas leads, 18-11.
Last Meeting: VU win, 75-72, on 3/14/13 in SEC Tournament 2nd Round.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 8-5.
Record at Arkansas: Ark. leads, 10-2.
Record at Neutral Site: Ark. leads, 3-1.
Coach Stallings vs. Arkansas: Coach Stallings is 6-12 vs. Arkansas.
- Arkansas enters Saturday's game with a 14-8 overall record and a 3-6 mark in SEC play.
- The Razorbacks are led by Bobby Portis, who averages 13.3 points per game. He scored a career-high 35 points in Arkansas' win over Alabama on Wednesday night.
- Arkansas owns an 18-11 advantage in the overall series, although the Commodores have won the last two meetings (2/9/13 - 67-49 in Nashville; 3/14/13 - 75-72 at SEC Tournament in Nashville). The Razorbacks won an earlier meeting in Fayetteville on January 12, 2013 that season, 56-33.
- Last season, the teams met three times for the first time in the history of the series, which began with a game in the 1963-64 campaign.
- Vanderbilt owns an 8-5 advantage in games played at Memorial Gym.
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 seven times since league play began, with Rod Odom and Kyle Fuller doing it four times apiece. The trio is 1, Parker (39.6 mpg)-2, Fuller (38.7)-3, Odom (37.2) 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 200 consecutive minutes.
Vanderbilt has 15 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 27.9% 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 and playing like an All-SEC player, averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.1% from three. Odom is second in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.441) and in 3's made (3.0/game), and has scored in double figures in 16 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on 12 occasions in 2013-14, and scored 20 or more points six times this year. He also had a career-best 26 points vs. Tennessee in the Commodores' win over the Vols in Nashville on February 5.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 676-661 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
The Commodores have seven scholarship players and 10 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, four 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 13.7 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.4) and second in league games only (5.1). Fuller has scored in double-figures in 13 games this season, with VU 10-3 in those games. He has two double-doubles, with the first coming against Tennessee with 12 points and 10 assists, and added his first career double-double with a 17-point, 10-assist game vs. Kentucky.
Kyle Fuller now has 10+ assists in two games this season (Kentucky, Tennessee), and in both cases, he has had double-doubles in those games. Since 2000-01, Vanderbilt has had only six games with a player with 10 or more assists in a game. Brad Tinsley has two games, Mario Moore one, and Alex Gordon one.
Season Low Turnovers vs. Tennessee
The Commodores had a season-low six turnovers against Tennessee on Wednesday, with forward Rod Odom being especially good taking care of the basketball as of late. In 158 minutes played during the four-game win streak, the senior has only turned the ball over three times. In his past two games (78 minutes played) Odom has yet to commit a turnover.
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.
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.
Three-Point Streak Still In Tact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 886 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.