Feb. 11, 2014
Vanderbilt returns to the road for the first time in two weeks, when the Commodores travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on SEC TV and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt had a four-game win streak snapped by Arkansas Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym, 77-75, in their last time out. The Commodores took a one-point lead on two Kyle Fuller free throws with 11 seconds remaining, but the Razorbacks’ Michael Qualls hit a three with two seconds remaining to give Arkansas the win. The ‘Dores shot 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from the floor and 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from outside, but allowed the Razorbacks to shoot 54% from the field and 62.5% from three, both season bests by an opponent. The Commodores’ bench was outscored 40-2 by the Razorbacks. Rod Odom led the Commodores with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 3-of-7 from outside the arc. This is the third time this season Odom has had back-to-back 20 point games. Kyle Fuller finished with 20 points and five assists. He converted on 8-of-13 from the free throw line. Damian Jones was 4-of-6 from the field, finishing with 12 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks.
Game 23/Vanderbilt (13-9, 5-5) vs. South Carolina (8-15, 1-9)
Columbia, S.C. - Colonial Life Arena - 7 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: SEC TV SEC TV Affiliates
TV Talent: Mike Morgan (pxp), Kyle Macy (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 157, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: VU leads, 28-24.
Last Meeting: VU win, 74-64, on 3/9/13 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 15-10.
Record at SC: Tied at 12.
Record at Neutral Site: SC leads, 2-1.
Coach Stallings vs. SC: Coach Stallings is 15-13 vs. South Carolina.
About South Carolina
- South Caroina enters Wednesday night’s game with an 8-15 overall record and a 1-9 mark in SEC play.
- The Gamecocks are led by Brenton Williams, who averages 13.8 points per game. Sindari Thornwell (13.3) and Tyrone Johnson (11.2) also average double figures.
- Vanderbilt owns a 28-24 advantage in the series and have won the last five games in the series. In Columbia, the series is tied at 12, with the Commodores having won the last three games at Colonial Life Arena.
Odom Wins SEC Player of the Week
Rod Odom won the SEC Player of the Week for his performances against Tennessee and Arkansas last week, averaging 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the two games. For the season Odom is averaging 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories. He has also made three or more threes in a game on 13 occasions in 2013-14, and scored 20 or more points seven times this year. Odom is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.441) and threes made (3.0).
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 (38.8 mpg)-2, Fuller (38.3)-3, Odom (37.2) in minutes played in SEC play.
Kyle Fuller Has Scored In Double Digits in Five Straight Games
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 11.7 points per game in all games and 14.3 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.4) and leads the league in SEC games only (5.1). Fuller has scored in double-figures in 14 games this season and five games in a row, including a 20-point game against Arkansas. 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. In his last five games, Fuller is averaging 15.6 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.
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.
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.
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. Siakam is also second in the SEC in league games only in blocks with 2.1 per contest.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 676-662 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
Josephs Plays Career High Minutes
Sophomore walk-on point guard Carter Josephs played a career-high 17 minutes against Arkansas and tallied one steal and one assist in his time on the floor.
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 a few weeks ago 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 887 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.