Feb. 12, 2013
Vanderbilt and instate rival Tennessee renew their acquaintances this Wednesday night at Memorial Gym in the second of two games this season between the two teams. Vanderbilt fans are encouraged to wear white to the game for its annual "White Out" game, and the first 1,000 fans to enter the gates will receive a free t-shirt. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The game will tip at 7 p.m., and televised regionally on the SEC Network, with the game also being heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Tickets are available for Wednesday's game, and can be obtained by calling 615-322-GOLD, or logging on to vucommodores.com.
Game 23/VANDERBILT (9-13, 3-7) vs. TENNESSEE (12-10, 4-6)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 7 p.m.
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 201
TV: SEC Network SEC Network Affiliates
TV Talent: Clay Matvick (pxp), Barry Booker (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Tennessee leads the all-time series, 112-70.
Last Meeting: Tennessee defeated VU, 58-57, on 1/29/13
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 52-37.
Record at UT: UT leads 69-17.
Record at Neutral Site: UT leads 6-1.
Coach Stallings vs. UT: Coach Stallings is 12-16 against Tennessee.
About Tennessee and the Series
- The Volunteers enter Wednesday's game with a 12-10 overall record and a 4-6 mark in SEC play after a 66-61 win over South Carolina Sunday in Columbia.
- Tennessee is led by Jordan McRae who averages 13.7 points per game. Jarnell Stokes (12.4) and Trae Golden (10.3) also average double figures. Stokes also averages 8.5 rebounds per game, which is fourth in the SEC.
- Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt, 58-57, in the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 29. The Commodores had two chances at the buzzer to win the game in Knoxville but both came up short.
- Coach Stallings is 12-16 all-time against Tennessee and 7-6 in games played against the Volunteers at Memorial Gym.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 854 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.
Last Time Out
The Commodores ended a four-game losing streak and avenged an earlier loss to Arkansas with a 67-49 win over the Razorbacks on Saturday at Memorial Gym. Junior forward Rod Odom led three Vanderbilt players in double figures with 15 points, and helped lead the Commodores to a 50.0% shooting percentage.
Close Losses in League Play
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.
Variety of Success
The Commodores have been led in scoring by five different players this season, in rebounding by eight nine players, and six different leaders in assists. Of the 10 players who have played in SEC games, nine have received a start, and the Commodores have used five starting lineups in the last five games.
Odom Stellar In Last Two Games
Junior forward Rod Odom scored a career-high 20 points and had three made threes in the Commodores' one-point loss at LSU on Wednesday, and followed up that performance with a 15-point outing in the win over Arkansas. He is averaging 17.5 points per game, and is shooting 47.4% from the floor and 55.6% from three in the two games.
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 41.7% from the floor, with Jeter also leading the team in rebounding in league games only at 4.7 rebounds per game. Jeter is averaging 7.7 points in league games, while Bright is adding 6.8 points per game.
The Commodores are only surrendering 60.6 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt's best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).