Vanderbilt basketball returns home for four of their next five games and begins the stretch when the Commodores take on Mississippi State Wednesday night at Memorial Gym. The game begins at 6 p.m. CT airing live on the SEC Network, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online on vucommodores.com.
The Commodores fell to 9-16 overall and 3-9 in league play after a 72-54 setback at Arkansas Saturday night at Bud Walton Arena. Five Commodores, Jeff Roberson, Saben Lee, Maxwell Evans, Riley LaChance and Larry Austin, Jr., each scored eight points to lead Vanderbilt. Evans also added a career-high nine rebounds. Vanderbilt only converted on 25.0% of their shots from the field and made a season-low three three’s against the Razorbacks.
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News and Notes
- Roberson has averaged 18.2 ppg since Jan. 9; set new career highs in points (30) and FG made (10) vs. Auburn. LaChance has averaged 18.3 points per game in Vanderbilt’s last seven games.
- Four of the next five games for the Commodores will be at Memorial Gym. Vanderbilt has won their last three games at home (LSU, TCU, Georgia). In Vanderbilt’s five home league games, the Commodores are averaging 77.0 points per game, converting on 47.5% of their shots from the floor and 37.8% from three.
- Vanderbilt’s 15-point margin of victory over Georgia on February 7 was its largest in SEC play this season and largest since a 92-51 win over Alcorn State on December 22.
- The Commodores had a streak of 35 made free throws against Arkansas snapped. Vanderbilt finished the Auburn game 4-4, was 16-16 from the charity stripe against Georgia and made their first 14 at Arkansas.
- Freshman Saben Lee now has 32 steals for the season, three more than Roberson’s team-best total for the season in 2016-17 (29).
- LaChance moved up into a tie for 20th on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list (1,345 points) against Arkansas, while Roberson is 30th on the list with 1,230 points.
- Roberson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. Roberson is third in the SEC in double doubles, eighth in SEC in all games in scoring (16.0), sixth in rebounding (7.0), third in free throw percentage (.872) and fourth in defensive rebounding (5.2). In league games, he ranks sixth in scoring (17.2), fifth in FG% (.489) and 10th in defensive rebounding (5.1). Roberson is ninth on Vanderbilt’s all-time total rebounding list with 703, five shy of Will Perdue (1983-88), who is eighth with 708 career rebounds.
- LaChance is eighth in all games in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (.403), 10th in 3FG made (2.2) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), and in league games only, he is fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), ninth in assists (3.4), seventh in 3FG% (.358), and sixth in 3FG made (2.1).
- Roberson, LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis are all members of Vanderbilt’s 1,000-point club. There has been only one other class of Vanderbilt players to have three 1,000-point scorers - the vaunted “F Troop” - Butch Feher, Joe Ford and Jeff Fosnes in 1976.
- LaChance, Roberson and Fisher-Davis are second, third and fourth, respectively, among current players in SEC in career scoring. Georgia’s Yante Maten is the conference’s current career leader.
- LaChance, who has 395 career assists, is now eighth on Vanderbilt’s all-time assist list after surpassing Drew Maddux against Georgia (394 career assists). Jermaine Beal is seventh on the list with 421 assists.
- The Commodores have used 11 different starting lineups this season.
- The Commodores have already played nine games this season against a ranked opponent - USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), Seton Hall (#20/#20), Arizona State (#5/#6), Tennessee (#24/#23; #22/#21), Kentucky (#21/#20; #21/#22) and Auburn (#11/#13) - the most in the SEC. The four ranked non-conference opponents is the most by a Commodore team since 1988, when Vanderbilt also played four (11/22 - # 2 Michigan, L, 66-91; 11/27 - #16 Ohio State, L, 82-97; 11/30 - #13 Louisville, W, 65-62; 12/7 - #8 North Carolina, L, 77-89).
- KenPom.com had Vanderbilt with the number one strength of schedule as of February 12. VU also had the strongest schedule in the nation in 2016-17.
Vanderbilt (9-16, 3-9) vs. Mississippi State (18-7, 6-6)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 6 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
TV Talent: Roy Philpott (pxp), Brooke Weisbrod (analyst)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 138, XM 190
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: VU leads, 78-49
Last Meeting: MSU win, 80-62, on 1/16/18 in Starkville
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 46-9
Record at Miss. St.: MSU leads 34-24
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads 8-6
Coach Drew vs. Miss. State: Coach Drew is 1-1 vs. Miss. State
More on Mississippi State
- Mississippi State enters the game Tuesday with an 18-7 overall record and a 6-6 mark in SEC play.
- Quinndary Weatherspoon leads the Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. Aric Holman (11.4) and Nick Weatherspoon (11.3) also average double digits.
- The Bulldogs won an earlier meeting this season in Starkville on January 16, 80-62.
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series in games played at Vanderbilt, 46-9.
A Commodore Win Would…
- Be Vanderbilt’s 10th win of the season at Memorial Gym.
- Give the Commodores their 79th win all-time against Mississippi State and their 47th at home against the Bulldogs.
- Be Vanderbillt’s fourth consecutive win at home.
Jeff Roberson: Mr Double-Double
Jeff Roberson has seven double doubles on the season, the most in a season by a Commodore since Damian Jones had seven in the 2015-16 season. Seven is the most by a Commodore since Will Perdue had 10 in his junior season (1986-87) and 16 in his senior season (1987-88).
SEC Strength of Schedule
Here’s a look at KenPom’s strength of schedule among league teams (2/12).
1. Vanderbilt, 1
2. Tennessee, 3
3. Texas A&M, 8
4. Kentucky, 8
5. Alabama, 13
6. Florida, 14
7. Ole Miss, 17
8. Georgia, 18
9. Missouri, 19
10. South Carolina, 22
11. Arkansas, 31
12. LSU, 41
13. Auburn, 56
14. Mississippi State, 93
Vanderbilt in 85th SEC Season
Vanderbilt is in its 85th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. All-time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 712-702.
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 1,024 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank third only to UNLV and Kentucky 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.