Men's Basketball
MBB hosts Texas A&M Saturday

Feb. 14, 2014

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After encountering another winter storm that kept the Commodores in Columbia, S.C., an extra day, Vanderbilt will look to bounce back on short rest against in their next game versus Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at 12:47 p.m. at Memorial Gym.  The game will tip off at 12:47 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 dropped to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in SEC play after South Carolina defeated the Commodores, 65-59, on Thursday night in Columbia in their last time out.  Kyle Fuller led the team with 20 points on the night, his fourth 20+-point game of the season and his second consecutive 20-point effort. Fuller was 8-21 from the field - his 21 attempts set a new career high.  Damian Jones posted his third career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while also adding a career-high seven blocks.  Jones became the first Commodore to block seven shots since Festus Ezeli against Georgia on Feb. 16, 2011.  Jones also played a career-high 39 minutes. Rod Odom added 10 points, his 18th double-figure scoring game of the season and 37th of his career.  South Carolina outrebounded the Commodores, 45-31, including 26-12 on the offensive glass.  South Carolina outscored the Commodores, 23-9, in second-chance points.   

Game 24/Vanderbilt (13-10, 5-6) vs. Texas A&M (14-10, 5-6)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 12:47 p.m. CT
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: SEC TV SEC Affiliates Get Acrobat Reader
TV Talent: Dave Baker (pxp), Daymeon Fishback (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Vanderbilt leads, 3-0.
Last Meeting:  VU win, 66-55, on 1/25/14 in College Station.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads, 2-0.
Record at TAMU:  VU leads, 1-0.
Record at Neutral Site:  NA
Coach Stallings vs. TAMU:  Coach Stallings is 2-0 vs. Texas A&M.

About Texas A&M

  • Texas A&M enters Saturday’s game with a 14-10 overall record and a 5-6 mark in league play.
  • Jamal Jones leads the Aggies in scoring with 12.3 points per game and is the team’s only player averaging double figures.  Kourtney Roberson leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 per game.
  • The Commodores won an earlier meeting between the two schools, 66-55, on January 25 in Vanderbilt’s first game ever at College Station.  Forward James Siakam led the way with his second career double-double, a career-high 22-point, 10 rebound performance.  Kyle Fuller also added 19 points in the win.
  • Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 3-0.  Saturday’s meeting will be the third meeting at Memorial Gym between the two teams.

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 (.437) and threes made (3.0).  

Kyle Fuller Has Scored In Double Digits in Six Straight Games
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 12.1 points per game in all games and 14.8 points per game in league play.  Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.3) and leads the league in SEC games only (4.9).  Fuller has scored in double-figures in 15 games this season and six games in a row, including back-to-back 20-point efforts in his last two 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.  In his last six games, Fuller is averaging 16.3 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Magnificent Seven
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, five are ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in one category or another.

Assist Numbers
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 2.0 per contest.

Block Party
The Commodores currently have 117 blocks as a team this year, which already places them eighth on the all-time list for team blocks in a season.  The record is 171, which came in the 2009-10 season.  James Siakam (1.5) and Damian Jones (1.4) lead Vanderbilt this season in blocks.

Jones Posts Third Double-Double at South Carolina, Ties School Record For Blocks In A Game
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had a solid start to his freshman campaign, averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest and has scored in double figures in 15 games this season.  He has three double-doubles on the season, with his last coming at South Carolina with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career high seven blocks, which also tied a school single game record.  He is averaging 12.3 ppg in SEC games.

Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 676-663 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.

Roster Addition
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.

Three-Point Streak Still In Tact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 888 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.

The Last Meeting
Vanderbilt66
Texas A&M55
January 25, 2014
College Station, Texas
Siakam's double-double leads VU past Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - James Siakam scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to push Vanderbilt past Texas A&M, 66-55, Saturday at Reed Arena.


 

 

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