Feb. 15, 2013
Vanderbilt will close out a three game home stand this Saturday when they welcome Texas A&M to Memorial Gym for the first time since 1955 and as a fellow SEC member. The game will tip at 5:30 p.m., and televised regionally on FSN, 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 Saturday's game, and can be obtained by calling 615-322-GOLD, or logging on to vucommodores.com.
Game 24/VANDERBILT (9-14, 3-8) vs. TEXAS A&M (15-9, 5-6)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 5:37 p.m.
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 200
TV Talent: Dave Neal (pxp), Larry Conley (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt defeated A&M, 79-69, on Dec. 3, 1955, at Memorial Gym.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 1-0.
Record at A&M: NA
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Stallings vs. A&M: Coach Stallings has never faced Texas A&M.
About Texas A&M and the Series
- The Aggies enter Saturday's contest with a 15-9 overall record, 5-6 in league play. Elston Turner leads Texas A&M with 16.5 points per contest, while Fabyon Harris also averages double figures (11.6 ppg).
- This will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of the SEC, and only the second all-time. Vanderbilt defeated A&M, 79-69, on Dec. 3, 1955, at Memorial Gym.
- Coach Stallings has never faced Texas A&M as a head coach.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 855 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 dropped a 58-46 decision to Tennessee on Wednesday night at Memorial Gym in their last time out. Kedren Johnson led all Vanderbilt players with 11 points, and freshman guard Kevin Bright was one rebound shy of his career high with 11.
Close Losses in League Play
Of the eight league losses this season, one has gone to overtime (Ole Miss), one was by four points (Alabama, led by 11 with seven minutes to go), one was by two points (Kentucky), and a pair of games by one point (at Tennessee, at LSU).
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 six games.
Odom Beginning to Come On
Junior forward Rod Odom scored a career-high 20 points and had three made threes in the Commodores' one-point loss at LSU on February 6, and followed up that performance with a 15-point outing in the win over Arkansas on February 9. He is averaging 13.7 points per game in his last three contests.
NBA Players Return Home
Former Commodores Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins, and Jeffery Taylor will be in the house on Saturday afternoon for the contest against the Aggies. Ezeli currently plays for Golden State, Jenkins with Atlanta, and Jeffery with Charlotte.
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 41.5% from the floor, with Bright also leading the team in rebounding in league games only at 4.9 rebounds per game. Jeter is averaging 7.4 points in league games, while Bright is adding 6.5 points per game.
The Commodores are only surrendering 60.5 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt's best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).