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Feb. 15, 2017

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The Last Meeting
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January 31, 2017
College Station, Texas
Dores defeat Texas A&M, 68-54
The Commodores led wire-to-wire in College Station, Texas, on Tuesday night and came away from Reed Arena with a 68-54 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies. Vanderbilt moved to 11-11 on the season and 4-5 in the SEC with the win.

After a two game road swing last week, the Commodores are back at home for two games this week and three of their next four when they take on Texas A&M on Thursday night.  The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2, with the action also being heard across the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.

Vanderbilt dropped to 12-13 on the season and 5-7 in SEC play after a 72-52 loss at Missouri in their last time out on Saturday.  Senior center Luke Kornet led the team with 11 points.  The Commodores converted on only 33.3% of its shots from the field and 21.4% from three.  Missouri also outrebounded Vanderbilt, 43-25, including a 16-6 mark on the offensive glass.

Vanderbilt (12-13, 5-7 SEC) vs. Texas A&M (13-11, 5-7 SEC)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 6 p.m. CT
TV Talent: Sean Farnham, Seth Greenberg
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 145, Sirius 190
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Kornet eclipses 1,000
Kornet became the 45th Commodore player to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against Missouri. 

Another 1,000 Milestone
Thursday will be the 1,000th Vanderbilt game of record played in Memorial Gym.  The SEC's oldest facility opened in the 1952-53 season.

Anchor Points

  • Vanderbilt leads the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (38.3%), threes made (10.0) and free throw percentage (77.5%) in all games. In league games only, the Commodores are first in free throw percentage (75.2%) and threes made (10.3).  As of February 14th, the Commodores rank 9th nationally in free-throw percentage and are 12th in 3's made per game.
  • As of February 14, the Commodores have the sixth toughest overall schedule and toughest non-conference schedule in the nation according to the NCAA RPI, and the number one non-conference strength of schedule.
  • This will be the ninth meeting between the two schools, and the second this season.  The Commodores won, 68-54, on January 31 in College Station.  Vanderbilt has a 4-0 record against the Aggies all-time in games played at Vanderbilt.
  • Vanderbilt sports two starters from the state of Texas - senior center Luke Kornet (Lantana) and junior forward Jeff Roberson (Houston).  Clevon Brown, from San Antonio, comes off of the bench for the Commodores, and redshirt freshman center Djery Baptiste, attended high school in Texas (Prestonwood in Plano, Texas).
  • Forward Jeff Roberson has now scored in double figures in five of six games, and ranks fifth in the SEC in rebounding (7.5) in all games and fifth (7.2) in league games only, and is second in the league in defensive rebounding (5.6) in all games and fourth in league games only (5.4).
  • In 12 SEC games, the Commodores have three players who are in the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage, with junior Riley LaChance leading the way for Vanderbilt at 43.1%, which ranks fourth.  Kornet is seventh in the conference at 39.4% in league games only, while Matthew Fisher-Davis is 10th at 35.1% in league games only.  Fisher-Davis is second in league games only in 3's made (2.5), Kornet sixth (2.2), and LaChance ninth (2.1).
  • Making three's is not a new thing for this year's Commodore team.  Combined in their career, current players have made 798 career threes.
  • Riley LaChance is shooting 49% from three this season and is one three shy of the minimum two threes per game to be ranked in the SEC. He is fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), seventh in the league in assists (4.1), and ninth in three's made (2.0) in all games. 
  • Fisher-Davis is 10th in the SEC in scoring in all games and is second in the league in three's made (2.7) and fourth in 3FG% (.392) in all games.
  • Sophomore Joe Toye made his second start of his career at Arkansas and made the most of it.  He scored 11 points, had five rebounds and four assists in a career-high 37 minutes against the Razorbacks.  Toye has three career starts.
  • Cressler's 20 points against Iowa State marked a career-best for him in a Commodores uniform. His previous season-best was 11 points on two different occasions, and his previous best as a Commodore was 14 points, which occurred three times in 2015-16.

Series Information
Series Record:  Vanderbilt leads, 6-2.
Last Meeting:  VU win, 68-54, on 1/31/17 in College Station.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads, 4-0.
Record at TAMU:  Tied at 2.
Record at Neutral Site:  NA
Coach Drew vs. TAMU:  Coach Drew is 1-0 against Texas A&M.

About Texas A&M

  • Texas A&M enters the game Thursday with a 13-11 overall record and a 5-7 mark in the SEC.
  • Center Tyler Davis leads the Aggies in scoring with 13.8 points per game.  DJ Hogg (13.1), Admon Gilder (13.6), DJ Hogg (12.0), and Robert Williams (11.6) also average double figures.
  • The Commodores own a 6-2 series advantage against the Aggies.  Vanderbilt leads the series, 4-0, in games played at Vanderbilt.
  • The Commodores won an earlier meeting with the Aggies, 68-54, on January 31 in College Station.

Dores Have Nation's Toughest Non-Conference Schedule

The Commodores have the sixth-toughest overall schedule and the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation according to the NCAA RPI and Jerry Palm. 

VU Staff Can Score
The Vanderbilt men's basketball staff has combined to score a total of 5,486 collegiate points, with head coach Bryce Drew leading the way with 2,142 points.  Here's a breakdown of the staff's scoring totals.
Head Coach Bryce Drew, Valparaiso=2,142
Asst. Coach Casey Shaw, Toledo=1,562
Assoc. Head Coach Roger Powell, Jr., Illinois=1,178
Asst. Coach Jake Diebler, Valparaiso=586

Kornet Moving Up Blocks List
Senior Luke Kornet is now second on the Vanderbilt all-time block list with 184 career blocks and only trails Festus Ezeli on the list.  Ezeli, who currently is on the Portland Trail Blazers roster, is the all-time blocks leader with 204 career blocks.  Kornet is also third on the blocks per game list with 1.55 in his career.  Kornet trails Ezeli and Damian Jones, who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors, on the list (each at 1.69 per game).

Kornet NCAA leader in 3's made by a seven-footer
Kornet is now the NCAA career three-pointers made leader with 137, surpassing Vanderbilt's own David Przybyszewski, who has 131 career threes.  Only two other seven footers have more than 100 - Derek Silvig of Montana (106) and Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin (103).

Dores Drain Threes
Vanderbilt made 19 threes against High Point on December 6, which set a new school record for threes in a game, surpassing an 18-three performance at Tennessee on January 8, 2005.

The Commodores also set a new record for most 3-pointers made at Memorial Gym, passing the old mark of 16 that was set on Jan. 8, 1994 vs. South Carolina and then matched on Feb. 11, 1995 vs. Arkansas. The Commodores hit 12 of their 19 3-pointers in the first half.

VU Makes Gamewinner
The Commodores made their first game-winning basket in almost four years against Chattanooga on December 17, when Luke Kornet made a three with 2.9 seconds remaining to give VU the 76-74 win over the Mocs.

The game-winner was the first since Kevin Bright made a 15-footer from the baseline on February 27, 2013, to defeat Georgia, 63-62, at Memorial Gym.

Neutral Site Dores
Vanderbilt has played in four neutral site games already this season - against Minnesota in Sioux Falls, S.D., the season opener vs. Marquette (Veterans Classic, Annapolis, Md.) and the two games at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (Butler, Santa Clara).

700th SEC Win
Vanderbilt is in its 84th SEC season and is a charter member of the league.  All time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 702-691.

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 989 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.

NBA Commodores
Vanderbilt was one of only three schools (Kentucky, Washington) with two first-round selections in the 2016 NBA Draft when Wade Baldwin IV was drafted 17th by the Memphis Grizzlies and Damian Jones was selected 30th by the Golden State Warriors.  Baldwin IV and Jones became the sixth and seventh first-round picks, respectively, in the history of the program, joining Will Perdue in 1988 (11th, Chicago), Jeff Turner in 1984 (7th, New Jersey), Clyde Lee in 1966 (3rd, San Francisco), and John Jenkins (23rd, Atlanta), and Festus Ezeli (30th, Golden State) in 2012.

Cressler goes for 20
Senior Nolan Cressler scored a season-high 20 points in a win against Iowa State on January 28, his most as a Commodore in two seasons of action after transferring from Cornell.  Cressler's previous high was 14 points, which occurred three times in the 2015-16 season. 

Fisher-Davis in Top 10 for 3's
Matthew Fisher-Davis now has 213 threes in his Vanderbilt career and is in ninth place in career threes made on the Commodores' all-time list.

Commodores make 16 3's vs LSU
Vanderbilt made 16 of 32 threes in route to a 96-89 win over LSU on December 29, the Commodores third game this season making 15 or more threes.

On December 29, the two teams combined to make 33 three pointers, which set a new SEC record for combined threes in a game.



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