Men's Basketball
MBB travels to Missouri Wednesday night

Feb. 18, 2014

The Last Meeting
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Vanderbilt78
January 16, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
Odom, Fuller lead MBB past Mizzou for first SEC win
One game after finishing with a season low five points, senior forward Rod Odom exploded for a career high 24 points, leading the short-handed Vanderbilt men's basketball team past Missouri for its first SEC win of the season.

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The Commodores will hit the road for the first of two games away from Memorial Gym this week to take on Missouri Wednesday night in Columbia, Mo., at Mizzou Arena. The game will tip off at 7 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 improved to 14-10 on the season and 6-6 in SEC play after a 57-54 overtime win over Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym, despite season lows in field goal percentage (30.9), three-point field goal percentage (.115), and threes made (3) in their last time out. The Commodores had two players finish with double-doubles for the second time this season (Damian Jones, James Siakam).  James Siakam led the Commodores with 16 points, 12 of which coming from the charity stripe. Siakam picked up his third career double-double, adding on 10 rebounds. His last double-double came when the `Dores played at A&M earlier this season. Damian Jones finished with his fourth double-double of the season. He led the team with 13 rebounds and added on 10 points.  Kyle Fuller finished with 12 points, his seventh consecutive game in double figures. He also added four rebounds and four assists.   Rod Odom, who extended the game with his two pointer at the buzzer, fouled out for the first time this season. He finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Game 25/Vanderbilt (14-10, 6-6) vs. Misssouri (18-7, 6-6)
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Arena - 7 p.m. CT
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
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TV Talent: Dari Nowkhah (pxp), Jon Sundvold (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 137, XM 201
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  VU leads, 4-3.
Last Meeting:  VU win, 78-75, 1/16/14, in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads, 3-0.
Record at Mizzou:  Mizzou leads, 3-0.
Record at Neutral Site:  VU leads, 1-0.
Coach Stallings vs. Mizzou:  Coach Stallings is 2-2 against Missouri.

About Missouri

  • Missouri enters Wednesday’s game with an 18-7 overall record and a 6-6 mark in SEC play.
  • Jabari Brown averages 20.5 points per game to lead all Missouri players.  Jordan Clarkson (18.7) and Earnest Ross (14.2) also average double figures for the Tigers.
  • This will be the second regular season meeting between the two schools.  Vanderbilt won on January 16 in Nashville, 78-75.
  • Rod Odom scored a then-career high 24 points and Kyle Fuller added a season-high 22 points for Vanderbilt in the first meeting this season. The Commodores made 12 threes as a team in Nashville, a season-best.
  • Wednesday’s meeting will be the eight career meeting between the two teams, with VU owning a 4-3 edge in the series.  All three of Missouri’s wins have come in Columbia.

Odom Leads Commodores
For the season senior forward Rod Odom is averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, has 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 fourth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.420) and second in threes made (3.0).  

Back to Back Columbias
Vanderbilt will visit Columbia for the second consecutive road trip - this time Columbia, Mo.  Last week, the Commodores visited Columbia, S.C.

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 14.6 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 16 games this season and seven games in a row.  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 seven games, Fuller is averaging 15.7 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.1 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 three double-doubles this season (vs. Lipscomb, at Texas A&M, vs. Texas A&M), and leads the team with 1.5 blocks per game.  Vanderbilt is 3-0 in the games in which he has a double-double, and 5-0 when he scores in double figures.

Block Party
The Commodores currently have 121 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 Second Consecutive Double-Double vs. Texas A&M
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had a solid start to his freshman campaign, averaging 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest and has scored in double figures in 16 games this season.  He has four double-doubles on the season, including the last two games against South Carolina and Texas A&M.  He had a career-high 13 rebounds against A&M, and had a career-high seven blocks at S.C. which also tied a school single game record.

Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 677-663 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.  Josephs also contributed down the stretch in the team's win over Texas A&M, drawing an offensive foul late in overtime against the Aggies.

Minutes Galore For Commodore Trio
With the Commodores down to seven scholarship players, a few players have logged some major minutes in SEC play.  Guard Dai-Jon Parker has played the full 40 minutes seven times since league play began, with Rod Odom and Kyle Fuller doing it four times apiece.  The trio is 1, Parker (38.9 mpg), 2, Fuller (38.7), 3, Odom (37.7) in minutes played in SEC play. The three have played 1,383 out of the possible combined 1,455 minutes in 12 league games.  Against Texas A&M on Feb. 15, four VU starters played over 40 minutes - Odom, Jones, Fuller, and Parker.

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 889 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.


 

 

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