MBB travels to Kentucky
Feb. 19, 2013
Vanderbilt heads to the Bluegrass State this Wednesday evening for their second match up of the season with longtime rival Kentucky at Rupp Arena. The game will tip at 7 p.m. CT, and televised regionally on the SEC Network, with the game also being heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores are coming off of a 63-56 home victory over Texas A&M, and are looking to avenge a close, two-point loss to the Wildcats in the SEC opener earlier this season at Memorial Gym. Kentucky came away with a 60-58 victory in that contest on January 10.
Game 25/VANDERBILT (10-14, 4-8) vs. KENTUCKY (17-8, 8-4)
About Kentucky and the Series
Notes From Last Meeting
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 856 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
Vanderbilt claimed a 63-56 win over Texas A&M to win its second game of a three-game home stand on Saturday at Memorial Gym. Junior forward Rod Odom led a trio of Vanderbilt players with 19 points, with sophomore guard Dai-Jon Parker adding a career high 17 points on a career-best five made three’s, and sophomore center Josh Henderson contributing 11 points.
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 six starting lineups in the last seven 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. Recently against Texas A&M, he scored 19 points, tied a career-high with four threes, and set a new career best with four assists. He is averaging 15.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in the last four games.
In the Commodores’ 10 wins this season, Vanderbilt is averaging 68.1 ppg, is shooting 47.3% from the floor and 41.4% from three, while making 9.2 threes per contest. Vanderbilt also has a +3.0 rebounding margin in the wins. In losses, VU is averaging 52.7 ppg and is shooting only 37.1% from the floor and 30.7% from three. The Commodores also have a -4.9 rebounding margin in the losses.
The Commodores are only surrendering 60.3 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt’s best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).
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