Feb. 21, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 2, 2013
Dores put away Tigers, 62-55
AUBURN, Ala. -- Vanderbilt extended its winning streak to three by defeating Auburn 62-55 Saturday night at Auburn Arena.
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The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will hit the road for the second consecutive game this week when the Commodores travel to Auburn to face the Tigers on Saturday evening. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on FSN and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt fell to 14-11 overall and 6-7 in league play after dropping a tough, 67-64, decision at Missouri on Wednesday in Columbia in their last time out. Damian Jones led the Commodores with 19 points, which tied his career high, his 17th game this season scoring in double figures. He also added seven rebounds. James Siakam tallied 13 points, his sixth game in double figures this season, and tied a career-high with four assists, while Rod Odom also scored in double figures with 10 points, his 19th double digit scoring game this season. Odom and Kyle Fuller played the full 40 minutes against Missouri for the fifth time this SEC season. For the season, Odom, Fuller, and Dai-Jon Parker have played the entire 40 minutes 17 times. Jones led the team in rebounding with seven. The Commodores outrebounded Missouri, 35-29, and outscored the Tigers, 11-3, in second-chance points. Junior forward Shelby Moats came off of the bench and scored a season-high eight points, while Fuller dished out nine assists.
Game 26/Vanderbilt (14-11, 6-7) vs. Auburn (12-12, 4-9)
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn Arena - 5 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Dave Neal (pxp), Larry Conley (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: VU leads, 84-51.
Last Meeting: VU win, 62-55, 3/2/14, in Auburn.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 48-16.
Record at Auburn: VU leads, 33-29.
Record at Neutral Site: Auburn leads, 6-3.
Coach Stallings vs. Auburn: Coach Stallings is 13-5 against Auburn.
- Auburn enters Saturday's game with a 12-12 overall record and a 4-9 mark in league play. The Tigers are 11-4 in home games this year, and 3-3 in home games in SEC competition.
- Chris Denson leads the team in scoring with 20.6 points per game, with KT Harrell adds 19.0 ppg. Denson leads the league in scoring, with Harrell sixth.
- This will be the 126th meeting between the two teams. Vanderbilt has won nine consecutive games in the series, dating back to the 2006-07 season.
Odom Leads Commodores
Rod Odom won the SEC Player of the Week for his performances against Tennessee and Arkansas, averaging 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the two games. For the season Odom is averaging 14.5 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 (.410) and second in threes made (2.9).
Kyle Fuller Has Scored In Double Digits in Six of Seven Games
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 11.8 points per game in all games and 13.9 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.5) and leads the league in SEC games only (5.2). Fuller has scored in double-figures in 16 games this season, and has had 11 games with five or more assists. 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 five games, Fuller is averaging 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per contest.
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.
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 5-1 when he scores in double figures. In his last two games, he has averaged 14.5 points per game.
The Commodores currently have 123 blocks as a team this year, which already places them sixth 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 Ties A Career High at Missouri
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had an outstanding start to his freshman campaign, averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest and has scored in double figures in 17 games this season. He has four double-doubles on the season, including 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. At Missouri, he tied a career-high with 19 points.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 677-664 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 VU 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 five times apiece. The trio is 1, Parker (39.0 mpg), 2, Fuller (38.8), 3, Odom (37.8) in minutes played in SEC play. The three have played 1,503 out of the possible combined 1,575 minutes in 13 league games. Only one other player has played the full 40 minutes in league play this year (Trevor Releford, vs. LSU).
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 890 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.