Miss. St. awaits MBB on Saturday
Feb. 22, 2013
The Commodores continue their road swing this weekend when they travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon. The game will tip at 12:47 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 74-70 loss at Kentucky on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Four Vanderbilt players scored in double figures against the Wildcats, with sophomore guard Kedren Johnson leading the way with 17 points and seven assists. Junior Rod Odom added 16 points and made four three pointers, which tied a career high. Odom has connected on eight threes in his last two games.
Game 26/VANDERBILT (10-15, 4-9) vs. MISS. STATE (7-18, 2-11)
About Mississippi State and the Series
Notes From Last Time Out Against Kentucky
Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 857 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 Meeting Vs. Miss. State
The Commodores got 21 points from John Jenkins and 19 points from Jeffery Taylor, but it was not enough as Mississippi State escaped from Memorial Gym with a 78-77 overtime win over Vanderbilt Saturday. Lance Goulbourne added 12 points and Festus Ezeli chipped in his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Close Losses in League Play
Of the nine league losses this season, one has gone to overtime (Ole Miss), two were by four points (Alabama, led by 11 with seven minutes to go, at Kentucky), one was by two points (Kentucky at home), and a pair of games by one point (at Tennessee, at LSU).
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 Kentucky, he scored 16 points and tied a career-high with four threes. In his last five games, he is averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while making 13-of-28 threes over that time span (46.4%). He has made eight threes in his last two games (8-15, 53.3%).
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 53.9 ppg and is shooting only 37.6% from the floor and 31.7% from three. The Commodores also have a -5.0 rebounding margin in the losses.
The Commodores are only surrendering 62.2 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt’s best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).
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