Men's Basketball
#1 Florida comes to Memorial Tuesday

Feb. 24, 2014

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The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will face the number one team in college basketball this Tuesday night at Memorial Gym when the Florida Gators come to Nashville for a Southeastern Conference tilt. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on ESPN and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.  

Vanderbilt moved to 15-11 overall and 7-7 in league play with a 67-59 win over Auburn on Saturday at Auburn Arena.  The Commodores overcame a 16-point deficit, the most in a win this season.  The Commodores were 10-18 from beyond-the-arc in the second half (55.6%), and 11-26 (42.3%) for the game.  Dai-Jon Parker had a career-high eight made field goals and five made threes in a career-high 21-point effort.  Freshman Luke Kornet scored in double figures for the second time of his career with 10 points.  Sophomore walk on Nathan Watkins scored seven points and had three rebounds in 16 minutes of action; Before Saturday’s game, Watkins had played only 10 career minutes and scored one point in his career.  Sophomore walk on Carter Josephs had nine assists, a career high.  Entering the Auburn game, Josephs had one career assist.  Vanderbilt’s bench outscored Auburn’s, 17-4, and the Commodores had 18 assists on 23 made baskets. 

Game 27/Vanderbilt (15-11, 7-7) vs. #1/#1 Florida (25-2, 14-0)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 6 p.m. CT
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: ESPN
TV Talent: Brad Nessler (pxp), Jimmy Dykes (analyst), Shannon Spake (sidelines)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 119, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  VU leads, 64-61.
Last Meeting:  UF win, 66-40, 3/6/13, in Gainesville.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads, 41-14.
Record at Florida:  UF leads, 41-21.
Record at Neutral Site:  UF leads, 6-2.
Coach Stallings vs. Florida:  Coach Stallings is 8-21 against Florida.

About Florida

  • Florida enters Tuesday night’s game as the number one team in the country with a 25-2 overall record and a 14-0 mark in league play.
  • Jackson, Tenn., native Casey Prather leads four Gators in double figures with 15.4 points per game.  Scottie Wilbekin adds 13.8, Michael Frazier 12.3, and Patric Young 10.8 points per game.
  • Florida has played at Memorial Gym one other time as the number one team - Vanderbilt defeated the Gators, 83-70, on February 17, 2007.  
  • The Gators have won 19 consecutive games and haven’t loss since December 2 (at UConn).
  • Vanderbilt has a 41-14 all-time record against the Gators at home.

Vanderbilt vs. Number One
Vanderbilt has an 8-16 all-time record against teams ranked #1 in the Associated Press poll, with their last game coming against number one Kentucky in the 2012 SEC Tournament Finals in New Orleans, a game VU won 71-64, their first SEC Tournament title in 61 years.  In fact, VU played Kentucky three times that season, and each time the Wildcats were number one.  Vanderbilt is 6-7 all-time against number ones at Memorial Gym, and have won four of their last five at home (Loss:  Kentucky, 69-63, 2/11/12; Wins: - Tennessee, 72-69, 2/26/08; Florida, 83-70, 2/17/07; Kentucky, 101-86, 1/13/93; North Carolina, 78-76, 12/5/87).

Walk-ons Contribute at Auburn
Two Commodore walk-ons, Carter Josephs and Nathan Watkins, played significant minutes at Auburn and helped Vanderbilt to a win on February 22.  The two entered the game at the 8:12 mark of the first half with the team trailing, 27-11, and left the game with 12:03 to go in regulation with the Commodores leading 47-45.  Each played 16 minutes, with Josephs dishing out a career-high nine assists, and Watkins adding a career-high seven points and three rebounds.  Josephs had one career assist entering the Auburn game, and Watkins had played 10 minutes in his career and scored only one career point heading into the game.

Parker Scores Career High at Auburn
Dai-Jon Parker had a career-high eight made field goals and five made threes in a 21-point effort at Auburn on Saturday.

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 14.2 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 (.405) and second in threes made (2.9). 

Kyle Fuller Having Solid Senior Season
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 11.6 points per game in all games and 13.4 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 (5.1).  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.  

Terrific  10
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.

Jones Wins SEC Freshman of the Week
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had an outstanding start to his freshman campaign, averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest and has scored in double figures in 18 games this season.  He has four double-doubles on the season, including games against South Carolina and Texas A&M.  He recently won SEC Freshman of the Week for averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in games against Missouri and Auburn last week.

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 5-1 when he scores in double figures.  

Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 678-664 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.

Career Highs
Eight Commodores have set a new career high in one category or another in last six games.
2/22 - at Auburn 
Dai-Jon Parker - Scoring (21); Carter Josephs - Assists (9); Nathan Watkins - Scoring (7), Rebounds (3)
2/19 - at Missouri
Damian Jones - Scoring (19); Shelby Moats - 3FG Made (2)
2/15 - vs. Texas A&M
Rod Odom - Assists (4); James Siakam - FT Made (12)
2/13 - at South Carolina
Damian Jones - Blocks (7); Kyle Fuller - FG Made (8)
2/8 - vs. Arkansas
Rod Odom - FG Made (8)
2/5 - vs. Tennessee
Rod Odom - Scoring (26); Kyle Fuller - Assists (10)

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 891 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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