Seniors Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance and Jeff Roberson will make their final appearances at Memorial Gym this Tuesday night when the Commodores host Missouri. The game begins at 6 p.m. CT airing live on ESPN2, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores dropped to 11-18 on the season and 5-11 in SEC play after losing to Texas A&M, 89-81, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym in their last time out. The loss to the Aggies ended a five-game winning streak at home. Senior Riley LaChance scored 23 points to lead Vanderbilt on the day. Senior Jeff Roberson added 21 points, and freshman Saben Lee chipped in 19 points and a career-high nine rebounds and nine assists for the Commodores.
Roberson having stellar senior season
Roberson is having quite the season for the Commodores. The senior is fifth in the league in scoring (16.8), fifth in rebounding (7.2), fourth in free throw percentage (.849), fourth in field goal percentage (.485) and second in the SEC in 20-point games in SEC games only with nine (Daryl Macon has 10). His eight double-doubles is also third in the SEC.
The 6’6 senior from Houston is having an All-SEC First Team type of season - if selected to the first team, he would have a higher rebounding average than any first-team Commodore selection since Will Perdue in 1988 when he averaged 10.1 rebounds per game. Vanderbilt has had 19 first-team All-SEC selections since Perdue. Roberson’s scoring average is the highest by a Commodore player since John Jenkins averaged 19.9 points per game in 2012.
News and Notes
- Roberson was named the SEC Player of the Week for his performance on February 19 in two Vanderbilt wins over Mississippi State and Florida. He averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists for the week.
- Roberson is also eighth on Vanderbilt’s all-time total rebounding list with 736, with Bill Depp (1959-61) up next in seventh with 747 career rebounds.
- In all, Roberson has scored 20 or more points in 13 games this year while LaChance has in seven.
- LaChance has also had a spectacular senior season. He is fourth in all games in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (.412), sixth in 3FG made (2.4) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5), and in league games only, he is fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1), ninth in assists (3.6), eighth in 3FG% (.388) and sixth in 3FG made (2.5).
- LaChance is now 17th on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list (1,431 points), while Roberson is 23rd on the list with 1,319 points.
- Freshman Saben Lee now has 36 steals for the season, three more than Roberson’s team-best total for the season in 2016-17 (29). Lee is eighth in the SEC in steals (1.2) and seventh in league games only (1.3). His nine assists against Texas A&M were the most by a Commodore since Wade Baldwin IV dished out nine assists at Miss. State on 2/16/2016. Lee is also ninth on the single-season assist list for a freshman with 90. Russell Lakey is 7th (94) and Keegan Bell is 6th (95).
- Both teams have each won five games on their home floors in the series, with the Commodores adding a neutral site win (69-54), on 11/29/1986 at the Hawaiian Airlines Silversword Invitational in Wailuku, Hawaii.
- Roberson, LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis are all members of Vanderbilt’s 1,000-point club. There has been only one other class of Vanderbilt players to have three 1,000-point scorers - the vaunted “F Troop” - Butch Feher, Joe Ford and Jeff Fosnes in 1976.
- LaChance, Roberson and Fisher-Davis are second, third and fourth, respectively, among current players in SEC in career scoring. Georgia’s Yante Maten is the conference’s current career leader.
- LaChance, who has 412 career assists, is now eighth on Vanderbilt’s all-time assist list after surpassing Drew Maddux against Georgia (394 career assists). Jermaine Beal is seventh on the list with 421 assists.
- The Commodores have already played nine games this season against ranked opponents - USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), Seton Hall (#20/#20), Arizona State (#5/#6), Tennessee (#24/#23; #22/#21), Kentucky (#21/#20; #21/#22) and Auburn (#11/#13) the most in the SEC. The four ranked non-conference opponents are the most by a Commodore team since 1988, when Vanderbilt also played four (11/22 - # 2 Michigan, L, 66-91; 11/27 - #16 Ohio State, L, 82-97; 11/30 - #13 Louisville, W, 65-62; 12/7 - #8 North Carolina, L, 77-89).
- KenPom.com has Vanderbilt with the number three strength of schedule as of February 26. VU had the strongest schedule in the nation in 2016-17.
Vanderbilt (11-18, 5-11) vs. Missouri (18-11, 8-8)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 6 p.m. CT
TV Talent: Tom Hart (pxp), Chris Spatola (analyst)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 137, XM 190
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 6-5
Last Meeting: Mizzou win, 72-52, on 2/11/17 in Columbia
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 5-0
Record at Missouri: MU leads, 5-0
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 1-0
Coach Drew vs. Missouri: Coach Drew is 0-2 against Missouri
More on Missouri
- Missouri enters the game with an 18-11 overall record and an 8-8 mark in SEC play.
- Kassius Robertson leads the Tigers in scoring with 16.8 points per game, with Jordan Barnett also adding double figures with 13.8 points per game.
- Vanderbilt has won all five meetings against the Tigers at Memorial Gym.
Jeff Roberson: Mr. Double-Double
Jeff Roberson has eight double-doubles on the season, the most in a season by a Commodore since Will Perdue had 10 in his junior season (1986-87) and 16 in his senior season (1987-88).
SEC Strength of Schedule
Here’s a look at KenPom’s strength of schedule among league teams (2/26).
1. Vanderbilt, 3
2. Tennessee, 4
3. Texas A&M, 5
4. Kentucky, 9
5. Florida, 11
6. Ole Miss, 1
7. Alabama, 14
8. South Carolina, 16
9. Georgia, 18
10. Missouri, 20
11. Arkansas, 32
12. LSU, 37
13. Auburn, 52
14. Mississippi State, 80
Vanderbilt in 85th SEC Season
Vanderbilt is in its 85th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. All-time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 714-704.
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 1,028 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank third only to UNLV and Kentucky 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.