Feb. 27, 2012
The Vanderbilt Commodores will close out the 2011-12 home portion of their schedule with a game against the #16/12-ranked Florida Gators Tuesday night at Memorial Gym. Tip time is set for 8 p.m., and the action can be seen live on ESPN and heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores dropped to 20-9, 9-5 in the SEC, after #1 Kentucky defeated the Commodores, 83-74, Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Jeffery Taylor led all Vanderbilt scorers with 19 points. John Jenkins (18), Festus Ezeli (15), and Lance Goulbourne (11) also added double figures for Vanderbilt.
This will be the second meeting between the two schools this season. Florida defeated Vanderbilt, 73-65, earlier this season on February 4 in Gainesville. Jeffery Taylor scored 25 points to lead all Vanderbilt scorers in the earlier matchup.
The Commodores will honor five scholarship seniors - Festus Ezeli, Lance Goulbourne, Jeffery Taylor, Steve Tchiengang, and Brad Tinsley - and two walk-ons - Aaron Noll and Jordan Smart - prior to the game.
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 63-60.
Last Meeting: UF defeated Vanderbilt, 73-65, on 2/4/12 in Gainesville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 40-14.
Record at UF: UF leads 41-20.
Record at Neutral Site: UF leads 5-2.
Coach Stallings vs. Florida: Coach Stallings is 7-20 vs. Florida.
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com, XM 91
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Brad Nessler (pxp), Jimmy Dykes (analyst)
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
More On The Florida Series
- Tuesday’s meeting with Florida will be the 124th in the series. Vanderbilt holds a 63-60 series advantage.
- The first meeting between the two schools came in the 1930-31 season.
- In the last five meetings at Memorial Gym, the Commodores own a 3-2 advantage over the Gators.
More On Florida
Florida enters the game with a 22-7 overall record and a 10-4 mark in SEC play after dropping a 76-62 decision at Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Kenny Boynton leads the team in scoring with 17.3 points per game, with Bradley Beal leading the team on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per contest.
- The Commodores sport the leading scorer in all games and in SEC games only in John Jenkins at 20.0 and 19.1 ppg, respectively, and the league’s second-leading scorer in all games (17.3) and in SEC games only in Jeffery Taylor (17.2). Jenkins also paces the league and nation in threes made at 3.9 per game.
- Jenkins has averaged 23.2 ppg in the last four games.
- In the Stallings’ era (since 1999-2000), Vanderbilt is 5-7 in senior night games at Memorial Gym.
- With the win over the Gamecocks on February 22, Vanderbilt reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh time in the last nine years. It is Coach Stallings’ seventh 20-win season, the most among any Vanderbilt coach. The winningest coach in Vanderbilt history, Roy Skinner, posted six 20-win seasons.
- With the win over South Carolina, the Commodores clinched their third straight winning SEC record for first time since having five straight from 1972-1976.
- In his playing and coaching career, Stallings now has 24 20-win campaigns.
- Jenkins has scored in double-digits in 62 consecutive games, 81 in his career.
- Taylor paces the SEC in league games only in 3FG % at 51.5 (34-66)%.
- Jenkins is trying to lead the SEC in scoring in consecutive seasons for first time since 1995 and 1996, when LSU’s Ronnie Henderson accomplished the feat.
- Taylor is sixth in the SEC in field-goal percentage (.516), and has made more field goals than any other player in the SEC (182).
- Jeffery Taylor (182) and John Jenkins (179) lead the league in field goals made for the season.
- VU’s starting five has amassed 421 career starts.
- Vanderbilt is the only team in the SEC that sports three 1,000-point scorers in John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, and Brad Tinsley.
- Jenkins leads the league in all games in scoring (20.0), free throw percentage (.847) and threes made (3.9). In league games only, Jenkins leads in scoring (19.1), threes made (3.9) and free throw percentage (.875).
- In league games only, Tinsley is third in the league in assists (4.6) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).
- Jeffery Taylor is third on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list and leads all active scorers in the SEC with 1,819 career points.
- With his four 3FGs against Kentucky, Jenkins has scored at least 3 3FGs in 24 games this season.
SEC Tournament Scenarios
With two games to play (vs. Florida, at Tennessee), one more Vanderbilt win will assure the Commodores of a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament next week in New Orleans.