Feb. 28, 2011
Highlights from Saturday's win at LSU | Audio: Stallings previews UK game
The #21/20 Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on East Division rival #20/23 Kentucky on Tuesday night in a nationally televised contest on ESPN. The game tips off at 8 p.m. CT, and can also be heard live on the Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College and vucommodores.com.
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, and Shannon Spake will have the call for ESPN.
Tuesday's game at Kentucky marks Vanderbilt's last true road contest of the 2010-11 season.
Series Info: Tuesday's game with Kentucky will be the 178th all-time meeting, with Kentucky leading the series, 133-44. The Wildcats have a 79-19 series advantage in games played in Lexington.
Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two schools came on February 12, 2011, in Nashville in a game Vanderbilt won, 81-77.
Head Coaches: Kevin Stallings is in his 12th year at Vanderbilt (234-144) and his 18th overall (357-207). John Calipari is in his second season at Kentucky (55-11) and 19th year overall (500-151).
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College (WRQQ - 97.1 FM); vucommodores.com
Play-by-Play: Joe Fisher (13th year); Color: Tim Thompson (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Brad Nessler; Color: Jimmy Dykes; Sidelines: Shannon Spake
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Kentucky enters the game with a 20-8 overall record and an 8-6 mark in SEC play after knocking off East division leader Florida on Saturday in Lexington, 76-68.
Brandon Knight leads four Wildcat players in double figures with 17.7 points per game. Terrence Jones adds 17.3 points per game, Doron Lamb chips in 13.4, and Darius Miller averages 10.9 points per game. Jones leads the team on the glass with 9.1 rebounds per game.
The Kentucky Series
Tuesday's game with Kentucky will be the 178th all-time meeting, with Kentucky leading the series, 133-44. The Wildcats have a 49-25 series lead in games played in Nashville, and a 79-19 series advantage in games played in Lexington. The two teams are tied at four in neutral site games.
Stallings Versus Kentucky
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has a record of 9-15 against Kentucky, and 2-9 in games played at Rupp Arena.
Stallings In SEC Play
Now in his 12th season of SEC play at the helm of the Commodores, Kevin Stallings has an 93-97 record in SEC play. In 2009-10, Stallings posted his best SEC record as a coach with a 12-4 mark.
When Jeffery Taylor Scores 15 Or More...
The Commodores are 15-1, with their only loss coming at Missouri (Taylor had 18 points).
Home Sweet Home
In 16 home games this year, the Commodores are 14-2, average 80.6 points per game, and shoot 48.6% from the floor. Vanderbilt also makes 8.5 threes per game, shoots 42.4% from beyond-the-arc, and outrebounds opponents by a margin of +5.8. VU also shoots 77.9% from the charity stripe at Memorial Gym.
In true road games, Vanderbilt is 5-4 on the season and post these percentages - 43.1% from the field and 35.9% from three. The Commodores are outrebounding their oponents by +0.1, and convert 68.2% of their free throws.
Jeffery Taylor scored a team-high 20 points and Lance Goulbourne scored 16 points and grabbed a Stallings-era best 17 rebounds as Vanderbilt knocked off LSU, 90-69, Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge. John Jenkins (17), Brad Tinsley (16), and Festus Ezeli (15) also added double figures for the Commodores.
Vanderbilt now leads the all-time series, 58-48, and now trail LSU, 28-21, in games played in Baton Rouge. Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings moves to 9-6 all-time against LSU and 4-2 in games played in Baton Rouge.
Vanderbilt moves to 21-7 overall and 9-5 in SEC play. Vanderbilt is now 5-4 in true road games and 4-3 in road league contests. The Commodores play at Kentucky Tuesday in their final true road game of the season. The Commodores have won their last three road games.
Brad Tinsley's three-pointer at the 16:25 mark in the first half pushed Vanderbilt's three-point streak to 790 consecutive games with a three.
Vanderbilt posted its first 90-point true road game since a 91-85 road win at DePaul on December 12, 2007. First 90-point game in the SEC since February 28, 2007 (99-90 overtime win).
The Commodores shot 54.4% from the floor for the game, their highest percentage from the floor in SEC play and their highest FG percentage since shooting since shooting 60.7% as a team in the season opener against Presbyterian (11/12).
The Commodores outscored LSU, 49-26, in the second half after trailing at the halftime break, 43-41. VU is now 7-4 when trailing at the half this season.
VU posted their 19th and 20th halves of the season of shooting 50% or better. The Commodores shot 57.7% in the first half and 51.6% in the second half.
LSU shot 41.8% from the floor and 25.0% in the second half. The Commodores move to 16-3 on the season when outshooting their opponent.
Vanderbilt made 10-of-22 threes for the game, compared to 5-22 for LSU. The Commodores are 19-4 when making more threes than their opponent.
Vanderbilt made 18-of-28 free throws for the game. The Commodores are now 152-223 from the charity stripe in road games (.682). Vanderbilt has made more free throws than their opponents have attempted (145) in nine road games this season.
LSU outrebounded Vanderbilt by one, 38-37. VU is now 6-5 on the season when outrebounded by their opponent.
Vanderbilt outscored LSU, 36-30, in points in the paint, 8-0, in fast break points, and 22-16 in bench points. Both teams scored 15 points off of turnovers, and LSU had 14 second-chance points compared to 13 for VU.
Ties: 4; Lead Changes: 6; Vanderbilt largest lead: 24 (1:26 in 2nd half).
Player Notes vs. LSU
Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 20 points. It was his 21st double-figure scoring game this season and the 67th of his career. It was also his fifth 20-point game of the season and ninth of his career.
Taylor also added three assists, two rebounds, and two steals.
John Jenkins (17), Brad Tinsley (16), Lance Goulbourne (16), and Festus Ezeli (15) also added double figures.
First time Vanderbilt has had five double figure scorers since January 19, 2011 against Ole Miss (Jenkins, Ezeli, Taylor, Goulbourne, Tinsley).
Also first time VU has had at least four players with 15 or more points since November 22, 2005 against UNC Greensboro (Julian Terrell, Shan Foster, Derrick Byars, DeMarre Carroll).
Jenkins has scored in double figures in all 27 games he has played in this season.
Tinsley's 16 points tied his single-season high in an SEC game...he also scored 16 points at Auburn on February 19.
Tinsley was 7-for-10 from the field. The seven field goals tied a career high.
Tinsley had five assists for the 13th time this season and the 23rd time of his career. Tinsley leads the SEC in assists in all games.
Lance Goulbourne's 17 rebounds is a new career-high, and is a new single-game high in the Stallings era.
Festus Ezeli scored 15 points and had six blocks against LSU. His six blocks put him one behind Will Perdue for the all-time single-season record with 73. Perdue had 74 in 1987-88.
Ezeli's six blocks is his eighth game this year where he has had four or more blocks. He has had 22 blocks in his last four games (4.5 per game).
Sophomore Jordan Smart tallied the first made three-pointer of his career in SEC play.