Feb. 28, 2014
The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will travel to Knoxville to take on the University of Tennessee for the second time this season on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will tip off at 11 a.m. CT, with the game airing live on ESPN2 and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores fell to 15-12 overall and 7-8 in league play after a three-point loss to number one-ranked Florida Tuesday night at Memorial Gym in their last time out. Senior Rod Odom scored 12 points to lead all Vanderbilt scorers, with junior Dai-Jon Parker also adding double figures with 11. Florida went on a 13-0 run after the Commodores took the lead at the 12:46 mark of the first half and never trailed thereafter, although the Commodores worked the Florida lead to just two points with one minute left after trailing by as many as 12 points. Vanderbilt had a final attempt to tie down three on their final possession, but could not get a three to fall. The Commodores shot 49 percent (20-of-41) from the floor and 44 percent (8-of-18) from three-point range, but shot just 55 percent (6-of-11) from the charity stripe. The Commodores held the Gators to 40 percent shooting and 36 percent from outside. Florida outrebounded Vanderbilt, 32-26, including 13-4 on the offensive glass, and outscored VU 13-1 in second chance opportunities.
Game 28/Vanderbilt (15-12, 7-8) vs. Tennessee (17-11, 8-7)
Knoxville, Tenn. - Thompson-Boling Arena - 11 a.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Carter Blackburn (pxp), Barry Booker (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Tennessee leads, 113-71.
Last Meeting: VU win, 64-60, on 2/5/14 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 53-38.
Record at UT: UT leads, 69-17.
Record at Neutral Site: UT leads, 6-1.
Coach Stallings vs. UT: Coach Stallings is 13-17 vs. Tennessee.
- Tennessee enters the game with a 17-11 overall record and an 8-7 mark in SEC play.
- Tennessee leads the all-time series, 113-71, and the Volunteers own a 69-17 advantage in the series in games played in Knoxville.
- Vanderbilt's last win in Knoxville came on January 27, 2010, an 85-76 win.
- The Commodores and Vols both have a strength coach named Christopher - Garry became the team's strength coach in the summer of 2013, while his younger brother, Nicodemus, is in his second season with the Vols. The San Diego natives each graduated from Baylor.
- Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings and UT head coach Cuonzo Martin each played for and coached with Purdue coaching legend Gene Keady.
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 14.1 points and 5.4 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 (.406) 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 11.5 points per game in all games and 13.1 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.4) and leads the league in SEC games only (4.9). 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.
Contributing Walk Ons
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. Josephs played a career-high 20 minutes against Florida, grabbed a career-high three rebounds, dished out two assists, and one steal.
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 11.5 points and 5.6 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.
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 1.4 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.
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.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 678-665 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
Eight Commodores have set a new career high in one category or another in last seven games.
2/25 - vs. Florida
Carter Josephs - Minutes played (20), Rebounds (3)
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)
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 892 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.