MBB travels to Auburn Saturday

March 1, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 23, 2013
Nashville, Tenn.
Dores tame the Tigers, 73-61
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt won its second straight SEC game Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium, knocking off Auburn 73-61.

The Commodores, winners of three of their last four games, returns to the road for their second matchup of the season with the Auburn Tigers. The game will tip at 8 p.m. CT from Auburn Arena, and televised nationally on ESPN2, with the game also being heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.

Game 28/VANDERBILT (12-15, 6-9) vs. AUBURN (9-19, 3-12)
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn Arena - 8 p.m.
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent:  Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio:  Sirius 123, XM 199
TV Talent:   Dave Lamont (pxp), Kara Lawson (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 83-51.
Last Meeting:  Vanderbilt won the last meeting, 73-61, at Memorial Gym on 1/23/13.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads 48-16.
Record at Auburn:  VU leads 32-29.
Record at Neutral Site:  Auburn leads 6-3.
Coach Stallings vs. Auburn:  Coach Stallings is 12-5 against Auburn.

About Auburn and the Series

  • Auburn enters Saturday night’s contest with a 9-19 overall record and a 3-12 mark in SEC play.
  • Senior guard Frankie Sullivan leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game.  He and senior big man Rob Chubb led the team with 14 points apiece in an earlier meeting with the Commodores.
  • The Commodores lead the all-time series, 83-51, and have won the last seven games in the series, including an earlier meeting this season on January 23 at Memorial Gym (73-61).
  • Coach Stallings has an 12-5 record all-time against Auburn, and a 4-3 mark against the Tigers in games played at Auburn.
  • Sophomore guard Dai-Jon Parker is a high school teammate of Auburn guard Shaq Johnson.

Vanderbilt's Last Time Out

Vanderbilt claimed its third win in four tries with a thrilling, 63-62, win over Georgia Wednesday night at Memorial Gym.  Trailing by 12 at the half, the Commodores stormed back and used a Kevin Bright jumper with 0.8 seconds to go to come away with the victory.  Kedren Johnson scored 17 points to lead VU, Sheldon Jeter added a career-high 14 points, all in the second half, and Bright added 11 points. 

  • Vanderbilt has now won eight straight games over the Bulldogs.
  • Vanderbilt won their first game this season when shooting under 40% (1-8).
  • As a team, Vanderbilt shot 94.4 percent (17-of-18) from the free throw line, which marks the best percentage at the charity stripe since VU shot 90.9 percent versus Mississippi State in 2011.
  • Vanderbilt trailed by 12 points at the half, and overcame a halftime deficit for the second time this season to get a win.  The Commodores trailed by six points at the half earlier this season in a win at Xavier.
  • Vanderbilt committed only four turnovers on the night, a season low.
  • Kedren Johnson scored a team-high 17 points, marking the 19th time this season he has reached double-figures.
  • Freshman Sheldon Jeter tied a career high with 14 points, all of which came in the second half.  Jeter was 4-4 from the floor, 2-2 from three, 4-4 from the charity stripe, and had four rebounds.
  • Dai-Jon Parker recorded a career-high three steals.
  • Freshman Kevin Bright also scored in double figures with 11 points, including the game-winning basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation.  

'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 859 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.

Close Losses in League Play

Of the nine league losses this season, one has gone to overtime (Ole Miss), two were by four points (Alabama, led by 11 with seven minutes to go, at Kentucky), one was by two points (Kentucky at home), and a pair of games by one point (at Tennessee, at LSU).

Odom Beginning to Come On

In his last seven games, junior forward Rod Odom is averaging 13.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while making 16-of-37 threes over that time span (43.2%).  He has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games, including a career-high 20-point performance at LSU.

Defensive Excellence

The Commodores are only surrendering 60.1 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt’s best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).



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