MBB travels to Auburn Saturday
March 1, 2013
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)
About Auburn and the Series
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.
'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.
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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