The Commodores' men's basketball team will take the floor on Wednesday evening in the 2018 SEC Tournament when they take on Georgia in an opening round game at Scotttrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The game begins at 6 p.m. CT airing live on the SEC Network, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores finished their regular season on Saturday at Ole Miss with their first road win of the season when they knocked off the Rebels, 82-69, at The Pavilion of Ole Miss. Senior Jeff Roberson led four Commodores in double figures with 19 points, with Saben Lee (17), Maxwell Evans (14), and Riley LaChance (11) also scoring in double digits. Evans tied a career-high with his 14 points. Clevon Brown also added a career-high eight blocks, the most by a Vanderbilt player since Luke Kornet had 10 blocks in a triple-double effort against Auburn on January 12, 2016.
Roberson named to All-SEC Second Team
Jeff Roberson has had a stellar senior season for Vanderbilt in 2017-18, finishing the regular season ranked in the top five in five different categories, ending the SEC campaign with the second-most 20-point games, and registering eight double-doubles for the year, which ranks third in the conference.
Roberson finished the regular season fifth in the league in scoring (17.0), fifth in rebounding (7.2), second in free throw percentage (.852), fourth in field goal percentage (.484) and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.3). His 17.0 scoring average is the highest by a Commodore player since John Jenkins averaged 19.9 points per game in 2012.
He claimed the team's only SEC Player of the Week honor this season for his performance on February 19 in two Vanderbilt wins over Mississippi State and Florida. He averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists for the week.
In his career, Roberson has moved to eighth on Vanderbilt's all-time total rebounding list with 750, with Jeffery Taylor (2009-12) up next in seventh with 752 career rebounds.
The Commodores at the SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt will be the No. 13 seed at the 2018 SEC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. It marks the first time Vanderbilt has been the 13th seed at the SEC tournament.
Vanderbilt owns a 39-54 all-time mark at the SEC Tournament. The Commodores won their first SEC Tournament crown in 2012 for the first time since 1951 in a 71-64 win over No. 1-ranked Kentucky in New Orleans.
In all, Vanderbilt is making its 57th appearance in the SEC Tournament. VU has reached the semifinals 14 times and the finals twice. VU's two trips to the finals have both resulted in SEC Tournament titles, which came in 1951 with a 61-57 win over Kentucky and in 2012 in a 71-64 win over the Wildcats.
Vanderbilt's SEC Tournament record against each opponent follows: Alabama (4-4), Arkansas (1-4), Auburn (2-6), LSU (4-6), Ole Miss (3-4), Mississippi State (8-6), Missouri (0-0), Florida (3-6), Georgia (6-1), Kentucky (5-4), South Carolina (0-0), Tennessee (1-8), Texas A&M (1-0).
The SEC Tournament In St. Louis
This year marks the first year that the SEC Tournament has been held in St. Louis, Mo.
Bryce Drew At The SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew 2-1 at the SEC Tournament after advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 edition of the event in Nashville. The Commodores knocked off Texas A&M in the second round and Florida in the quarterfinals before losing to Arkansas in the semifinals at Bridgestone Arena.
News and Notes
- In all, Roberson has scored 20 or more points in 13 games this year and LaChance in seven.
- LaChance has also had a spectacular senior season. He is fifth in all games in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (.415), fifth in 3FG made (2.5) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6), and in league games only, he finished fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1), eighth in assists (3.7), ninth in FG% (.464), ninth in 3FG% (.397) and fourth in 3FG made (2.7).
- LaChance is now 17th on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list (1,459 points), while Roberson is 21st on the list with 1,357 points.
- Freshman Saben Lee now has 37 steals for the season, eight more than Roberson's team-best total for the season in 2016-17 (29). Lee finished the season 10th in SEC games only with 1.2 steals per game. His nine assists against Texas A&M were the most by a Commodore since Wade Baldwin IV dished out nine assists at Miss. State on 2/16/2016. Lee is also sixth on the single-season assist list for a freshman with 97. Dicky Keffer is 5th (99).
- Vanderbilt is third in the SEC as a team in free throw percentage (.742) in all games and third in 3's made (9.1). In league games only, the Commodores finished second in three's made (9.6), third in 3FG% (.371), and fourth in scoring (73.2)
- Roberson, LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis are all members of Vanderbilt's 1,000-point club. There has been only one other class of Vanderbilt players to have three 1,000-point scorers - the vaunted "F Troop" - Butch Feher, Joe Ford and Jeff Fosnes in 1976.
- LaChance, Roberson and Fisher-Davis are second, third and fourth, respectively, among current players in SEC in career scoring. Georgia's Yante Maten is the conference's current career leader.
- LaChance, who has 420 career assists, is eighth on Vanderbilt's all-time assist list after surpassing Drew Maddux against Georgia (394 career assists). Jermaine Beal is seventh on the list with 421 assists.
- The Commodores have already played nine games this season against a ranked opponent - USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), Seton Hall (#20/#20), Arizona State (#5/#6), Tennessee (#24/#23; #22/#21), Kentucky (#21/#20; #21/#22) and Auburn (#11/#13). The four ranked non-conference opponents are the most by a Commodore team since 1988, when Vanderbilt also played four (11/22 - # 2 Michigan, L, 66-91; 11/27 - #16 Ohio State, L, 82-97; 11/30 - #13 Louisville, W, 65-62; 12/7 - #8 North Carolina, L, 77-89).
#13 Vanderbilt (12-19, 6-12) vs. #12 Georgia (16-14, 7-11)
St. Louis, Mo. - ScottTrade Center - 6 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
TV Talent: Tom Hart (pxp), Jimmy Dykes (analyst), Molly McGrath (sidelines)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84, XM 374
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: VU leads, 89-49
Last Meeting: VU win, 81-66, on Feb. 7, 2018, at Memorial Gym
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 51-17
Record at Georgia: UGA leads 35-31
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads 7-4
Coach Drew vs. Georgia: Coach Drew is 1-1 against Georgia
The Georgia Series
(VU Leads 6-1 at the SEC Tourney)
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 89-49 and owns a 51-17 advantage in Nashville in games played at Vanderbilt. Georgia leads the series 35-31 in Athens. Vanderbilt enjoys a 7-4 lead at neutral sites... Vanderbilt won the only meeting between the two schools, 81-66, on February 7 at Memorial Gym... Vanderbilt won the last meeting at the SEC Tournament between the two schools in 2012, 63-41 in a quarterfinal game... Bryce Drew is 1-1 against the Bulldogs.
More on Georgia
- Georgia enters Wednesday's contest with a 16-14 overall record. The Bulldogs finished with a 7-11 mark in SEC play.
- Senior Yante Maten leads the Bulldogs in scoring (19.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.8). He is the only Georgia player averaging double figure points.
- The Commodores lead the all-time series, 89-49, and 7-4 in neutral site games. Vanderbilt won the only meeting between the two schools on February 7 in Nashville, 81-66.
- The last meeting with the Bulldogs at the SEC Tournament came on March 9, 2012, when Vanderbilt defeated Georgia, 63-41. Vanderbilt won the 2012 SEC Tournament Championship.
- The first meeting between the two universities came in the 1913-14 season in Athens.
Jeff Roberson: Mr. Double-Double
Jeff Roberson has eight double-doubles on the season, the most in a season by a Commodore since Will Perdue had 10 in his junior season (1986-87) and 16 in his senior season (1987-88).
SEC Strength of Schedule
Here's a look at KenPom's strength of schedule among league teams (3/1).
1. Vanderbilt, 4
2. Tennessee, 6
3. Texas A&M, 7
4. Kentucky, 10
5. Florida, 12
6. Georgia, 13
7. Alabama, 15
8. Ole Miss, 17
9. South Carolina, 19
10. Missouri, 26
11. Arkansas, 27
12. LSU, 40
13. Auburn, 57
14. Mississippi State, 73
Vanderbilt in 85th SEC Season
Vanderbilt is in its 85th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. All-time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 715-705.
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 1,030 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank third only to UNLV and Kentucky 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.