March 7, 2014
The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will travel to Oxford, Miss., this Saturday afternoon to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in their regular season finale. The game will tip off at 12:47 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on SEC TV and the radio call coming on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt fell to 15-14 overall and 7-10 in conference play after dropping a 57-51 decision to LSU Thursday night at Memorial Gym. Senior Rod Odom finished with a team high 15 points on 4-of-18 shooting, while senior guard Kyle Fuller finished with seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Former team manager Rob Cross picked up his first career start. He finished the game with an offensive rebound in a minute of play. Freshman Damian Jones finished with nine points and six rebounds to go along with four blocks. For the game, the Commodores shot 30.5% from the floor and 24.1% from three, and Vanderbilt limited the Tigers to just 33.3% from the field and 13.3% from three.
Game 30/Vanderbilt (15-14, 7-10) vs. Ole Miss (17-13, 8-9)
Oxford, Miss. - Tad Smith Coliseum - 12:47 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: SEC TV
TV Talent: Dave Baker (pxp), Daymeon Fishback (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 200
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 74-42.
Last Meeting: Ole Miss win, 63-52, on 1/22/14 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 48-9.
Record at OM: OM leads, 28-22.
Record at Neutral Site: OM leads, 5-4.
Coach Stallings vs. OM: Coach Stallings is 11-7 against Ole Miss.
About Ole Miss
- Ole Miss enters the regular season finale on Saturday with a 17-13 overall record and an 8-9 record in league play. The Rebels won an earlier meeting this year in Nashville, 63-52, on Jan. 22.
- Rebel guards Marshall Henderson (19.0 ppg) and Jarvis Summers (17.0 ppg) lead Ole Miss in scoring.
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 74-42, and 28-22 in games played in Oxford.
Odom Leads Commodores
For the season, Rod Odom is averaging a team-leading 13.8 points, has made three or more threes in a game on 14 occasions in 2013-14, and scored 20 or more points seven times this year. Odom is sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.389) and third in threes made (2.8). Earlier this year, Odom won the SEC Player of the Week for his performances against Tennessee and Arkansas, when he averaged 24.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the two games.
Kyle Fuller Having Solid Senior Season
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller is having a solid senior season, averaging 11.3 points per game in all games and 12.5 points per game in league play. Fuller is ranked second in the SEC in assists in all games (4.3) and is also second in SEC games only (4.6). 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 11.1 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 won SEC Freshman of the Week when he averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in games against Missouri and Auburn.
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.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 678-667 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
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. He played his first collegiate playing time at Tennessee on March 1, playing in one minute, grabbing a rebound and dishing out an assist, and started the team’s senior night game against LSU on March 6.
Three-Point Streak Still In Tact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 894 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.