March 8, 2013
The Commodore men's basketball team will end their regular season Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym when they face off against South Carolina in their second meeting of the season. The game will tip at 12:47 p.m. CT and will be televised regionally on the SEC Network, with the game also being heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Game 30/VANDERBILT (13-16, 7-10) vs. SOUTH CAROLINA (14-16, 4-13)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 12:47 p.m. CT
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 200
TV: SEC Network SEC Network Affiliates
TV Talent: Joe Davis (pxp), Barry Booker (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: VU leads the series, 27-24.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt won the last meeting, 58-51, in Columbia on 1/9/13.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 14-10.
Record at SC: Tied at 12.
Record at Neutral Site: SC leads 2-1.
Coach Stallings vs. SC: Coach Stallings is 14-13 against SC.
About South Carolina and the Series
- South Carolina enters their regular season finale with a 14-16 overall record and a 4-13 mark in SEC play.
- Brenton Williams leads all active South Carolina players with 10.9 points per game. Michael Carrera also averages double figures with 10.2 points per game.
- The Commodores lead the all-time series, 27-24, and leads the series in Nashville, 14-10.
- Coach Stallings is 14-13 all-time against the Gamecocks.
- Vanderbilt won an earlier meeting this season on January 19 in Columbia, 58-51.
Vanderbilt's Last Time Out
Florida ended a three-game Commodore winning streak Wednesday night in the O’Connell Center with a 66-40 win over Vanderbilt. Commodore guard Kedren Johnson led Vanderbilt with 15 points.
- Vanderbilt never led in the contest.
- Vanderbilt only shot 26.9% from the floor and 16.7% from three.
- The Commodores outrebounded Florida, 33-32.
- Vanderbilt committed only nine turnovers.
- Kedren Johnson was Vanderbilt’s only double-digit scorer. Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker led the team with six rebounds.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 861 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 10 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).
Regular Season Finales
Under head coach Kevin Stallings, the Commodores are 6-7 in regular season finales at Memorial Gym.
The Commodores are only surrendering 59.9 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt’s best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).