Men's Basketball
Dores take on Miss. St. at 2014 SEC Tournament

March 11, 2014

The Last Meeting
Mississippi State49
Vanderbilt55
February 1, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt holds off Miss. State for third-straight win
The Vanderbilt men's basketball team won its third-straight game Saturday evening, knocking off Mississippi State, 55-49, from Memorial Gym. Rod Odom led the Commodores with 18 points, on 6-of-13 shooting and 4-of-10 from outside the arc. Kyle Fuller and Damian Jones also each scored in double-figures, finishing with 14 and 13, respectively.

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The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will travel to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the 2014 SEC Tournament for a Wednesday night contest against Mississippi State. The game will tip off at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opening game of the night featuring South Carolina and Auburn.  The game will air 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 dropped to 15-15 overall and finished the regular season 7-11 in SEC play after falling to Ole Miss, 65-62, on Saturday in Oxford.  Junior Dai-Jon Parker scored a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers in the game.  Freshman Damian Jones posted his fifth career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow freshman Luke Kornet added a career-high 13 points in a career-high 34 minutes.  For the game, Vanderbilt shot 40% from the floor and outrebounded the Rebels, 38-35.  The deciding statistic was free throws, with the Rebels making 24 of 39 from the line, while VU was 14 for 16.

Game 31/#11 Vanderbilt (15-15, 7-11) vs. #14 Mississippi State (13-18, 3-15)
Atlanta, Ga. - Georgia Dome - 8:30 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 Neal (pxp), Jon Sundvold (analyst), Jeff Goodman (sidelines)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 199
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Vanderbilt leads, 76-45.
Last Meeting:  VU win, 55-49, on 2/1/14 in Nashville.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads, 44-9.
Record at Miss. St.:  MSU leads, 31-24.
Record at Neutral Site:  VU leads, 8-5.
Coach Stallings vs. MSU:  Coach Stallings is 10-9 vs. Miss. State.

About Mississippi State

  • Mississippi State enters the two teams’ second meeting this season with a 13-18 overall record and a 3-15 mark in SEC play.
  • Vanderbilt leads the all-time series between the two schools, 76-45, and own a 44-9 record in games played in Nashville.  The Commodores won an earlier meeting in Nashville this season, 55-49.
  • The Commodores have won four of the last five in the series, with Miss. State’s lone win in that span coming at Memorial Gym on January 21, 2012 (78-77) in overtime.
  • Vanderbilt defeated Miss. State in the 2011 SEC Quarterfinals, 87-81, in the two teams’ last meeting at the tournament.

VU and the SEC Tournament

  • Vanderbilt will be the #11 seed at the 2014 SEC Tournament in Atlanta.  It is the first time Vanderbilt has ever been an 11 seed.  
  • Vanderbilt owns a 37-50 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 #1-ranked Kentucky in New Orleans.
  • In all, Vanderbilt is making its 53rd appearance in the SEC Tournament.  VU has reached the semifinals 13 times, including the last four years in a row, 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 (1-3), Auburn (2-6), LSU (4-6), Ole Miss (3-4),  Mississippi State (8-5), Missouri (0-0), Florida (2-6), Georgia (6-1), Kentucky (5-4), South Carolina (0-0), Tennessee (1-7), Texas A&M (0-0).

The SEC Tournament In Atlanta
The SEC Tournament returns to Atlanta, Ga., this week for the 14th time in tournament history.  Vanderbilt is 9-13 all-time in the tournament when it is held in Georgia.  The Commodores are 7-10 in the Georgia Dome (1995, 1998-2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011), 0-1 in the Omni (1987), and 2-2 in the Atlanta Athletic Club (1933-34).

Coach Stallings at SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 12-12 all-time at the SEC Tournament, and has advanced to the semifinals five times and the finals once during his previous 14 trips.  The Commodores advanced to the semifinals in 2004 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and in the last four seasons at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (2010, 2013), the Georgia Dome in 2011, and the New Orleans Arena in 2012.  His Commodore team made the finals and won the tournament championship in 2012.

VU vs. Miss. State at SEC Tournament
The Mississippi State Series
(VU leads 8-5 at SEC Tourney)
VU leads the all-time series 76-44, including a 45-9 advantage in Nashville and a 8-5 lead at neutral sites. MSU leads 31-23 in Starkville… The Commodores won a 55-49 decision over the Bulldogs on Feb. 1 at Memorial Gym in their only meeting this season ... Vanderbilt defeated Miss. State in the 2011 SEC Quarterfinals, 87-81, in the two teams’ last meeting at the tournament… VU’s Kevin Stallings is 10-9 all-time against Mississippi State...MSU is VU’s most-played opponent in SEC Tournament.

2013 Tournament
The #10 seeded Commodores advanced to the semifinals for the fourth consecutive season in 2013, defeating Arkansas in the second round and Kentucky in the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champion Ole Miss in the semifinals.


 

 

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