MBB to meet Arkansas in SEC Tournament
March 13, 2013
Vanderbilt, the defending champion at the SEC Tournament, begins the defense of their 2012 crown with a second-round meeting with Arkansas Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. The game will tip at 6:30 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 31/#10 VANDERBILT (14-16, 8-10) vs. #7 ARKANSAS (19-12, 10-8)
About Arkansas and the Series
The Commodores and the SEC Tournament
The SEC Tournament in Nashville
The SEC Tournament returns to Nashville this week for the sixth time in tournament history and the first time since 2010. The Commodores have hosted the tournament at Memorial Gym twice in 1984 (1-1) and 1991 (0-1), and the event has been held at the now-Bridgestone Arena in 2001 (0-1), 2006 (1-1), and 2010 (1-1). All-time in games played in Nashville in the SEC Tournament, the Commdores are 3-5.
Coach Stallings and the SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 10-11 all-time at the SEC Tournament, and has advanced to the semifinals four times and the finals once during his 14-year tenure. The Commodores advanced to the semifinals in 2004 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and in the three last seasons at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (2010), the Georgia Dome in 2011, and the New Orleans Arena in 2012. His Commodore team made the finals in 2012.
Although the Commodores captured the 2012 SEC Tournament Championship, there were only three players who played more than three minutes total last season in the tournament. Kedren Johnson played an average of 17.7 minutes in three games, averaged 6.3 points, and made the go-ahead bucket against Kentucky in the finals to propel Vanderbilt to the championship. Rod Odom averaged 11.7 minutes in three games, and averaged 0.7 points and 1.3 rebounds, while Dai-Jon Parker played 10.7 minutes per game and averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Shelby Moats played in two games and did not score, while James Siakam and Josh Henderson played in one game each and did not score.
Vanderbilt's Last Time Out
Vanderbilt, winners of six of their last nine, clinched the 10th seed in the 2013 SEC Tournament with a 74-64 win against South Carolina on March 9 at Memorial Gym. Junior Rod Odom and sophomore Dai-Jon Parker led the Commodore effort with 18 points apiece, and sophomore point guard Kedren Johnson added 12 points in the win.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 862 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).
The Commodores are only surrendering 60.0 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt's best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).
Vanderbilt's is ranked 323rd among the 347 Division I basketball playing schools in terms of experience on the roster by kenpom.com. Arkansas is ranked 272nd in terms of experience.
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