Nov. 9, 2012
The Commodores begin their 113th year of organized basketball this Saturday when they welcome Nicholls State from the Southland Conference to Memorial Gym for a 3 p.m. tip off.
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About Nicholls State
- After polling the league’s coaches and sports information directors, Nicholls was picked to finish eighth in the Southland Conference, garnering 24 points by the coaches in a tie with Central Arkansas, while earning 27 points by the SID’s. Oral Roberts was picked to win the league crown earning 77 points in both polls ahead of Stephen F. Austin who finished second.
- The Colonels return four starters from last year’s team.
- Nicolls State will see the return of senior guard Fred Hunter, who earned a medical redshirt last season due to a knee injury. Hunter was named a preseason All-Southland Conference selection this year, and averaged 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20 games in 2010-11.
Vanderbilt's Two Exhibition Wins
The Commodores knocked off St. Xavier, 77-69, and Delta State, 69-48, in their two exhibition games this season.
Exhibition Game Notes
- Kedren Johnson paced the Commodores in the two exhibition games with an 18.5 points per game average. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game. Vanderbilt had three other players average double figures in the exhibition games - forward Rod Odom, who averaged 14.5 pionts, forward James Siakam, who averaged 11.0 points, and guard Kyle Fuller, who averaged 10.5 points per game.
- Fuller led the team with nine assists in the two games. He also averaged five rebounds per game.
- Vanderbilt shot 44.9% from the floor in the two games, but could only muster 22% from beyond-the-arc. Odom led the Commodores from three, making four-of-eight (50%).
- The Commodores outrebounded their two exhibition opponents by an average of 15.5 rebounds per game (42 to 26.5).
- Vanderbilt shot 69.5% from the charity stripe in the two games.
- The Commodores averaged 13.0 turnovers per game in the two games. Point guard Kedren Johnson had eight in the first game against St. Xavier, but only turned it over one time against Delta State.
- The stellar performance of the exhibition season came from redshirt sophomore James Siakam, who came off of the bench against St. Xavier and tallied a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 11 rebounds and ended the contest with 22 points and 17 rebounds, 11 offensive, in 27 minutes of action. Before the game, Siakam had only six career points in 25 total minutes.
The Commodores in Season-Openers
53-7 Vanderbilt’s record in home openers at Memorial Gym - the SEC’s oldest basketball facility is in its 61st season.
12-1 Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 12-1 in season openers, with the only loss coming against Georgetown on November 15, 2006, at Memorial Gym.
The Commodore men’s non-conference schedule includes the possibility of facing five 2012 NCAA Tournament teams - Davidson, West Virginia (possible opponent, Old Spice), Gonzaga (possible opponent, Old Spice), Xavier, and Butler - and seven total teams from the 2012 postseason (Oregon, MTSU). With three SEC opponents making the NCAA Tournament and four advancing to the NIT in 2012, Vanderbilt could face up to eight NCAA teams and 11 teams who advanced to postseason play a year ago.
Vanderbilt travels to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the University of Oregon on Friday night. Tip off is set for a 10 p.m. CT start, with the game to be televised on the Pac 12 Network. Following the Commodores’ trip to the west coast, Vanderbilt will travel to Orlando to compete in the Old Spice Classic at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.