MBB opens season with Presbyterian Friday

Nov. 11, 2010

After going 2-0 in exhibition play, the real thing begins this Friday at Memorial Gym when the Commodores welcome Presbyterian to Memorial Gym for a 7 p.m. tip off. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Media Information (Click here to access)
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College (Joe Fisher, play-by-play (13th year); Tim Thompson, color (10th year)
TV: None
Webcast: vucommodores.com

Series Information
First meeting between the two schools.

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Vanderbilt Vs. Southern Indiana
Vanderbilt knocked off Southern Indiana, 77-40, in their final exhibition game Monday night at Memorial Gym behind John Jenkins’ 20-point effort. Jenkins was 5-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-8 from three, and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in 26 minutes of action. Jeffery Taylor added 13 and Brad Tinsley chipped in 10 points in the winning effort, while Andre Walker led the team on the boards with eight rebounds.

It took the Commodores some time to get their offense going, but Vanderbilt’s defense was stellar throughout the night. A 23-0 run at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second was enough to pull away from the Screaming Eagles, but VU’s defense held Southern Indiana to 25.4% from the field for the game and only 1-for-17 from beyond-the-arc.

Vanderbilt Vs. Alabama-Huntsville
The Commodores defeated the Chargers, 69-53, behind a 19-point effort from sophomore guard John Jenkins, who was 8-for-16 from the field, had four rebounds, and blocked three shots in the win. Junior center Festus Ezeli added 12 points and seven rebounds, and junior forward Jeffery Taylor added 11 points and six rebounds.

Vanderbilt led 31-19 at the half and was up 42-34 with less than 12 minutes to go in regulation when the Commodores went on a 13-0 run to push the lead to 21 at 55-34. Vanderbilt shot 46.8% from the field and held the Chargers to 33.9% from the floor. The Commodores also blocked nine shots, and outrebounded Huntsville, 36-29.

Exhibition Stat Leaders
Sophomore guard John Jenkins led the team in scoring in the two exhibition games, averaging 19.5 points per game and making 6-of-15 from beyond-the-arc (40.0%). Jeffery Taylor also averaged double figures at 12.0 points per game. The Commodores shot 41.4% from the floor in the two games, and limited opponents to 29.6%.

Stallings Versus Presbyterian
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has never faced Presbyterian in his career.

Stallings In Season Openers
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 10-1 in season openers, with the only loss coming against Georgetown on November 15, 2006, at Memorial Gym.

Stallings In Non-Conference Play
Entering his 12th season at the helm of the Commodores, Kevin Stallings is 129-45 in non-confernce games and an astounding 95-8 in home non-conference games.

Commodores in Season Openers at Memorial
Since Memorial Gym opened in the 1952-53 season, Vanderbilt is 51-7 in the 58-year history of the building in season openers.

Vanderbilt Vs. The Big South
The Commodores are 9-1 all-time against current members of the Big South. The only loss came to Birmingham Southern in the 1901-02 campaign, in a 34-21 decision in Birmingham.

Season Opening Date
The Commodores have never opened the regular season on November 12, and Friday’s season opener marks the second earliest of the Stallings’ era and third earliest all-time.

Vanderbilt opened the 2007 season against Austin Peay on November 10 (Stallings Era), and began the season on November 9, 1998, in the CoSIDA Classic.

3-Point Streak Continues Through 21st Season; VU One Of Three Teams To Hit A Trey In Every Game Since 1986-87 Season
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 762 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV (770) for the longest streak in Division I basketball. Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton (649) 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.

About Presbyterian
Presbyterian defeated Newberry College, 83-61, in their only exhibition game of the season. The Blue Hose were led by redshirt-junior Josh Johnson’s 22 points while preseason all-conference honoree Al’Lonzo Coleman accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play.

In 2009-10, Presbyterian was 5-26 and 2-16 in the Big South Conference.

Friday’s game will also be the Blue Hose’s season-opener, and it will be the beginning of a nine-game road swing for Presbyterian before their first home game on December 15 against Jacksonville State.

Vanderbilt-Presbyterian Connections
Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest coach and four-time SEC Coach of the Year, Roy Skinner, who coached the Commodores in 1959 and then from 1962-76, graduated and played basketball at Presbyterian.

Skinner, a beloved coach and member of the Vanderbilt community, passed away October 25, 2010, in Nashville.

Current Presbyterian Athletic Director Brian Reese is a former Associate Director of Athletics at Vanderbilt.

Blue Hose redshirt junior guard Josh Johnson is from Hendersonville, Tenn., the same hometown as Commodore sophomore John Jenkins. Presbyterian sophomore forward Jay Reynolds is from Maryville, Tenn.

What is a Blue Hose?
“A Blue Hose is a fierce Scottish warrior. If you have ever seen the movie Braveheart, you have seen a true Blue Hose.”

That from the Presbyterian website. To read more click here.



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