After a season opening win over Austin Peay Friday night at Memorial Gym, the Commodores will travel two miles up Wedgewood Avenue to face the Belmont Bruins at the Curb Center on Monday evening. Tip time is set for 6:30 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on FaceBook Live, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network, and online on vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt moved to 1-0 in Bryce Drew’s second season on West End last Friday after defeating Austin Peay, 73-54, at Memorial Gym. The Commodores were led by a trio of players in scoring in the win - seniors Jeff Roberson (13) and Riley LaChance (13) and sophomore Clevon Brown (13). Roberson also added 10 rebounds in his career ninth double-double. Brown scored a career-high 13 points and also set new career bests in field goals made and steals, and tied a career high in rebounds and blocks.
This will be Vanderbilt’s second meeting at the Curb Center and the sixth overall meeting between the two schools. The Commodores opened the Curb Center on Nov. 21, 2003, with a 74-59 win over the Bruins, and lead the overall series 5-0.
TV: Facebook Live
TV Talent: Chris Hassell, Tim Doyle
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads 5-0.
Last Meeting: VU win, 80-66, on Nov. 15, 2016 at Memorial Gym.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 4-0.
Record at Belmont: VU leads 1-0.
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Drew vs. Belmont: Coach Drew is 2-1 against Belmont.
More information on the Belmont series
- Belmont enters the game Monday night with an 0-1 record after losing a close 86-82 decision at Washington on Friday night in Seattle.
- Nick Hopkins led the team with 22 points against the Huskies, while Dylan Windler added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins.
- Coach Drew is 2-1 all time against the Bruins.
- Belmont assistant coach James Strong was a four-year letterwinner with the Commodores (1996-2000) and scored 827 career points.
- Belmont associate head coach Brian Ayers was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt from 1996-98.
- Belmont and Vanderbilt are situated two miles apart.
- This will be Vanderbilt’s second meeting at the Curb Center. The Commodores opened the building on Nov. 21, 2003, with a 74-59 win over the Bruins.
- In last year’s meeting, Belmont attempted 41 three-pointers, which set a new Memorial Gym record for threes attempted.
Vanderbilt Quick Hitters
- Commodore head coach Bryce Drew, now in his second season, led the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament in his first season in Nashville, marking the first time in the history of the program a first-year Vanderbilt coach led his team to the tournament. Overall, the Commodores made their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their first back-to-back appearances since making three consecutive tournaments from 2010-12.
- A Roberson three with 18:42 left on the first-half clock against Austin Peay extended Vanderbilt’s three-point consecutive game streak to 1,000 games. Vanderbilt is one of only three teams (Princeton, UNLV) to make a three in every game since the inception of the three-point line in 1985-86.
- This is the 115th year of Vanderbilt basketball, with the first season taking place in 1900-01. There were no teams in 1904-05 and 1905-06.
- The Commodores return eight letter winners and three of their top four scorers in 2017-18 that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year - seniors Matthew Fisher-Davis (13.9), Jeff Roberson (10.8), and Riley LaChance (10.5). Junior Joe Toye, who started in 13 games a year ago, also returns after averaging 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In all, Vanderbilt returns 70.5% of its scoring and six players who started at least one game in 2016-17. In all, 261 cumulative starts return for the Commodores and a combined 532 games played between the eight letterwinners returning.
- Vanderbilt had five top-25 wins, six top-50 victories and 11 top-100 RPI wins a year ago, the overall toughest strength of schedule and toughest non-conference schedule in the nation, and were the only SEC team to sweep Florida. The Commodores are tied for the second-most top 50 wins in SEC with Florida with six - only UK (8) had more.
- The Commodores played 11 teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17 (Marquette, Bucknell, Butler, Minnesota, Middle Tennessee, Dayton, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Iowa State, and South Carolina) and four teams in the 2017 Postseason NIT (Belmont, Alabama, Georgia, and Ole Miss). Twenty of Vanderbilt’s 34 games came against teams that advanced to the postseason. This season, nine of their potential games will be against teams who played in the postseason a year ago. Six possible opponents, USC, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Virginia, Kansas State, and Middle Tennessee, all played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, with NIT participant Belmont, 2017 NIT Champion TCU, and CollegeInsider.com Tournament team UNC Asheville also on the challenging slate.
- The Commodores have had five NBA Draft picks since 2012 - Wade Baldwin IV (17th, Memphis Grizzlies), Damian Jones (30th, Golden State Warriors), and John Jenkins (23rd, Atlanta), Festus Ezeli (30th, Golden State), and Jeffery Taylor (31st, Charlotte) in 2012.
- Vanderbilt has two 1,000-point scorers on their roster - Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis, with Jeff Roberson 156 points away from the 1,000-point mark.
- Vanderbilt welcomes six newcomers to the team in 2017-18 - true freshmen guards Saben Lee (6-2, 174, Tempe, Ariz.) and Maxwell Evans (6-2, 186, Houston, Texas), true freshman big man Ejike Obinna (6-10, 234, Enugu, Nigeria), redshirt sophomore transfers Matt Ryan (6-8, 209 forward, Notre Dame) and Yanni Wetzell (6-10, 235 forward/center, St. Mary’s (Texas)), and freshman walk-on guard Isaiah Rice (5-11, 189, Carmel, Ind.).
SEC Three-Point Leaders
Of the top 20 season 3 pt FG %’s in SEC history, Vanderbilt has 5 of them.
4. Billy McCaffrey (51.2%, 1993)
7. Barry Booker (50.0%, 1987)
T9. Riley LaChance (48.6%)
12. John Jenkins (48.3%, 2010)
16. Shan Foster (46.9%, 2008).
On the top 20 SEC career 3-point % list with at least 300 attempts, Vanderbilt has six guys.
2. Booker 46%
3. McCaffrey 44.6%
8. Scott Draud 43.8%
8. Jenkins 43.8%
14. Dan Cage 42.6%
19. Foster 42.1%
LaChance made threes at high clip in 2016-17
Riley LaChance, who played the point guard position in 2016-17 and will slide over to his more natural two-guard spot in his senior season, made 48.6% of his three-point attempts last year, which is the third-best in a single-season all-time for the Commodores - only Billy McCaffrey (51.2%, 1992-93) and Barry Booker (50%, 1986-87) have had better seasons from three. LaChance led the SEC in three-point shooting in 2016-17, and his three-point field goal percentage a year ago ties for the ninth-best in SEC history.
Career and Single-Season Lists
Matthew Fisher-Davis is 8th in 3’s made in a career with 234. Riley LaChance’s 48.6% from three clip in 2016-17 is Vanderbilt’s 3rd-best all-time.
Making threes is not a new thing for this year’s Commodore team. Combined in their career, current players have made 579 career threes.
700th SEC Win
Vanderbilt is in its 85th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. The Commodores won their 700th league game at Florida, and all time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 709-693.
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 1,000 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank third only to UNLV and Kentucky 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.