Men's Basketball
Dores to play in ezybonds Paradise Jam Friday

Nov. 20, 2013

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The Commodores' men's basketball team will play in the ezybonds Paradise Jam for the first time this Friday when Vanderbilt takes on the Providence Friars in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  The game will air on CBS Sports Network, and the radio broadcast can be heard on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.

The Commodores fell to 2-1 on the season after a hard-fought, 85-77 overtime loss to Butler Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Ind.  Vanderbilt trailed by 14 points on three separate occasions before staging a late comeback to eventually take the lead and send the game into overtime.  Sophomore point guard Eric McClellan scored a career-high 29 points, and tallied new career bests in points, field goals made and attempted, and three-point field goal attempts.  Freshman center Damian Jones was the other Commodore player in double figures with 12 points.

Media Information
Game 4/Vanderbilt (2-1) vs. Providence (4-0)
St. Thomas, USVI - USVI Sport and Fitness Center - 5:30 p.m. CT
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent:  David Shumate (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV: CBS Sports Network
TV Talent: Danny Lee (pxp), Kevin Lehman (analyst), Monyka Johnigan (sidelines)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 200
Live Stats: paradisejam.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record:  Vanderbilt leads series, 1-0.
Last Meeting:  Vanderbilt win, 72-66, at Providence, 11/9/98
Record at Vanderbilt:  NA
Record at Providence:  VU leads 1-0
Record at Neutral Site:  NA
Coach Stallings vs. Providence:  Coach Stallings has never faced Providence as a head coach.

The Paradise Jam and Preseason Touranments

The Commodores will participate in the ezybonds Paradise Jam for the first time in the program’s history November 22-25 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  Vanderbilt has been quite successful in preseason tournaments, winning three preseason tournaments since 2007 - in 2007, the Commodores won the South Padre Island Invitational, in 2008, the Cancun Challenge, and in 2012, the TicketCity Legends Classic in New Jersey.

Back to Back Big East

Vanderbilt will be taking on their second consecutive Big East opponent Friday when they take on Providence.  The Commodores took on new member Butler on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and dropped an 85-77 overtime decision to the Bulldogs.  Vanderbilt has a record of 15-31 all-time against current members of the Big East Conference.

About Providence

  • Providence is 4-0 on the season after defeating Vermont, 70-49, on November 18.  The Friars are looking to go 5-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season, when Rick Barnes was the head coach.
  • Bryce Cotton leads all Friar scorers with 20.0 points per game.  LaDontae Henton (17.3), Kadeem Batts (15.3), and Tyler Harris (10.8) also average double figures for Providence.
  • This will be second meeting all-time between the two schools.  Vanderbilt won a 72-66 meeting on November 9, 1998, in Providence at the CoSida Classic.
  • The Friars have held their last two opponents to under 50 points.

Eric McClellan Has Career Night

Sophomore guard Eric McClellan tallied a career-high 29 points in Vanderbilt’s last time out at Butler.  McClellan, a transfer from Tulsa, also added six rebounds and three assists, and attempted a career-high 16 free throws.  McClellan is Vanderbilt’s leading scorer, averaging 20.0 points per contest.

Damian Jones Not Playing Like A Freshman

Freshman post player Damian Jones is having quite the start to his career, averaging 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, whle shooting 75% from the floor (12-16).

Rod Odom Off To A Fast Start

Senior forward Rod Odom is second on the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game, and is shooting 53.3% from the floor and 57.1% from three this year.

James Siakam Bulls His Way To First Career Double-Double

Redshirt junior forward James Siakam tallied his first career double-double with a 18-point, 13-rebound performance against Lipscomb.  He leads the team with a 7.5 rebound average, and is shooting 76.9% from the floor on the year (10-13).

Three-Point Streak Still Alive

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 868 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.

Commodores in the SEC

The Commodores are ranked in the top five in the SEC in field goal percentage (3rd, .523), 3-point percentage (3rd, .418), rebounding defense (5th, 32.0/game), assists (T-4th, 15.3), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), and three-pointers made (T-1st, 7.7 per game).  Individually, Eric McClellan is sixth in scoring (20.0 ppg) and third in minutes (33.7), Rod Odom is ninth in field goal % (.533), 4th in 3-pt field goal % (.571), 1st in threes made (4.0/game), tied for 9th in defensive rebounds (5.0), and 2nd in minutes (35.7), Kyle Fuller is third in assists (4.7), and Dai-Jon Parker is 2nd in 3-point FG % (.600).

Up Next

The ezybonds Paradise Jam.  A win against Providence sends the Commodores to a Sunday game with the winner of LaSalle and Morgan State for a 8 p.m. CT start on CBS Sports Network.  A loss and Vanderbilt plays the loser of the LaSalle/Morgan State, with the game aired live on ParadiseJam.com and on YouTube. Read more about the Paradise Jam and YouTube here


 

 

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