#18/22 MBB takes on #12/12 Xavier Monday

Nov. 27, 2011

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The #18/22-ranked Vanderbilt men’s basketball face their first ranked opponent of the season when the 12th-ranked Xavier Musketeers come to Memorial Gym for a nationally televised broadcast on ESPN2.  The game tips off at 6 p.m. and can also be heard live on the Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College.

Series Information
Series Record:
  Xavier leads, 4-0.
Last Meeting:
  XU won the last meeting - an 80-68 win in the 1st round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
Record at Vanderbilt:
Record at Xavier:
Record at Neutral Site:
Coach Stallings vs. Xavier:
  Coach Stallings has never faced XU.

Media Information
  Vanderiblt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent:
  Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent:
  Brad Nessler (pxp), Jimmy Dykes (analyst)
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates:

More On The Xavier Series

  • Monday’s meeting will be the fifth in the series.  Xavier leads the all-times series, 4-0.
  • The last meeting came on March 13, 1997, in a first-round NCAA matchup in Auburn Hills, Mich.  Xavier won the game, 80-68.
  • The previous meetings came in 1935-36 (at Xavier, 37-39), and in the 1947-48 campaign (at Xavier, 42-79; in Nashville, 42-62).
  • Xavier senior forward Andre Walker returns to Vanderbilt where he earned three letters and averaged 4.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in his career (2007-11).  Walker earned his Vanderbilt undergraduate degree in May of 2011.
  • Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has never faced Xavier.
  • The Commodores are 19-14 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10.  The last meeting against an Atlantic 10 member was against Richmond last year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament - a game the Spiders won, 69-66, in Denver, Colo.

More On Xavier

The Musketeers are 4-0 on the young season after defeating fellow SEC-member Georgia, 70-56, in their last time out.  Mark Lyons leads four XU players in double-figures with 17.8 points per game.  Travis Taylor leads the team on the boards with 6.8 rebounds per game.

Quick Hitters

  • Vanderbilt moved to 5-1 on the season with a 95-73 win over Monmouth on Friday night.  Junior John Jenkins, the SEC’s leading scorer, led five players in double figures with 18 points.  Brad Tinsley (16), Jeffery Taylor (16), Da-Jon Parker (10), and Josh Henderson (10) each scored in double digits.
  • Tinsley became the third member of the VU starting lineup and 43rd player in Vanderbilt basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier with his 16 points.  John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor are also in the 1,000-point club.
  • The Commodores shot a season-high 57.1% from the floor and 44.0% from beyond-the-arc against Monmouth.
  • VU outrebounded Monmouth, 37-24, and is now 5-0 when outrebounding their opponent.
  • Monmouth shot 44.8% against the Commodores, and for the season, opponents are shooting 47.3% from the floor.
  • Although the Commodores shot a season-high 74.1% from the charity stripe against the Hawks, VU is only shooting 64.9% from the free-throw line this season.  VU’s last season under 70% from the charity stripe was 2005-06 (.697), and the last time VU shot lower than its current free throw percentage for the season was in the 1959-60 campaign (.646).
  • Senior center Festus Ezeli’s six-game suspension for accepting impermissable benefits expires on Monday against the Musketeers, but he is still sidelined with a sprained right knee.  Ezeli is still expected to miss two more weeks with the injury.
  • Senior Steve Tchiengang missed Friday’s game with Monmouth after experiencing concussion-like symptoms in practice last week.  He was injured in the TicketCity Legends Classic final against Oregon St.  Tchiengang’s status is day-to-day.

Three 1,000-point scorers

Brad Tinsley scored 16 points against Monmouth and became the 43rd person to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier, and the second VU player this season to accomplish the feat.  John Jenkins recently surpassed the 1,000-point mark to become the 42nd player earlier this year against Cleveland State.  Jeffery Taylor is the third player in this year’s starting lineup who has 1,000 points - he became the 41st player in Vanderbilt history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier last seaason.

Record Against Ranked Opponents

Vanderbilt has an 85-206 record all-time against ranked opponents, and a 59-68 record against ranked opponents at home.  In the Stallings era, Vanderbilt is 31-51 against ranked foes, and 22-17 in games at Memorial Gym.  In 2010-11, Vanderbilt was 3-4 against ranked opponents and 3-1 at Memorial Gym.  The matchup with Xavier is Vanderbilt’s first against a ranked opponent in 2011-12.

Last Time Out - Vanderbilt 95, Monmouth 73

John Jenkins led five players in double figures with 18 points in a 95-73 win over Monmouth Friday evening at Memorial Gym.  Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley scored 16 points apiece, and freshmen Dai-Jon Parker and Josh Henderson each scored a career-high 10 points in the win.

  • The Commodores shot a season-high 57.1% from the floor and 44.0% from beyond-the-arc against Monmouth
  • Vanderbilt outscored Monmouth, 36-28 in points in the paint, 12-6 in second-chance points, and 34-11 in bench points.
  • The Commodores led by as many as 26 points in the game.
  • Five players scored in double figures for Vanderbilt – Jenkins (18), Tinsley (16), Taylor (16), Parker (10), and Henderson (10).
  • The Commodores are 20-3 when Taylor scores 15 points or more since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.
  • Vanderbilt had more assists (16) than turnovers (15) for the third time this season.
  • VU outrebounded Monmouth, 37-24, and is now 5-0 when outrebounding their opponent.
  • Vanderbilt was 20-27 from the charity stripe (74.1).
  • Senior point guard Brad Tinsley became the third person in the Vanderbilt starting lineup to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier with his 16-point performance against Monmouth (now has 1,000 points).  John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor are also members of the 1,000 point club.
  • John Jenkins scored 18 points on the night, his 38th consecutive game in double figures.
  • Jenkins made three threes in a game for the fourth time this season and the 35th time of his career.
  • Freshman Shelby Moats made his first three-point basket of his career; Moats ended the game with three points, and a career-high six boards.
  • Career highs for Josh Henderson in points (10), field goals made (4), and rebounds (5).
  • Career high points (10) and field goals made (4) for Dai-Jon Parker.
  • Taylor tied his career high with five assists on the night.  He set the career mark earlier this year against North Carolina State.
  • Lance Goulbourne grabbed 10 boards, his first double-digit rebound game of the season, and the 11th of his career.
  • Sophomore point guard Kyle Fuller notched a season-best four assists.

Jenkins Leads SEC in Scoring, 3’s Made

Junior guard John Jenkins leads the SEC in scoring with 20.2 points per game, and also paces the league in three’s made per game at 4.0 per game.

Commodores on Television

Vanderbilt will appear on television 25 times in the regular season, with 17 slated for national broadcasts.  The two games this week against Xavier and Louisville will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN, respectively.








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