After a two-game road trip to the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Commodores return home to the friendly confines of Memorial Gym to take on the Radford Highlanders. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on the SEC Network, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network, and online on vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt fell to 2-4 on the season after dropping two games at the NIT Season Tip Off in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Virginia and Seton Hall, over the Thanksgiving break. Senior Jeff Roberson led the team in scoring (13.0) and rebounding (8.0) at the NIT Season Tip-Off and was named to the event’s All-Tournament team. He posted a 20-point, 13-rebound performance against Seton Hall.
So far this season, Matthew Fisher-Davis is the team’s leading scorer with 13.8 points per game. Roberson, who has four double-doubles on the season, is next with 13.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while Riley LaChance pitches in 10.8 points per game and is shooting 46.7% from three on the season.
Roberson is second in the SEC in rebounding and first in defensive rebounding, and began the season with three straight double-doubles, the first time a Commodore has had three straight double-doubles since Dan Langhi in 1998. He leads the SEC in double doubles with four.
Vanderbilt (2-4) vs. Radford
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 7:00 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
TV Talent: Matt Stewart (pxp), Dane Bradshaw (analyst)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 138, XM 382
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: First meeting.
Last Meeting: NA
Record at Vanderbilt: NA
Record at Radford: NA
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Drew vs. Radford: Coach Drew has never faced Radford.
More information on the Radford series
- Radford enters the game with a 3-2 overall record, with wins over Georgia Southwestern, East Carolina, and James Madison. The Highlanders’ two losses came by 10 points on the road at Ohio State and by three at Elon.
- Guard Carlik Jones leads the Highlanders in scoring with 12.8 points per game. Ed Polite, Jr., and Donald Hicks also average double figures with 12.0 and 11.2 points per game, respectively.
- This will be the first ever meeting between the Commodores and Highlanders.
Vanderbilt Quick Hitters
- Fisher-Davis’ scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Vanderbilt’s last game at Memorial Gym against USC - his 30-10 game was Vanderbilt’s first since A.J. Ogilvy in 2009 (33 and 10, at LSU, 3/4/09).
- Vanderbilt shot their best percentage of the season against USC - 50.9%. The Commodores also had season highs in three-point percentage (.478) and threes made (11).
- Vanderbilt will meet Radford for the first time on Tuesday.
- Freshman Saben Lee, who had five assists against UNC Asheville, leads the team in assists.
- 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.
- Vanderbilt has two 1,000-point scorers on their roster - Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis, with Jeff Roberson 90 points away from the 1,000-point mark. LaChance is 2nd in the SEC in returning scorers while Fisher-Davis is third behind Georgia’s Yante Maten.
- 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.
- 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.
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%
Career and Single-Season Lists
Matthew Fisher-Davis is 8th in 3’s made in a career with 242. 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 610 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 1,005 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.