Dec. 1, 2011
Vanderbilt basketball takes on their second consecutive ranked opponent and tackles their first true road game of the season when the Commodores play #6/6-ranked Louisville Friday night in the Big East/SEC Invitational at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. CT, and can be seen live nationally on ESPN and heard on the radio on the Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College.
The Commodores are looking to rebound from an 82-70 overtime loss to 12th-ranked Xavier Monday night at Memorial Gym. John Jenkins led Vanderbilt with 20 points, while Jeffery Taylor and Lance Goulbourne each had 18 points for the Commodores.
Series Record: Louisville leads 8-7.
Last Meeting: UofL won a 78-62 game at Freedom Hall on Feb. 6, 1994.
Record at Vanderbilt: 4-2
Record at Louisville: 3-5
Record at Neutral Site: 0-1
Coach Stallings vs. Louisville: Coach Stallings has never faced Louisville.
Radio: Vanderiblt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
TV Talent: Dave O’Brien (pxp), Jimmy Dykes (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
More on the Louisville series
- Friday’s meeting will be the 16th all-time in the series. Louisville leads the series, 8-7, and 5-3 at games played in Louisville.
- The last meeting came on Feb. 6, 1994, a game UofL won a 78-62 at Freedom Hall.
- Redshirt junior guard Jordan Smart (Lexington) and senior Aaron Noll (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) are the only two Vanderbilt players from the state of Kentucky.
- Coach Stallings has never faced Louisville.
- Vanderbilt has a 25-38 all-time record against schools that currently comprise the Big East.
More on Louisville
The Cardinals are 6-0 on the season after defeating Long Beach State, 79-66, in their last time out. Kyle Kuric leads Louisville in scoring with 12.0 points per game, which Chane Behanan leads the team on the glass with 8.7 rebounds per game.
Last Big East/SEC Invitational Game
Came against South Florida on December 16, 2008, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Vanderbilt defeated the Bulls, 71-52. Current Commodores Jeffery Taylor, Brad Tinsley, and Steve Tchiengang all started in that game, while Lance Goulbourne came off of the bench.
- Vanderbilt is 5-2 on the season after an 82-70 overtime loss to Xavier Friday at Memorial Gym. The Commodores were led by John Jenkins, who scored 20 points, along with Lance Goulbourne, who tied a career-high with 18 points, and Jeffery Taylor, who also added 18 points.
- Jenkins leads the SEC in scoring with 20.2 points per game.
- The Commodores held Xavier to 37.8% from the floor, its best defensive performance of the season.
- Vanderbilt was outrebounded, 54-33, and Xavier scored 15 second-chance points, compared to nine for VU.
- Friday’s game will be Vanderbilt’s first true road game of the season.
- The Commodores have played a consensus Top-10 non-conference schedule so far this season, and still have Big East members Louisville and Marquette (Dec. 29) on the docket. Both will be on the road. Also awaiting VU is Southern Conference contender Davidson (Dec. 7), Missouri Valley favorite Indiana State (Dec. 17), and Sun Belt Conference contender Middle Tennessee State (Jan. 28).
- Although the Commodores shot a season-high 75.0% from the charity stripe against the Musketeers, VU is only shooting 65.8% from the free-throw line this season. VU’s last season under 70% from the charity stripe was 2005-06 (.697).
- Senior center Festus Ezeli’s six-game suspension for accepting impermissable benefits expired 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.
- For the season, Vanderbilt is allowing opponents to shoot 45.6% from the floor, which is currently the worst defensive percentage in the SEC. Offensively, the Commodores are shooting 45.7% from the floor and 34.3% from three.
Last Time Out - Xavier 82, Vanderbilt 70 (OT)
John Jenkins scored 20 points, and Lance Goulbourne and Jeffery Taylor each added 18 points, but it was not enough, as 12th-ranked Xavier came away with an 82-70 overtime win at Memorial Gym on Monday. The Commodores went the final 3:56 of regulation without scoring, and were outscored 16-4 in the overtime period by the Musketeers.
- VU had a season high in blocks as a team (10).
- First overtime game this season. Team was 0-3 last season in overtime appearances in 2010-11.
- Last OT win was a 96-94 win over Georgia on 2/25/10 at Memorial.
- Vanderbilt held Xavier to a 37.8% shooting percentage, their best defensive performance of the season.
- The Musketeers outrebounded Vanderbilt, 54-33, and outscored the Commodores, 15-9, in second chance points.
- Xavier attempted 10 more field goals than Vanderbilt – 74-64.
- The Commodores shot 75% from the charity stripe, compared to 74.1% for Xavier. Xavier attempted 15 more free throws than the Commodores.
- Vanderbilt moved to 0-1 in gold uniforms.
- Vanderbilt has made more threes than their opponent in every game but one this season (Cleveland State).
- Goulbourne tied his career high of 18 points. He also added seven rebounds.
- Jenkins scored 20 points, his sixth double-digit game of the season, and his 39th consecutive game. It is also his third 20+ point game of the season and 34th of his career.
- Lowest points Tinsley has been held to all season (2), but he sets a new season high in assists (7).
- Jenkins set a new career high for rebounds (7).
- Tchiengang was the first Dore to foul out this year.
- Josh Henderson set a new career high in minutes with 18.
- Jeffery Taylor scored 18 points, the first time this season Vanderbilt has lost when he scores 15 or more points.
Record against Ranked Opponents
Vanderbilt has an 85-207 record all-time against ranked opponents, and a 59-69 record against ranked opponents at home. In the Stallings era, Vanderbilt is 31-52 against ranked foes, and 22-18 in games at Memorial Gym. In 2010-11, Vanderbilt was 3-4 against ranked opponents and 3-1 at Memorial Gym. Louisville is the second consecutive ranked team Vanderbilt has played - Xavier was the first ranked team VU has faced this season.