The Commodores return to the Memorial Gym floor this Sunday afternoon when they welcome Kansas State to Nashville. Tip time is set for 1:30 p.m. CT, with the game airing live on SEC Network +, on the radio with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network, and online on vucommodores.com.
Vanderbilt improved to 3-4 on the season last Tuesday at Memorial Gym after a 74-62 win over Radford. Senior guard Riley LaChance led the way for the Commodores, posting a career-high 27 points. LaChance was 7-11 from the floor and a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. Senior forward Jeff Roberson also scored in double figures with 14 points while also adding nine rebounds.
This will be the 10th meeting between the two schools, with Kansas State holding a 5-4 overall advantage in the series. The last meeting in the series came on March 28, 1994, in the semifinals of the NIT, when the Commodores knocked off the Wildcats, 82-76, at Ma
Vanderbilt (3-4) vs. Kansas State (6-1)
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym - 1:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network +
TV Talent: Kevin Ingram (pxp), Shan Foster (analyst)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 191
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Series Record: Kansas State leads, 5-4
Last Meeting: VU win, 82-76, on March 28, 1994, in the semifinals of the NIT.
Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads, 3-2
Record at Kansas St.: KSU leads, 3-0
Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 1-0
Coach Drew vs. K State: Coach Drew has never faced Kansas State.
More information on the Kansas State series
- Kansas State enters the game with a 6-1 record after defeating Oral Roberts on November 29, 77-68, at Bramlage Coliseum.
- The Wildcats are two points away (92-90 loss to Arizona State) from being undefeated.
- Kamau Stokes leads a very balanced offensive attack with 14.4 points per game. Barry Brown (14.3), Dean Wade (14.0), and Xavier Sneed (10.7) also average double figures.
- This is the first game of a home-and-home series between the two teams.
- Vanderbilt associate head coach Roger Powell, Jr., played for current Kansas State coach Bruce Weber at the University of Illinois in his junior (2003-04) and senior seasons (2004-05), where the Illini combined to post a 63-9 record and a national championship appearance in 2004-05, where Illinois lost to eventual national champion North Carolina but finished with a 37-2 overall record that season.
Roberson leads Commodores
Jeff Roberson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Roberson also leads the SEC in double doubles with four. Riley LaChance pitches in 13.1 points per game and is shooting 48.6% from three on the season, and Matthew Fisher Davis adds 12.7 points per game.
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.
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.
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).
- The Commodores have already played three ranked opponents this season in USC (#10/#10), Virginia (RV/#25), and Seton Hall (#20/#20). According to KenPom.com, Vanderbilt has the 47th toughest schedule so far in the nation and the sixth-toughest among Power Five schools (Texas A&M 13, North Carolina 27, Wisconsin, 31, Arkansas 37, Missouri 38).
- Vanderbilt’s next three games are against Kansas State (Ken Pom #43), Middle Tennessee (#86), and at Arizona State (#57).
- This season’s non-conference schedule features eight games against teams who played in the postseason a year ago. Five opponents, USC, 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.
- Freshman Saben Lee leads the team in assists with 2.9 per game.
- 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 76 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.
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 243. Riley LaChance’s 48.6% from three clip in 2016-17 is Vanderbilt’s 3rd-best all-time. LaChance is currently shooting 48.6% this year from three.
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 1,006 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.