Dec. 3, 2010
The Vanderbilt Commodores will welcome Belmont University to Memorial Gym on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. CT tip-off. The game can be heard on the Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College and vucommodores.com.
The game will be also be televised regionally on CSS, with Matt Stewart and Barry Booker on the call. Series Info:
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 3-0. The Commodores lead 2-0 in games at Memorial Gym and 1-0 in games played at Belmont.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt knocked off Belmont in the first game at the Curb Event Center on the Belmont campus, 74-59, on November 21, 2003.
Head Coaches: Kevin Stallings is in his 12th year at Vanderbilt (219-138) and his 18th overall (341-201). Rick Byrd is in his 25th season at Belmont (494-274) and 30th overall (586-329).
Radio: Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College (WRQQ - 97.1 FM); vucommodores.com
Play-by-Play: Joe Fisher (13th year); Color: Tim Thompson (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Matt Stewart; Color: Barry Booker
Vanderbilt-Western Kentucky Tidbits
The Commodores ran their win streak to four with an 82-62 win over Western Kentucky Wednesday night at Memorial Gym. John Jenkins led four Commodores in double-figures with 21 points, his fifth 20-point outing of the season.
- Western Kentucky's 17 first-half points were the least Vanderbilt has allowed since heading into the half up 31-17 on Middle Tennessee State on November 24, 2008.
- Vanderbilt recorded a season-high seven steals, the most since taking away eight against Florida on March 2, 2010.
- The Commodores had a season-high 23 assists, breaking the previous best of 22 set against Presbyterian on November 12, 2010.
- Vanderbilt's 11 three-point field goals are the most since making 12 against Tennessee State on December 19, 2009.
- Vanderbilt forced Western Kentucky into 22 turnovers, matching a season-high set against North Carolina on November 21.
- Vanderbilt outrebounded Western Kentucky, 34-32, pushing their rebounding margin in the three-game homestand to +16.0.
- Largest lead: Vanderbilt 24; Lead Changes: 0; Ties: 0
- Freshman Rod Odom made a career-high three three-point buckets; fellow freshman Kyle Fuller made his first career three-point basket.
- Lance Goulbourne had a career high three steals, breaking his previous best of two which happened on three occasions.- Andre Walker had a career-high eight assists, topping his previous best of seven.
- Festus Ezeli had three blocked shots for the eighth time in his career.
- For the third time this season, John Jenkins made five three-point baskets. Jenkins had 21 or more points for the third consecutive game; it was Jenkins' fifth 20-point game this season.
Belmont is riding a five-game winning streak into Saturday afternoon's contest at Memorial Gym after knocking off Mercer, 89-67, in an early-season A-Sun matchup. The Bruins' lone loss came in a tough decision at Tennessee in their opening game of the season (11/16).
Ian Clark leads three Belmont players in double-figures, averaging 13.7 points per game. Mick Hedgepeth adds 13.0, and Scott Saunders pours in 11.8 points per game. Hedgepeth leads the Bruins on the glass with a 6.3 rebounding average.
Stallings Versus Belmont
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 3-0 all-time against Belmont, with two wins coming at home (1999, 2000) and one at Belmont in 2003. The game at Belmont opened the Curb Event Center.
VU Nears 700 Memorial Gym Wins
The Commodores have posted a 699-188 (.788) all-time record at the 59-year old facility. Memorial Gym is the oldest basketball building in use in the Southeastern Conference.
Commodores Near The Top In A Number Of SEC Categories
Although it's in the early goings of the 2010-11 campaign, Vanderbilt has asserted itself near the top of the SEC team rankings in a number of different categories. The Commodores rank first in scoring margin (+17.3), 3FG% defense (27.5%), and assists (16.4), second in scoring (78.6), 3FG made (8.3), and rebound margin (+9.0), and third in FG% (46.6%).