Dec. 7, 2010
The Vanderbilt Commodores, riding a five-game win streak, will hit the road for their first true road contest of the season when they take on #15/11 Missouri in Columbia at 8 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on the Vanderbilt Sports Network from IMG College and vucommodores.com.
The game will be also be televised nationally on ESPNU, with Clay Matvick and Hubert Davis on the call.
Series Info: Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 3-1. The Commodores lead 2-0 in games at Memorial Gym and 1-0 in games played on neutral floors. Missouri leads 1-0 in Columbia.
Last Meeting: Vanderbilt won an 89-83 decision last season at Memorial Gym (12/2/09).
Head Coaches: Kevin Stallings is in his 12th year at Vanderbilt (220-138) and his 18th overall (342-201). Mike Anderson is in his fifth season at Missouri (94-47) and ninth year overall (183-88).
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: Clay Matvick; Color: Hubert Davis
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The Commodores ran their win streak to five with an 85-76 win over Belmont Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym. Center Festus Ezeli had his first-ever 20-point, 10-rebound game with a 24-point, 10-rebound effort against the Bruins. It was also his second career double-double. He was named the SEC Player of the Week for his exploits against Western Kentucky and Belmont last week.
Vanderbilt recorded its 700th win in Memorial Gym.
Vanderbilt has now made a three-pointer in 770 consecutive games, a streak that began in 1986, the first year of the three-point line.
Festus Ezeli's 24 points and 10 rebounds marked the first time a Commodore has recorded a 20-10 game since A.J. Ogilvy had 20 points and 12 rebounds against Alabama on February 5, 2009.
Five Commodores scored in double-figures, the first time it has happened since Jeffery Taylor (18), A.J. Ogilvy (14), John Jenkins (13), Brad Tinsley (13), and Darshawn McClellan (11) did so against Arkansas on February 27, 2010.
Vanderbilt's 45 free throw attempts are the most in the Stallings era, breaking the previous high of 40 set against Kentucky on February 17, 2009 and Boston College on December 30, 2000.
The Commodores shot a season-high 50.0% from the three-point line.
Vanderbilt has trailed at the half three times this season with this game being the first time trailing in Memorial Gym.
The Commodores are now 2-1 when trailing at halftime.
Vanderbilt is 5-0 when outrebounding opponents and has now pushed its rebounding margin in the four-game homestand to +15.5.
Festus Ezeli had a career-high 24 points, topping his previous best of 18 set against Appalachian State on November 27.
Ezeli's 24 points and 10 rebounds mark his first-career 20-10 game.
Ezeli's 10 made free throws were a career-high, breaking his previous best of seven made against Grambling State on November 24.
Festus Ezeli had a career-high four steals, breaking his previous high of one.
Ezeli recorded his second-career double-double with the last one coming against Grambling State on November 24.
Jeffery Taylor had a season-high eight rebounds, topping his previous high of seven set against North Carolina on November 21.
Rod Odom is five-for-five from beyond the arc in the past two games.
Missouri is 6-1 so far this season, with their only loss coming in a 111-102 overtime decision to Georgetown on a neutral floor in Kansas City. The Tigers defeated Oregon in Eugene in their last time out on December 2, 83-80.
Marcus Denmon leads five Tigers in double-figures with 16.4 points per game. Ricardo Ratliffe (12.4), Laurence Bowers (11.1), Michael Dixon (10.9), and Kim English (10.4) also average double-digits for Missouri. Ratliffe leads the team in rebounding with 8.3 per game.
The Missouri Series
The Commodores lead the all-time series, 3-1, with the Tigers, with their only loss in the series coming in the last time the game was played in Columbia in the 1958-59 campaign (L, 72-78). Wednesday's contest is the back end of a home-and-home with the Tigers. The two teams played in Memorial Gym last December.
Ezeli Claims VU's Third SEC POTW Nod
Center Festus Ezeli was honored by the SEC office on Monday with his first career SEC Player of the Week award for his play against Belmont and Western Kentucky last week. Ezeli averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the two Commodore wins.
The three awards in the first four weeks of the season mark the first time since the honor's inception in 1985 that one school has won three out of the first four awards.
Stallings Versus Missouri
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is 1-0 all-time against Missouri, with the win coming in last year's 89-83 win over the Tigers in Memorial Gym on December 2.
Stallings In Non-Conference Play
Entering his 12th season at the helm of the Commodores, Kevin Stallings is 136-46 in non-confernce games and an astounding 100-8 in home non-conference games.
Vanderbilt Vs. The Big 12
Vanderbilt is 39-20 all-time in games against the current members of the Big 12, and are 1-0 against the conference so far this season (59-49 win over Nebraska in Puerto Rico).
VU Wins 700 At Memorial Gym
The Commodores got their 700th win at Memorial Gym with Saturday's win over Belmont. VU has posted a 700-188 (.788) all-time record at the 59-year old facility. Memorial Gym is the oldest basketball building in use in the Southeastern Conference.
First Road Test For Commodores
Wednesday's contest is Vanderbilt's first true road game of the 2010-11 season - VU has one more non-conference road game at Middle Tennessee State on December 21.
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 (79.4), scoring margin (+16.2), free throw percentage (.761) 3FG% defense (28.0%), rebounding margin (+9.6), and assists (15.8), second in field goal percentage (.470), and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.379) and threes made (8.0 per game).
Commodores Vs. Ranked Opponents
Vanderbilt's game with Missouri is their second against a ranked opponent this season.
Vanderbilt knocked off a top 10 team earlier this year (#8 North Carolina at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off) for the first time since defeating number one Tennessee, 72-69, on Feb. 26, 2008. The Commodores are now 82-101 in games against teams in the AP Top 25 all-time (since 1949)
In the Stallings' era, Vanderbilt is now 27-47 in games against ranked opponents.
In the 61-year history of the AP Poll, VU is 18-122 in road games against ranked opponents, however, their last win on the road came against #14 Tennessee last year in Knoxville, 85-76.
The win over North Carolina was Vanderbilt's first over a ranked opponent in November in the Stallings era, and the first since defeating #4 UCLA, 75-71, on November 22, 1995.
3-Point Streak Continues Through 21st Season; VU One Of Three Teams To Hit A Trey In Every Game Since 1986-87 Season
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 770 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV (778) for the longest streak in Division I basketball. Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton (655) 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.