Men's Basketball
#18/21 Butler next up for 'Dores

Dec. 28, 2012

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Vanderbilt men's basketball closes out the 2012 year with a visit from nationally ranked Butler on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gym.  The game will be televised on ESPNU, and the game can be heard live on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in the middle Tennessee area and online at vucommodores.com.  Tickets are available in the Vanderbilt student section of the building for $22, and can be purchased by calling 615-322-GOLD or by visiting vucommodores.com.

Game 11/VANDERBILT (5-5) vs. BUTLER (9-2)
Saturday, December 29 - 7 p.m. CST
Nashville, Tenn. - Memorial Gym (14,316)
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent:  Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio:  Sirius 149, XM 201
TV:  ESPNU
Radio Talent:   Jim Barbar (pxp), Seth Greenberg (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record: Butler leads 3-0.
Last Meeting:  Butler won the last meeting at Butler, 39-14, in the 1929-30 season.
Record at Vanderbilt:  NA
Record at Butler:  Butler leads 3-0.
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Stallings vs. Butler:  Coach Stallings is 0-1 vs. Butler.

About Butler

  • Butler enters the game with a 9-2 overall record, with the Bulldogs riding a six-game winning streak, which dates back to the finals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational (loss to Illinois).
  • Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke leads four players in double figures with a 17.7 ppg average.  In Clarke’s last trip to Memorial Gym, he scored 36 points, including 6-8 from three, in a Razorbacks’ win (89-78, 1/29/11).
  • One of Butler’s losses this season was at Xavier on 11/13 (62-47).  Vanderbilt knocked off XU at Cintas Center, 66-64, on 12/6.
  • VU is 0-3 all-time against Butler, with the last meeting coming in the 1929-30 season.  All previous games were held at Butler.
  • This is the first of a home-and-home series between the two schools.

Stallings One Win Away From Becoming Memorial Gym All-Time Wins Leader

Coach Kevin Stallings is one win away from becoming the all-time wins leader at Memorial Gym.  Stallings sits at 181 wins and is tied with Vanderbilt legend Roy Skinner for the all-time lead in wins at the legendary facility.  The Commodores are 3-1 at Memorial Gym this season, and in the Stallings' era, Vanderbilt is 114-12 in his 14 years at the helm in non-conference action at the facility.

Commodores Rank Low In Experience

Vanderbilt is ranked 320 among the 347 Division I basketball playing schools in terms of experience on the roster by kenpom.com. Vanderbilt has no seniors and only two juniors on this year’s roster.

'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 842 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV 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.

Percentage of Threes

41.7% of Vanderbilt’s attempts from the floor are threes, which ranks 21st out of 347 Division I teams.  Butler also attempts a high percentage of threes at 37.5%.

Kedren Johnson Ranks In Several SEC Categories

Sophomore point guard Kedren Johnson is in the top 10 in the SEC in several categories, including: 

Scoring - 3rd (17.9)
FG% - 7th (.489)
Steals - 8th (1.9)
3FG% - 5th (.400)
3FG Made - 5th (2.4)  
Min. Played - 2nd (34.6)

Guards Logging Heavy Minutes

Both starting guards, Kyle Fuller and Kedren Johnson, are 1-2 in the SEC in minutes played, with Fuller playing an average of 35.1 minutes per game, while Johnson is logging 34.6 minutes per contest.

Home Sweet Home

Vanderbilt’s next three games will be at home at Memorial Gym, and four of the next five.  The Commodores’ next road trip is a game at Arkansas on January 12.


 

 

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