Nashville, TN – The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Starkville, Mississippi this weekend to take on Mississippi State, as their road swing continues in the SEC.† The game tips at 12:47pmCT and will be televised on the SEC Network, along with the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores are coming off of a 74-70 loss at Kentucky on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena.† Four Vanderbilt players scored in double figures against the Wildcats, with sophomore guard Kedren Johnson leading the way with 17 points and seven assists.† Junior Rod Odom added 16 points and made four three pointers, which tied a career high.† Odom has connected on eight threes in his last two games.
Four Commodores scored in double figures (Johnson, Odom, Fuller, Henderson) for the first time since a 73-61 win over Auburn on Jan. 23rd.† The Commodores only had seven turnovers on the night. † Kentucky outshot VU, 51.8% to 44.2%.† Rod Odom tied a career-high with four made threes.† Odom has made eight threes in his last two games.† Henderson tied his career high with 13 points.
Kentucky outscored Vanderbilt, 38-24, in points in the paint.† Kentucky outrebounded the Commodores, 36-30, including 11-9 on the offensive glass.
Vanderbilt moved to 4-2 on the season when scoring 70 or more points, and 0-5 in games in which their opponent scores 70 or more.
Mississippi State enters the game with a 7-18 overall record and a 2-11 mark in SEC play.†† The two teams will meet for the 120th time, with the Commodores holding a 74-45 overall advantage in the series. † However, the Bulldogs own a 31-23 lead over Vanderbilt in games played in Starkville.
The Bulldogs are led by Craig Sword, who averages 10.0 points per contest.
Coach Stallings is 7-9 all-time against Missisippi State as a head coach, and got his first victory at Humphrey Coliseum in the Doresí last trip to Starkville in 2011.† Before the league expanded to 14 teams, Stallings had won at every SEC venue, with the Hump being the last venue that he had not won.
The Commodores got 21 points from John Jenkins and 19 points from Jeffery Taylor, but it was not enough as Mississippi State escaped from Memorial Gym with a 78-77 overtime win over Vanderbilt Saturday.† Lance Goulbourne added 12 points and Festus Ezeli chipped in his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Mississippi St. opened up the second half with an 18-2 run.† John Jenkins hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining to tie the game at 68 to help send things into overtime.† Jeffery Taylorís free throw at the 1:52 mark in OT gave Vanderbilt its first lead since MSUís Renardo Sidney made a layup with 17:44 remaining in the second half to tie the game at 39.
Vanderbiltís 14 three-point buckets are the most against an SEC opponent since hitting 15 on March 5, 2008 versus Mississippi State. Mississippi State outrebounded Vanderbilt, 37-33, for the game and 12-5 on the offensive glass.†† John Jenkins led the team in scoring with 21 points while Festus Ezeli had a team and career-high 14 rebounds.† Brad Tinsleyís five assists led all Vanderbilt players.
Of the nine league losses this season, one has gone to overtime (Ole Miss), two were by four points (Alabama, led by 11 with seven minutes to go, at Kentucky), one was by two points (Kentucky at home), and a pair of games by one point (at Tennessee, at LSU).