Nashville, TN – The Commodores’ men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time in the 2013-14 season when they travel to Indianapolis to take on Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse Tuesday night at 5:00pm CT. The game will air on Fox Sports 1, and the radio broadcast can be heard on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.
The Commodores moved to 2-0 on the season with an 80-69 win over cross-town opponent Lipscomb on November 15th at Memorial Gym. Senior forward Rod Odom scored 20 points to lead four Vanderbilt players in double figures, and junior James Siakam tallied the first double-double of his career with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Vanderbilt outrebounded the Bisons, 42-26, and shot 53.2% from the floor for the game.
The Commodores will play Butler in Indianapolis for the first time since the 1924-25 season and for the fifth time overall. Tuesday’s meeting is the back end of a home and home agreement between the two schools, which began last season at Memorial Gym.
Butler is now 2-0 on the season after defeating Princeton, 70-67, Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs also have a win over Lamar in 2013-14.
Kellen Dunham leads Butler in scoring on the season, averaging 19.5 points per game. Khyle Marshall (11.5), Kameron Woods (11.0), and Erik Fromm (10.0) also average double figure points. Marshall and Woods leads the Bulldogs on the glass, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game apiece.
Head coach Brandon Miller is in his first season at Butler.
The Commodores’ have tallied 80 points in both games this season, and are averaging 83.0 points per game in the team’s two games. Vanderbilt scored 80 points once in 2012-13, and surpassed the 75-point barrier only three times last year.
Senior forward Rod Odom leads the team with 19.5 points per game, and is shooting 59.1% from the floor and 64.3% from three this year.
Redshirt junior forward James Siakam tallied his first career double-double with a 18-point, 13-rebound performance against Lipscomb. He leads the team with a 7.5 rebound average, and is shooting 76.9% from the floor on the year (10-13).