#19/16 MBB squares off against #5/7 Kansas for Maui title Wednesday

Nov. 25, 2015

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After knocking off Wake Forest, 86-64, in the semifinal of the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Tuesday, the Commodores will go for their second Maui Invitational title on Wednesday when they face off against #5/7 Kansas in the finals of the tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. CT, and and all of the action can be seen live on ESPN and heard on the Vanderbilt IMG Sports Radio Network.

Game 6/#19/16 Vanderbilt (5-0) vs. #5/7 Kansas (3-1)
Lahaina, Hawaii – Lahaina Civic Center – 9 p.m. CT
TV Talent: Sean McDonough (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Live Stats: vucommodores.com
Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB

Series Information
Series Record: Series tied at two.
Last Meeting: Kansas won, 89-82, at the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu on 12/29/97.
Record at Vanderbilt: 1-0.
Record at Kansas: 1-0.
Record at Neutral Site: 0-2.
Coach Stallings vs. KU: Coach Stallings has never faced Kansas.

Quick Hitters

  • #19/16 Vanderbilt moved to 5-0 on the season with an 86-64 win over Wake Forest in the semifinals of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Junior center Damian Jones garnered his first double-double of his career and seventh of his career and tied a team high in points scored with 17 points and led all players with 10 rebounds. Wade Baldwin IV tallied 17 points, and sophomore forward Jeff Roberson scored 10 points and had 7 rebounds in the win over the Demon Deacons.
  • In their fifth appearance Maui, the win over Wake Forest moves Vanderbilt’s all-time record at the tournament to 10-4. Vanderbilt won the tournament in 1986 behind future five-time NBA Title winner Will Perdue. The Commodores also appeared in 1988, 1995, and 2009.
  • Vanderbilt started the game on a 21-5 run against the Demon Deacons, their second consecutive quick start in the tournament. The Commodores started the quarterfinal game against St. John’s on a 27-4 run.
  • Vanderbilt has never trailed in the tournament.
  • Four Commodores are averaging double figures on the season, with Baldwin leading the way with 14.0 ppg. Jones (11.4), Roberson (11.3), and Luke Kornet (10.6) also average double figures.
  • Eight players have scored in double figures in a game this season – Baldwin, Kornet, Roberson, Jones, LaChance, Fisher-Davis, Cressler, and Justice.
  • The Commodores shot 49.2% of their shots from the field, 41.2% from three, and 77.3% from the free throw line, while limiting the Demon Deacons to 32.8% from the floor, 16.7% from three, and 71.9% from the charity stripe.
  • Vanderbilt out rebounded the Demon Deacons, 43-37. Wake Forest entered the game with a +10 rebounding margin.
  • For the tournament, Vanderbilt has dominated opponents in their two games played. The Commodores have a scoring margin of +29.5, a rebounding margin of +14.5, and have shot 51.2% from the floor, 45.2% from three, and 72.1% from the free throw line. Vanderbilt’s defensive effort has been just as stout, limiting opponents to a 31.4% from the field and 14.7% from three.
  • Vanderbilt has 35 assists against only 19 turnovers in the turnovers. Opponents have 20 turnovers and only 13 assists in the two games.
  • On the season, the Commodores are averaging 87.0 points per game and limiting opponents to 58.0 points per game.
  • Three Commodores are shooting 50% or better from three on the season with at least six makes – Baldwin (8-15, .533), Jeff Roberson (4-7, .571), and Camron Justice (6-12, .500).
  • From the field, Vanderbilt has seven players that are shooting 50% or better on the season – Baldwin (.533), Jones (.522), Roberson (.619), LaChance (.514), Nolan Cressler (.524), Joe Toye (.625), and Justice (.500).
  • Head Coach Kevin Stallings, the school’s all-time winningest coach, is in his 17th season with the Commodores and 22nd overall as a head coach, and is now the dean of SEC coaches. Stallings has 318 career wins at Vanderbilt and 441 overall as a head coach. He has eight 20-win seasons in the last 12 seasons, with 11 total postseason appearances, six NCAA tournaments, and two Sweet 16’s (2004 and 2007). He is also one of five SEC coaches to win 300 or more games at one institution, joining Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp, Florida’s Billy Donovan, and LSU’s Dale Brown and Harry Rabenhorst, and is now in 6th place all-time on the SEC wins list.
  • Stallings, who coached as an assistant at Kansas under Roy Williams from 1988-93, has never faced the Jayhawks as a head coach.
  • Vanderbilt has an overall record of 88-221 in games versus ranked opponents, and an 8-15 record on neutral floors. Vanderbilt’s last win over a ranked opponent came on March 11, 2012, against number one Kentucky to win the SEC Tournament in New Orleans, and the Commodores have lost eight consecutive games against ranked opponents. VU’s last neutral site ranked game came against Wisconsin (L, 57-60) in 2012 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.
  • It’s early in the 2015-16 season, but the Commodores’ early numbers stack up well in the SEC. Vanderbilt is first in scoring defense (58.8), field goal percentage defense (.342), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.195), turnover margin (+4.8), and in assist/turnover ratio (1.8). The Commodores are second in scoring offense (87.0) and scoring margin (+28.2).

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 936 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.