Commodores travel to Arkansas Tuesday

Vanderbilt men’s basketball will play their second consecutive game on the road when the Commodores travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday night. The game will begin at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Commodore fans can also tune into the game on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on WLAC 1510 AM and 98.3 FM, and online on and the vucommodores app.

Vanderbilt dropped to 9-12 overall and 0-8 in SEC play after a 77-67 defeat at Missouri on Saturday evening in Columbia, Mo.  Freshman Aaron Nesmith tallied 19 points to lead the Commodores, with sophomore Saben Lee also adding 15 points.

Lee leads the Commodores in scoring with 13.6 points per game.  In his last six contests, Lee is averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game, and is shooting 47.6% from the floor (30-63) and 46.2% from three (6-13).  He tied a career-high with 24 points at Oklahoma.

Vanderbilt and Arkansas will meet twice this season.  The Razorbacks play in Nashville on March 6.  2019 marks the fifth consecutive season the Commodores have played at Bud Walton Arena.

Vanderbilt Basketball Quick Hitters

  • Vanderbilt, an inaugural member of the Southeastern Conference, is in their 86th season of SEC competition. Vanderbilt has won two SEC Tournament titles (1951, 2012) and three regular season titles in 1965, 1974, and 1993.  This will be the 67th SEC season in Memorial Gym for the Commodores.
  • The Commodores enter the game as the 305th-most experienced team in the country according to Vanderbilt’s leading top three leading scorers are two freshmen, Aaron Nesmith and Simisola Shittu, and sophomore Saben Lee.  
  • Nesmith leads the Commodors in SEC games only with 14.9 points per game.  He also averages 4.9 rebounds per game against league opponents, and has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games.
  • Shittu is the league’s freshman leading rebounder with 7.3 rebounds per game in all games.
  • Nine Commodores have scored in double figures in a game so far this season.
  • Vanderbilt freshman guard Darius Garland declared for the NBA Draft on Jan. 22.
  • Vanderbilt’s average height is 78.5 inches (6 feet, 5 inches) and ranks 17th nationally according to KenPom.
  • The Commodores have marched to the charity-stripe 524 times this season, which leads all SEC schools.  Vanderbilt is fourth in the SEC with 360 free throw makes.
  • Vanderbilt also ranks in the top five in the SEC in 3FG Attempts (4th, 490), Defensive rebounds per game (5th, 26.48) and 3FG% Defense (3rd, 32.1).
  • Individually, Lee is ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in assists per game (8th, 3.9), free throw attempts (2nd, 158) and free throws made (2nd, 111).  Matt Ryan is ranked in 3FG attempts (7th, 128), total 3FG made (47), and 3FG made per game (8th, 2.24), while Shittu is ranked in defensive rebounds per game (7th, 5.4), double doubles (9th, 3), free throw attempts (7th, 107), rebounds per game (9th, 7.1), and total rebounds (9th, 149).
  • Lee is averaging 7.5 free throw attempts per game, which is second all-time on Vanderbilt’s single-season list.  Clyde Lee averaged 8.1 free throw attempts per game in 1964-65.  A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt’s all-time total attempts leader with 229 in 2007-08, averaged 6.7 attempts per game.
  • Joe Toye scored in double figures in nine games this season.  He is the team’s lone senior.
  • Vanderbilt won their 800th career game at Memorial Gym against Arizona State on December 17.  Memorial Gym, which opened in 1952, is the oldest basketball arena in the SEC.
  • Vanderbilt won its first road game of the season at USC, the first time the Commodores have had a season-opening road win since a 72-70 win over St. Mary’s on November 20, 2009.  VU is now 1-5 in true road games.
  • The Commodores signed a pair of four-star prospects in the early signing period.  Austin Crowley, a 6’4 shooting guard from West Point, Miss. who attends Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, and Dylan Disu, a 6’8 power forward from Plugerville, Texas who attends Hendrickson High School, each signed a letter of intent with the Commodores in November.  Disu recently posted a 20-point, 20-rebound performance, and Crowley is ranked as the 55th prospect in the nation in the class of 2019 by following a breakout spring and summer.

About Arkansas
Series Record: 
Arkansas leads 24-12.
Last Meeting:  Ark. win, 72-54, on Feb. 10, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Record at Vanderbilt:  VU leads 8-6.
Record at Arkansas:  Ark. leads 14-3.
Record at Neutral Site:  Ark. leads 4-1.
Coach Drew vs. Arkansas:  Coach Drew is 1-3 against Arkansas.

  • Arkansas enters the game with a 13-8 overall record and a 4-4 mark in SEC play after defeating nationally-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
  • Sophomore big man Daniel Gafford leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.  Isaiah Joe (14.0) and Mason Jones (14.0) also average double figures.
  • Arkansas leads the series 14-3 in games played in Fayetteville.  The Commodores’ last win at Arkansas came in 2017 when Vanderbilt captured a 72-59 victory at Bud Walton Arena.

Vanderbilt (9-12, 0-8) vs. Arkansas (13-8, 4-4)
Fayetteville, Ark. – Bud Walton Arena – 8 p.m. CT
SEC Network
TV Talent: Dave Neal (pxp), Dane Bradshaw (analyst)
Radio:  Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College,
Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)
Satellite Radio:  XM 386
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates:  @VandyMBB

Three Point U
The Commodores are one of only three schools (UNLV and Princeton) to have made a three-point basket in every game since the inception of the three-point line in the 1986-87 season.

With a made three against Arkansas, Vanderbilt will move to 1,053 consecutive games with a three-pointer.

Freshmen Leading the Charge
The Commodores are one of only four programs (Duke, UNC Asheville, Pittsburgh) in the nation to have three separate freshman score 20 points or more in a game (Darius Garland, Aaron Nesmith, Simisola Shittu)

Commodores in 86th SEC Season
Vanderbilt is now in its 86th SEC season and is a charter member of the league.  All time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 716-716.