RV/#23 Dores return from finals for home contest with Wofford

Dec. 18, 2015

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The RV/#23-ranked Commodores return to the floor after their final exams this Saturday when they take on the Wofford Terriers from the Southern Conference. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC Network, with all of the action also available on the Vanderbilt IMG Sports Radio Network.

Vanderbilt returns to the court dropping their last time out, a 72-67 decision to Dayton on December 9 at Memorial Gym. Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones each led Vanderbilt with 18 points apiece, with Matthew Fisher-Davis and Riley LaChance each adding 11 points. The Commodores were outshot from the floor, 45% to 41.2%, out rebounded 41-31 and 15-7 on the offensive glass, and committed 13 turnovers on the night. The Flyers outscored Vanderbilt, 17-2, in second chance points, and the Commodores had 13 assists and only six turnovers, the first time this season Vanderbilt has had a negative assist-to-turnover ratio.

After playing their first nine games in 26 days, Vanderbilt will now play only three in 21 days, with the game against the Terriers, at Purdue on the 22nd, and vs. Western Michigan on December 30 accounting for those three games.

Game 10/RV/#24 Vanderbilt (6-3) vs. Wofford (3-6)
Nashville, Tenn. – Memorial Gym – 7 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
TV Talent: Dave Baker (pxp), Joe Dean (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: VU leads, 4-0.
Last Meeting: VU win, 90-59, on 12/20/03.
Record at Vanderbilt: 4-0.
Record at Wofford: NA
Record at Neutral Site: NA
Coach Stallings vs. Wofford: Coach Stallings is 3-0 all-time against Wofford.

Quick Hitters

  • Two Commodores are averaging double figures on the season, with Baldwin leading the way with 15.3 ppg. Jones is also averaging 12.3 points per game.
  • Ten players have scored in double figures in a game this season – Baldwin, Luke Kornet, Jones, Jeff Roberson, Riley LaChance, Fisher-Davis, Nolan Cressler, Camron Justice, Josh Henderson, and Joe Toye.
  • For the season, Vanderbilt is shooting 48.5% from the floor and 39.9% from three, outrebounding opponents by a +3.4 margin, and have a +1.9 turnover margin.
  • Vanderbilt has 131 assists against only 97 turnovers for the season. Opponents have 114 turnovers and only 70 assists on the year.
  • On the season, the Commodores are averaging 81.6 points per game and limiting opponents to 61.9 points per game.
  • The Commodores have 59 blocks on the year, an average of 6.6 per game, which is seventh in the nation. Opponents have only blocked a combined 17.
  • From the field, Vanderbilt has five players that are shooting 50% or better on the season – Baldwin (.500), Jones (.538), Roberson (.581), Justice (.500), and Toye (.560).
  • 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 319 career wins at Vanderbilt and 442 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.
  • Vanderbilt moved out of the Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time this season and are receiving votes. The Commodores are ranked 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • Damian Jones now has 966 points, which is 34 points shy of the 1,000-point barrier. Jones would be the 44th player in Vanderbilt history to eclipse 1,000 points.
  • Luke Kornet (knee) and Camron Justice (groin) will each miss the Wofford game.
  • The Commodores have three players at seven feet or higher in their front court – Josh Henderson (7’0), Damian Jones (7’0), and Luke Kornet (7’1). LSU has two seven footers, and the rest of the league has one or fewer.
  • The Commodores’ non-conference schedule, rated the second-toughest in the nation in the preseason according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, has not disappointed. Vanderbilt played in a tough field in Maui, which included Kansas, in a road contest at Baylor, a home game with perennial Atlantic 10 power Dayton, and a road trip to Purdue on Dec. 22 to close out play before the Christmas break.

Vanderbilt and the SEC
As of December 16, The Commodores lead the SEC in scoring margin (+19.7) and field goal percentage defense (.358), and second in scoring defense (61.9), field goal percentage (.485), 3FG% defense (.295), three’s made (8.6), and blocks (6.6). Luke Kornet leads the league in blocks (2.8), with Matthew Fisher-Davis third in three-point FG% (.463) and Riley LaChance is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0).

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 940 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.

About Wofford

  • Wofford enters Saturday’s game with a 3-6 overall record and dropped their last time out, a 71-63 decision to Coastal Carolina.
  • Last year’s Wofford’s team won the Southern Conference and finished with a 28-7 overall record and a 16-2 in league play.
  • Spencer Collins leads four Terrier players in double figures with 13.6 points per game. Justin Gordon (11.7), Fletcher Magee (10.8), and Eric Garcia (10.0) also average double figures.