Commodores on the road again Saturday at Missouri

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Dores on the road again Saturday at Missouri

Commodores and Tigers to tip at 2:30 p.m. CT, game will air on the SEC Network.

Vanderbilt Gamenotes – http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170209aaa.pdf

Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeaJ0WH1Ybg

Vanderbilt junior forward Jeff Roberson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1CUKl7h53s

Vanderbilt is on the road for the second time this week when they travel to Missouri this Saturday to take on the Tigers at Mizzou Arena. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC Network, with the action also being heard across the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network and online at vucommodores.com.

Vanderbilt improved to 12-12 overall and 5-6 in league play after a 72-59 road win against Arkansas in Fayetteville Tuesday night. All five Commodore starters scored in double figures, with senior Nolan Cressler leading the way with 13.

The Commodores improved to 4-2 in SEC road games this season, which is tied with Florida and South Carolina for the most this season. The Commodores converted on 52.2% of their shots from the field and from three for the game against the Razorbacks. The shooting percentage was Vanderbilt’s best since shooting 53.1% against Tennessee on January 14.

Vanderbilt made 12 of 23 shots from three, their 12th game this season making 10 or more threes. The Commodores have a 10-2 record in those games. VU also outrebounded Arkansas, 38-26.

Vanderbilt will be making their first trip to Missouri since 2014, with the Commodores looking for their first win in Columbia (0-4 all-time).

Vanderbilt (12-12, 5-6 SEC) vs. Missouri (6-17, 1-10 SEC)

Columbia, Mo. – Mizzou Arena – 2:30 p.m. CT

TV: SEC Network

TV Talent: Dave Neal (play by play), Jon Sundvold (color)

Radio: Vanderbilt Radio Network from IMG College, vucommodores.com

Radio Talent: Joe Fisher (pxp), Tim Thompson (analyst)

Satellite Radio: XM 136, Sirius 190

Live Stats: vucommodores.com

Twitter Updates: @VandyMBB
Anchor Points
•Forward Jeff Roberson has now scored in double figures in five consecutive games – he is averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in those four five. He ranks fourth in the SEC in rebounding (7.5) in all games and fifth (7.5) in league games only, and is second in the league in defensive rebounding (5.6) in all games and third in league games only (5.4).
•After senior Luke Kornet’s 12-point performance against Arkansas, he currently sits at 999 points in his career.
•Vanderbilt leads the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (39.1%), threes made (10.2) and free throw percentage (77.4%) in all games. In league games only, the Commodores are first in free throw percentage (74.9%) and threes made (10.7). The Commodores rank 10th nationally in free-throw percentage and are 10th in 3’s made per game.
•This will be the 11th meeting between the two schools, and the first at Missouri since 2014. The Commodores have never won at Missouri (0-4).
•In 11 SEC games, the Commodores have three players who are in the top 10 in three-point field goal percentage, with senior center Luke Kornet second in the conference at 45.6%. Junior Riley LaChance is fourth (.426), and junior Matthew Fisher-Davis is 10th (.351). Fisher-Davis is second in league games only in 3’s made (2.6), Kornet fourth (2.4), and LaChance ninth (2.1).
•Making three’s is not a new thing for this year’s Commodore team. Combined in their career, current players have made 792 career threes.
•Riley LaChance is shooting 50% from three this season and is one three shy of the minimum two threes per game to be ranked in the SEC. He is fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), seventh in the league in assists (4.2), and ninth in three’s made (2.0) in all games.
•Fisher-Davis is ninth in the SEC in scoring in all games and eighth in SEC games only (15.4). He is second in the league in three’s made (2.7) and fourth in 3FG% (.392) in all games.
•Sophomore Joe Toye made his second start of his career at Arkansas and made the most of it. He scored 11 points, had five rebounds and four assists in a career-high 37 minutes against the Razorbacks.
•Nolan Cressler and Kornet combined for 41 points against Iowa State, the second-most points scored by a senior duo in the SEC this year (South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice’s combined 46 points against Auburn is first).
•Cressler’s 20 points against Iowa State marked a career-best for him in a Commodores uniform. His previous season-best was 11 points on two different occasions, and his previous best as a Commodore was 14 points, which occurred three times in 2015-16.

Series Information

Series Record: VU leads, 6-4.

Last Meeting: VU win, 86-71, on 2/10/16 in Nashville.

Record at Vanderbilt: VU leads 5-0.

Record at Missouri: MU leads, 4-0.

Record at Neutral Site: VU leads, 1-0.

Coach Drew vs. Missouri: Coach Drew is 0-1 against Missouri.
About Missouri
•Missouri enters the game with a 6-17 overall record and a 1-10 mark in SEC play.
•Jordan Barnett leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game. Kevin Puryear also averages double digits with 11.5 points per game.
•Vanderbilt has never won a game at Missouri (0-4).

‘Dores Have Nation’s Toughest Schedule

The Commodores have the toughest overall schedule and toughest non-conference schedule in the nation according to the NCAA RPI and Jerry Palm.
VU Staff Can Score

The Vanderbilt men’s basketball staff has combined to score a total of 5,486 collegiate points, with head coach Bryce Drew leading the way with 2,142 points. Here’s a breakdown of the staff’s scoring totals.

Head Coach Bryce Drew, Valparaiso=2,142

Asst. Coach Casey Shaw, Toledo=1,562

Assoc. Head Coach Roger Powell, Jr., Illinois=1,178

Asst. Coach Jake Diebler, Valparaiso=586

Total=5,468

Memorial Gym close to 1,000

The matchup with Ole Miss was the 999th regular season game played at Memorial Gym.

The Commodores have a 779-220 record at the SEC’s oldest facility, a winning percentage of .780.

Kornet Moving Up Blocks List

Senior Luke Kornet is now second on the Vanderbilt all-time block list with 182 career blocks and only trails Festus Ezeli on the list. Ezeli, who currently is on the Portland Trail Blazers roster, is the all-time blocks leader with 204 career blocks. Kornet is also third on the blocks per game list with 1.55 in his career. Kornet trails Ezeli and Damian Jones, who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors, on the list (each at 1.69 per game).

Kornet NCAA leader in 3’s made by a seven-footer

Kornet is now the NCAA career three-pointers made leader with 137, surpassing Vanderbilt’s own David Przybyszewski, who has 131 career threes. Only two other seven footers have more than 100 – Derek Silvig of Montana (106) and Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin (103).

‘Dores Drain Threes

Vanderbilt made 19 threes against High Point on December 6, which set a new school record for threes in a game, surpassing an 18-three performance at Tennessee on January 8, 2005.

The Commodores also set a new record for most 3-pointers made at Memorial Gym, passing the old mark of 16 that was set on Jan. 8, 1994 vs. South Carolina and then matched on Feb. 11, 1995 vs. Arkansas. The Commodores hit 12 of their 19 3-pointers in the first half.

VU Makes Gamewinner

The Commodores made their first game-winning basket in almost four years against Chattanooga on December 17, when Luke Kornet made a three with 2.9 seconds remaining to give VU the 76-74 win over the Mocs.

The game-winner was the first since Kevin Bright made a 15-footer from the baseline on February 27, 2013, to defeat Georgia, 63-62, at Memorial Gym.

Neutral Site Dores

Vanderbilt has played in four neutral site games already this season – against Minnesota in Sioux Falls, S.D., the season opener vs. Marquette (Veterans Classic, Annapolis, Md.) and the two games at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (Butler, Santa Clara).

700th SEC Win

Vanderbilt is in its 84th SEC season and is a charter member of the league. All time against current members of the conference, Vanderbilt is 702-690.

988

Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 988 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.

NBA Commodores

Vanderbilt was one of only three schools (Kentucky, Washington) with two first-round selections in the 2016 NBA Draft when Wade Baldwin IV was drafted 17th by the Memphis Grizzlies and Damian Jones was selected 30th by the Golden State Warriors. Baldwin IV and Jones became the sixth and seventh first-round picks, respectively, in the history of the program, joining Will Perdue in 1988 (11th, Chicago), Jeff Turner in 1984 (7th, New Jersey), Clyde Lee in 1966 (3rd, San Francisco), and John Jenkins (23rd, Atlanta), and Festus Ezeli (30th, Golden State) in 2012.

Cressler goes for 20

Senior Nolan Cressler scored a season-high 20 points in a win against Iowa State on January 28, his most as a Commodore in two seasons of action after transferring from Cornell. Cressler’s previous high was 14 points, which occurred three times in the 2015-16 season.

Fisher-Davis in Top 10 for 3’s

Matthew Fisher-Davis now has 212 threes in his Vanderbilt career and is in ninth place in career threes made on the Commodores’ all-time list with Mario Moore, who played from 2003-06.

Commodores make 16 3’s vs LSU

Vanderbilt made 16 of 32 threes in route to a 96-89 win over LSU on December 29, the Commodores third game this season making 15 or more threes.

On December 29, the two teams combined to make 33 three pointers, which set a new SEC record for combined threes in a game.

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