Vandy's 3-Point Streak Still Alive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Entering Saturday's game against Arkansas, Vanderbilt was tied with UNLV for the nation's longest streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer.

After sinking 12 in their 79-65 win in Memorial Gym, the Commodores pushed the streak to 592 games.

"In the second half, we were slow to get out to the 3-point line and defend," said Arkansas coach Stan Heath.

Arkansas came in with the fourth-longest streak, just 21 games behind Kentucky.

The Razorbacks made six treys on Saturday, moving their streak to 541.

It didn't take long for the Commodores and Hogs to increase their streaks.

Vanderbilt's Corey Smith canned a 3-pointer 26 seconds into the game.

With 18:06 left in the first half, Arkansas' Olu Famutimi swished one from the right side.

Vanderbilt came into Saturday's game averaging a Southeastern Conference-best 9.8 made treys per game, second nationally only to Troy (11.2).

They had hoisted an SEC-high 611.



On The Mark

Speaking of 3-pointers, Jefferson-Pilot analyst Barry Booker was at it again Saturday.

At Alabama on Wednesday night, Booker entertained fans by firing one-handed 3-pointers.

He did the same about a half-hour before Saturday's game, making lots more than he missed.



On The Rebound

Arkansas had outrebounded its last four opponents and six of its previous seven.

Vanderbilt point guard Mario Moore beamed as he scanned the stats sheet.

"Hustle plays," he said.

Moore was referring to rebounds. Vanderbilt snatched 28. The Hogs had 24.



Not Far Behind

Because of the strange configuration of Memorial Gym (the benches are behind the baskets), Arkansas had some up-close fans in Ron and Carolyn Brewer, the parents of Hogs sophomore guard Ronnie, and Ramona Heath, wife of the Arkansas coach.

They were situated about five feet behind the Arkansas bench with nothing in between.



East-West Challenge

Arkansas' game at Vanderbilt was one of six interdivisional games on Saturday, a first for the Southeastern Conference.

Alabama of the Western Division hosted South Carolina, the East's Florida was at LSU, the West's Auburn was at Georgia, the Eastern Division's Ole Miss hosted Tennessee and the West's Mississippi State was at Kentucky.



Red Carpet Treatment

Before the Commodores took the Memorial Gym floor, a group of about 15 children and teens, five wearing red basketball jerseys, formed two lines for them to run through.



Nashville Natives

Saturday's was the third game this season for Arkansas against Nashville teams.

The Hogs beat Tennessee State (96-68) on Dec. 16 and Lipscomb (83-54) four days later.

Both games were played in Bud Walton Arena.



Gunning Down The West

With Saturday's win, Vanderbilt has now won 10 of its last 13 games against SEC West teams.



It's A Wrap

Arkansas backup center Steven Hill's right biceps was wrapped Saturday.

Heath said his arm is only bruised from physical practices.

A 7-footer, Hill had 2 points, 1 rebound and no blocks in eight minutes.



Jones Dresses

Arkansas senior forward Mike Jones dressed out for Saturday's game.

That was expected.

Jones playing wasn't. He got in for the last two minutes with Arkansas trailing 74-58 and in desperate need of some 3s.

With 1:06 left, Jones got a shot, netting a trey from the left baseline.

Jones got two more 3-point tries, but missed them.

"It felt good to get out there today and move around a little bit," Jones said. "I've been sitting on the sideline a long time.

"Still, it never feels good to lose."

Jones has been out of action since injuring a groin muscle during the first minute of the Jan. 29 home loss against Kentucky.

"I feel all right," Jones said. "I feel better each day. I feel like by Monday, I'll be around 90 percent. I figure by Tennessee (which Arkansas hosts next Saturday), I'll be well good to go."



What If?

Andre Iguodala and Al Jefferson, both Arkansas commitments, played big-time for the Rookies against the Sophomores in a pre-NBA All-Star game exhibition on Friday night.

Iguodala, who went to Arizona after former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson was fired in 2002, scored 11 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

Jefferson, who opted to go straight to the NBA instead of to Arkansas, tied for team honors with 17 points and had a team-high 11 rebounds.

Despite that, the Sophomores won 133-106.


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