Know Your Foe
Record - 2-0 (0-0)
Coach - Kevin Stallings, 15th Season 279-176 (403-239 Overall)
Mascot - Commodores, Mr. Commodore
Conference - SEC
Enrollment - 12,745
Tale of the Tape
Last season Butler travelled to Nashville and took down the Commodores 68-49 behind the hot shooting of Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham. Kevin Stallings enters his 15th season as Vanderbilt head coach and is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Georgia State and Lipscomb. Brandon Miller continues his opening campaign and looks to stay perfect and improve on his 2-0 record. Butler has beaten Princeton and Lamar.
Players to Watch
Kameron Woods - Coming off of his fifth double-double of his career, Woods will need to be equally as effective against the Commodores as he was against Princeton. If Woods can limit his foul trouble, he have another double-double against Vanderbilt.
Kellen Dunham - Dunham was great against Vanderbilt last season from the 3-point line and he looks to continue his hot shooting coming off of his career high 26 points against Princeton. Dunham drives the offense from the perimeter and Butler will need him to be aggressive against the Commodores.
Alex Barlow - The best defender from Butler will have a tough test against Vanderbilt and their backcourt trio of Eric McClellan, Dai-Jon Parker, and Kyle Fuller. Fuller and Parker initiate a lot of offense for Vanderbilt and Barlow will be relied upon to stay in front of them and disrupt the Commodore offense.
Rod Odom - Rod Odom leads Vanderbilt in scoring at 19.5 points per game and is shooting a blistering 64.3% (9/14) from 3-point range. If Odom can get it going again from distance, the floor spacing will be enough to create room for the penetrating guards Nick Fuller, Dai-Jon Parker, and Eric McClellan.
Kyle Fuller - The senior guard from Moreno Vally (CA) enters the game as a substitute for Vanderbilt, but really gets the offense flowing when he is on the court. Fuller is averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 assists in the first two games this season. In order to avoid a sweep by Butler in the home-and-home series, Fuller will need to continue to distribute the ball well off the bench.
Damian Jones - The 4-star, Top 100 forward from Baton Rouge (LA) has started his Vanderbilt career with a bang. The talented freshman is averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game off the bench for Kevin Stallings. The matchup between Woods and Jones, when both are on the floor, will be an interesting and potentially decisive matchup for both teams.
Keys to the Game
Woods vs Vanderbilt Front Court - It will be interesting to see if the long, lanky junior forward for Butler can have another big impact on the defensive end against a bigger Vanderbilt team. Woods played extremely well for Butler in the 2nd half of their win over Princeton and fueled the Bulldogs to victory. If Woods can't replicate his success against the Commodores, another Bulldogs front court player will need to.
Rebounding - Both teams are coming into the game averaging about 36 rebounds per game. The winner of the rebounding battle tonight, could be the winner of the game. Butler relies on offensive rebounds and 2nd chances if the perimeter shots aren't fall and have two specialists in Kameron Woods and Khyle Marshall. Marshall is coming off a disappointing game against Princeton, where he had just 4 points and 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. If both can hit the glass well, Butler will have a great chance to win.
Outside Shooting - Butler started hot against Princeton, but frigid against Lamar. Lamar was an undersized team and Butler took advantage. With the size and length of the front line for Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs won't be able to repeat their dominating performance in the paint. The Bulldogs needed to hit outside shots against Princeton and they will need more of the same against Vanderbilt, who enters the game shooting 46.2% from 3-point range.
1974 - The last time an SEC opponent traveled to Hinkle Fieldhouse (Auburn).
12.7 - Kellen Dunham's career points per game average at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
39-14 - The score of a meeting between Vanderbilt and Butler in a 1 year old Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1929.
4-0 - The career series record against Vanderbilt for Butler.
79.5 - Butler's average points per game during the regular season.
2-0 - Brandon Miller's career record as Butler head coach.