Previewing Vanderbilt

Regarded as one of the top teams in the country, Vanderbilt has a load of experience and quality talent. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 6:30 pm.


    G- 01 Brad Tinsley (6'3/210, SR) 10.7 ppg, 2.3 apg
    G- 23 John Jenkins (6'4/215, JR) 20.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    F- 44 Jeffery Taylor (6'7/225, SR) 14.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
    F- 05 Lance Goulbourne (6'8/225, SR) 9.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg
    C- 33 Steve Tchiengang (6'9/240, SR) 5.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg

    John Jenkins -- One of the top shooters in the country, Jenkins is a dangerous scorer who can get hot in a hurry. However, he missed the last game versus Bucknell and is questionable for Saturday's game with a sprained ankle.

    Vanderbilt Notables

    More On The N.C. State Series
    Saturday's meeting with the Wolfpack will be the fourth meeting between the two schools. The Commodores lead the series, 2-1.
    * The last time the two teams met was in the 2004 NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Fla., when Vanderbilt escaped with a 75-73 come-from-behind win, a victory which advanced the Commodores to their first Sweet 16 under head coach Kevin Stallings.
    * Vanderbilt won a meeting at North Carolina State in the 1968-69 season (65-59) and the Wolfpack claimed a meeting at Memorial Gym the next season (76-70).
    * N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried is very familiar with Vanderbilt - the Wolfpack mentor coached against the Commodores from 1999-2009 as the head coach at Alabama, and for the last two seasons, has called SEC Network games for ESPN and ESPN Regional.

    Quick Hitters
    * Vanderbilt enters the finals of the TicketCity Legends Classic with a 2-1 record, with wins over Oregon and Bucknell and a loss to Cleveland State.
    * The Commodores defeated Bucknell in their last time out, 80-68, on Tuesday evening at Memorial Gym. Jeffery Taylor led five Commodore players in double figures with 14 points. Lance Goulbourne, Brad Tinsley, and Kedren Johnson each added 12 points, while Rod Odom chipped in with 10 points.
    * Goulbourne also added a game-high nine rebounds.
    * Vanderbilt had their best shooting half of the season in the second half against the Bison - VU shot 57.6% from the floor (19-33) and 53.3% from three (8-15). Prior to that half, the Commodores were shooting 37.5% from the field (57-152) and 25% from three (15-60) on the season.
    * Freshman point guard Kedren Johnson played a career-high 24 minutes against Bucknell, and scored a career-high 12 points. Johnson, from nearby Lewisburg, Tenn., was 5-7 from the floor and 2-3 from three.
    * Redshirt freshman center Josh Henderson led the team in assists with four against the Bison.
    * Leading scorer John Jenkins missed the game against Bucknell with a sprained right ankle. His status for N.C. State is questionable.
    * The Commodores will be without the services of senior big man Festus Ezeli, who is out for at least another month with a sprained right knee.
    * Vanderbilt entered the 2011-12 campaign as the number seven team in the nation according to the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but fell to 18th in the AP poll and 20th in the Coaches poll after Sunday's loss to Cleveland State.
    * Vanderbilt's opening three games have come against good competition - the three teams (Oregon, Cleveland State, Bucknell) combined for 73 wins in the 2010-11 campaign.
    * A made 3 vs. N.C. St. would be the 800th consecutive game with a three-pointer made.

    A Few Commodores Heading Home
    Commodore senior Lance Goulbourne and sophomore Rod Odom are returning to their hometown areas this weekend - Goulbourne is from Brooklyn, N.Y., while Odom hails from Central Islip, N.Y.

    Last Time At The Meadowlands
    Vanderbilt dropped a heartbreaking, 66-65, NCAA Regional Semifinal game to Georgetown on a controversial Jeff Green lay-up with seconds remaining.

    Vanderbilt vs. other Ticketcity Legends Classic Finals Teams
    The Commodores have never faced Oregon State, and own a 4-2 series advantage over Texas, although the last meeting with the Longhorns was on January 21, 1989, at Memorial Gym, a game Vanderbilt won 94-79.

    Game Three - Vanderbilt 80, Bucknell 68
    Jeffery Taylor led five Vanderbilt players in double figures with 14 points as the Commodores took away an 80-68 win over visiting Bucknell on Tuesday in a Regional Round game of the Ticket-City Legends Classic at Memorial Gym.
    * Vanderbilt improved to 2-1 on the season and is now 106-9 against non-conference opponents at home during the Kevin Stallings era.
    * Five players scored in double-figures for Vanderbilt (Taylor 14, Tinsley 12, Goulbourne 12, Johnson 12, Odom 10) for the first time since January 19 of last season against Ole Miss.
    * The Commodores only recorded five turnovers in the win, tying the lowest total by Vanderbilt in the 2010-11 season. VU gave the ball away only five times against Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament on March 11, 2011.
    * With his three-pointer at the 12:44 mark in the first half, Jeffery Taylor extended Vandy's streak to 799 straight games with a three-pointer.
    * Bucknell shot 47.1% from the field in the game, the third consecutive game a team has posted that field goal percentage or better. Oregon shot 49.1% and Cleveland State 50.0% from the floor.
    * Jeffery Taylor led five Commodores in double-figures, scoring 14 points and adding six rebounds. It marked the 74th time Taylor tallied double digit points in his career.
    * Lance Goulbourne added 12 points and nine rebounds. Brad Tinsley and Kedren Johnson also tallied 12 points (career high), while Rod Odom finished the game with 10 points.
    * Freshman Shelby Moats saw the first action of his career, recording two assists and one rebound in 13 minutes.
    * Freshmen Dai-Jon Parker and James Siakam both scored their first career collegiate points. Parker finished with seven points, while Siakam went 1-2 from the free throw line.

    Vanderbilt athletics contributed to this report.

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