The TSX Files - 1/19

With two road wins in a week, Vanderbilt has put itself in a challenging position in the SEC Eastern Division. "It was big," coach Kevin Stallings said after the Commodores overcame South Carolina's press to post an 89-79 victory. "Any road win in this league is a great win.

"It's always going to be a hard-fought win because the teams are too good and the coaches are too good. We're very happy to have won and have such a good week."
   The Commodores, who earlier got by Alabama 65-64 on Jeffery Taylor's free throw with six seconds left, overcame 20 turnovers by pounding the boards for a 40-23 advantage at South Carolina.
   "The pressure was effective," Stallings said, "but at times we got behind them."
   Depth also helped the Commodores overcome a 35-point scoring outburst by South Carolina's Devan Downey.
   "I like the depth of our team," Stalling said after playing just two starters more than 30 minutes. "Despite the fact that Downey scored 35, I thought there were times he looked very tired, which is more incredible with his performance.
   "I liked that we could sub and keep guys fresh."
   Now 14-3 on the season, the Commodores will have a week to get ready for their next game against Auburn at home before going back on the road for games at Tennessee and Kentucky.

   --Vanderbilt is 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since the 1989-90 Commodores opened conference play with wins over Alabama, Kentucky, and Ole Miss. That team then lost its next three games on its way to a 7-11 conference mark. The 1992-93 team that won the Eastern Division lost to Florida in its second SEC outing but finished 14-2 in the division.
   --F Andre Walker has been on a rebounding tear since conference play began. He has 26 rebounds in the three games, hitting double figures twice with 10 boards against Florida and 10 against South Carolina.
   ON THE SPOT: Vandy hasn't exactly lit it up from the free throw line in its last two games. After going 26-of-33 from the stripe in the opening SEC win over Florida, the Commodores went only 37-of-62 (59.7 percent) in the wins over Alabama and South Carolina.
   QUOTE TO NOTE: "We scheduled tough intentionally. We thought we had a chance to have a good team. After nine non-conference games our schedule was the eighth toughest in the country." -- Coach Kevin Stallings, on the impact of the non-conference schedule in preparing the Commodores for SEC competition.

   SEASON RECAP: The Commodores improved to 14-3 on the season and are off to a 3-0 start in the SEC after the road wins at Alabama and South Carolina. They have shot better than 50 percent (51.2) percent from the field in their first three league games and have a league-best 40.9 mark from three-point territory.
   PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- F Andre Walker, C A.J. Ogilvy, G/F Jeffery Taylor, G Brad Tinsley, G Jermaine Beal. Key Subs -- F Darshawn McClellan, C Festus Ezeli, G F Steve Tchiengang, G/F Lance Goulbourne, G John Jenkins.
   Vanderbilt 95, Florida 87
   Vanderbilt 65, Alabama 64
   Vanderbilt 89, South Carolina 79
   vs. Auburn, Saturday, Jan. 23.
   at Tennessee, Wednesday, Jan. 27.
   at Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 30.
   vs. Mississippi State, Wednesday, Feb. 3.
   at Georgia, Saturday, Feb. 6.
   IN FOCUS: Vandy likely will approach Auburn the same way the Commodores took on South Carolina. The Commodores should have a big advantage inside with Ogilvy and Walker.
   --C A.J. Ogilvy scored 22 points in the win over South Carolina, his second game over the 20-mark in his last three outings. He has scored in double figures in his last eight games.
   --G/F Jeffery Taylor had 16 points against South Carolina, his fourth consecutive game in double digits. He is 18-of-30 from the field over that stretch.
   --Freshman G John Jenkins has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games after getting 10 against the Gamecocks. He started the streak after going scoreless against Western Kentucky. Top Stories