By LARRY VAUGHT
What does Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings think of Kentucky going into Saturday’s game on CBS-TV?
“We have enough to continue to be competitive. We are not going to be deterred in our goals or passion for improving. You have setbacks, injuries, things that occur … lots of different things,” Stallings said. “We have some guys that are flexible and we will have to move those parts around the best we can. My job is to make the most of our team and help these guys be successful. My job hasn’t changed.
Odom One of Nation’s Most Improved Shooters
Rod Odom is quietly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top shooters, averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.3% from three and 73.0% from the free-throw line. Odom is 2nd in the SEC in 3-point percentage (.463) and in 3’s made (2.8/game), and has scored in double figures in 10 games this season. He has also made three or more threes in a game on seven occasions in 2013-14, and tallied his first career double-double at Alabama with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Record Against the SEC
Vanderbilt is 671-658 all-time in Southeastern Conference play.
Fuller Coming On
Senior point guard Kyle Fuller has had a solid five game stretch for the Commodores – he is averaging 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game in those games. Fuller is ranked third in the SEC in assists with 3.7 assists per game and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
Perimeter Defense a Plus
The Commodores lead the SEC in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 27.9% from beyond the arc.
Freshmen Shoring Up Post Play
Freshman post player Damian Jones has had a solid start to his freshman campaign, averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in eight games this season, and five of the last six. Meanwhile Luke Kornet, another freshman, backs up Jones and against Northeastern and Alabama, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in each one of those contests. Kornet averages 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.