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Stallings doesn’t feel “hopeless” against “big, athletic, physical” UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings think of Kentucky going into Saturday’s game on CBS-TV?

“They are big, athletic, physical, talented. Looks like ethey are playing well to me right now. This is a very talented Kentucky team and I think they’ll be in the race the whole time. I think they have a chance to be a very, very good team,” Stallings said.
“As opposed to last year, I think this team is much more physical. It is bigger, longer and more athletic. They are really, really athletic and really big and long again. I think the physical nature of their team is different than it has been the last year or two.”
That might not be good for Vanderbilt, which is down to seven scholarship players after suspending its leading scorer for the rest of the season earlier this week.

“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.

“We might have to play more zone. We have had to be mindful all season of not fouling. We will play zone, we will play man. We will do whatever to put ourselves in the best position that we can. But there is no one on our team that thinks we are dealing with a hopeless situation. We have enough to be successful.”

 

 

 

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.

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1 comment

  1. TheProfessor

    Why should he feel deterred? This UK team has lost 3 of 4 games away from Rupp, and this team has been having slow starts on a routine basis. Get down by 10 early on the SEC road, and it is tough to claw back into a W.

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