Kentucky, currently ranked 18th in the AP poll and 19th
in the ESPN/USA Today poll, enters the game with a record
of 11-3 and winners of five straight after earning a
62-55 home win over South Carolina Saturday night in
Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats’ three losses this season
came against Virginia, Michigan State and Louisville.
Senior guard Keith Bogans leads the team in scoring
with 17.7 points per game and is followed by junior
guard Gerald Fitch, who is averaging 11.6 points per
contest. Junior forward Erik Daniels is Kentucky’s leading
rebounder with 5.9 rebounds per game, while senior forward
Marquis Estill and sophomore forward Chuck Hayes are
tied for second with 5.5 boards a game.
Last season, the two schools split with Vanderbilt
claiming an 86-73 win over No. 11 Kentucky on Senior
Night. The win was the Commodores’ first over Kentucky
since defeating the No. 1.
For the third time in the past four games, Matt Freije
was VU’s top scorer...Julian Terrell was a perfect 3-of-3
from the field...Terrell and Russell Lakey tied for
the team lead with five rebounds, which is the lowest
number of boards for the team leader this season...All
eight of the Commodores’ victories have come when they
shoot 40 percent or better from the field...Even in
knocking off the No. 4 team in the nation, the Commodores
only set three individual season-high marks...Jason
Holwerda has led VU in assists in the past two games...Because
of the high field goal percentage by both teams, Vanderbilt
had just 25 rebounds and the combined rebounds were
just 54, which are both season lows...This was just
the second time this season VU was outrebounded and
still won (ETSU)...Vanderbilt has scored no fast-break
points in the past two games...Points in the paint:
VU 20, UA 34...Points off turnovers: VU 12, UA 22...Second-chance
points: VU 6, UA 12...Fastbreak points: VU 0, UA 15.
Vanderbilt and Kentucky have played three common opponents
with Vanderbilt posting a 2-1 record and Kentucky recording
a 3-0 record against those teams.
Opponent VU UK
Tulane W, 66-46 W, 76-60
Indiana L, 56-73 W, 70-64
High Point W, 81-75 W, 84-64
Takes Down a Top-5 Opponent
Vanderbilt evened its SEC record at 1-1 Saturday with
a 70-69 win over No. 4 Alabama. It was the first Vanderbilt
victory over a Top-5 opponent since the Commodores beat
No. 4 UCLA Nov. 22, 1995, in the Maui Invitational.
Also, it was the first home win over a Top-5 foe for
Vanderbilt since the Dores beat No. 1 Kentucky, 101-86,
Jan. 13, 1993.
Vanderbilt Versus Ranked Opponents
Vanderbilt improved to 1-3 this season and 10-18 under
Kevin Stallings versus ranked opponents after defeating
No. 4 Alabama, 70- 69. In the 36 games versus ranked
opponents leading up to Stallings’ arrival (1994-99),
VU won just six games.
All-time, the Commodores are now 64-171 against ranked
opponents and are now 45-57 versus ranked opponents
Vanderbilt vs. Ranked Foes in 2002-03
Date Opponent W/L Score
12/1/02 vs. #12 Connecticut L 70-76
12/9/02 at #6 Indiana L 56-73
12/30/02 at #6 Notre Dame L 63-76
1/11/03 vs. #4 Alabama W 70-69
& Tide Find the Bottom of the Net
Vanderbilt and Alabama put on the best shooting performance
of any Commodore game this season, shooting a combined
52 percent (52-100). Vanderbilt shot 56.8 percent from
the field, which is the thirdbest mark this season and
the best in the past 10 games, while Alabama shot 48.2
percent from the field. Vanderbilt also had tremendous
success from three-point range, posting a 61.5 three-point
percentage (8-13), which is the second-best mark this
The teams also each posted an even better half. The
Commodores shot 60 percent (15-25) in the first, while
the Crimson Tide shot 57.7 percent (15-26) in the second
Lakey Hits Clutch Threes
Vanderbilt junior guard Russell Lakey is beginning to
make a habit of hitting the big three-pointer when the
Commodores need it most. With Vanderbilt clinging to
a two-point lead over No. 4 Alabama Saturday, Lakey
stared down a dwindling shot clock and drained a three-pointer
that gave VU a five-point lead with 20 seconds remaining.
Earlier this season versus Georgia Southern, it was
Lakey’s threes that busted the game open for Vanderbilt.
Lakey went 4-for-4 on threepointers in the final 6:08
of the first half to turn a seven-point Commodore lead
into a 21-point advantage by the intermission.
Last year at home versus LSU, Lakey again made his
long-range presence felt. In his first action after
missing six games due to a broken foot, Lakey made just
one basket — a three-pointer with 49 seconds remaining
that sealed the win for Vanderbilt.
35 is No. 1 Against Top Teams
Matt Freije has proven this season that he will show
up for the Commodores in the big games. In four games
against Top-25 teams, Freije is averaging 19.5 points
and 7.0 rebounds.
Against No. 12 Connecticut, Freije scored a team-high
18 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. At
No. 6 Indiana, he once again put the team on back, scoring
a team-high 18 points and pulling down a team-high nine
rebounds. At No. 6 Notre Dame, Freije scored a season
and game-high 23 points and also grabbed six rebounds.
Then against No. 4 Alabama, he scored a team-high 19
points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.
Hundley Gives Vanderbilt Quality Play in Three Straight
Scott Hundley had a good 10 days with solid performances
against College of Charleston, at Auburn and against
No. 4 Alabama. Against College of Charleston, he scored
six points, which was the most for him since scoring
11 versus Connecticut. Hundley then came back to score
nine points at Auburn before recording a season-best
12 points against Alabama on 4-of-6 shooting from the
field and a 4-of-5 performance from the charity stripe.
In addition to his scoring, Hundley showed his all-around
game against College of Charleston as he tied a career-high
with five assists to go along with no turnovers. For
the season, he is seventh in the SEC in assist/turnover
ratio with 2.27 assists for every turnover.
& Moore Rank Among SEC’s Top Freshmen
Among SEC freshmen, forward Julian Terrell is second
in blocks (0.85), fourth in rebounds (4.2), sixth in
field goal percentage (.500) and ninth in steals (0.92).
Among SEC freshmen, guard Mario Moore is sixth in assists