Arkansas enters the game with an overall record of 7-16
and a 2-10 mark in the SEC after losing to LSU, 75-56,
Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La. The Razorbacks have
lost five straight and 12 of their last 14 games with
the only wins coming at home against LSU and Alabama.Arkansas
also has failed to post a road win this season, going
0-8 overall and 0-6 in the SEC away from Bud Walton
Arkansas has two double-digit scorers in freshman
guard/forward Jonathan Modica (12.2) and freshman guard
Eric Ferguson (11.2). Senior forward Dionisio Gomez
leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 boards per contest,
while Ferguson is the squad’s top assist man with
3.2 assists per game.
Having not joined the SEC until the 1991-92 season,
Arkansas has the distinction of being the SEC team that
has played the fewest number of games (14) against Vanderbilt.
Against the Razorbacks, the Commodores have won the
past three games in Nashville and they are 5-2 alltime
at home versus Arkansas.
Russell Lakey’s six assists against Florida was
the second-best mark of the season and the most since
recording eight assists Nov. 26 versus Georgia Southern...VU’s
11 turnovers versus Florida ties for the second-best
mark of the season...VU is 7-1 when holding its opponent
to less than 70 points...VU is 0-7 when shooting below
40 percent from the field...For just the third time
this season, VU lost when leading at the half...At 7-0,
Vanderbilt is the only SEC team to be undefeated when
outrebounding its opponent...Points in the paint: VU
20, UF 36...Points off turnovers: VU 20, UF 16...Second-chance
points: VU 8, UF 11...Fastbreak points: VU 4, UF 13.
Provides Unexpected Offense
Sophomore center David Przybyszewski matched a season
high with his 14 points (Indiana) against No. 7 Florida
and he did it in just 12 minutes. He was 6-of-8 from
the field and 2-of-3 three from long range.
The 14 points is the first time Przybyszewski has
reached double digits since scoring 10 points Jan. 2
against the College of Charleston. He had made just
six three-pointers coming into the Florida game and
had not made more than one trey in any single game.
Freije is Vanderbilt 20-Point Man
In the past month, Matt Freije has been playing at a
torrid pace. He has scored at least 20 points in six
of the past eight games, including a career-best four
straight games. For the season, Freije has scored at
least 20 points in eight games.
Posts Back-to-Back Solid Performances
Freshman guard Mario Moore’s 14 points against
No. 7 Florida gave him his first back-to-back double-figure
games of the season after scoring 10 points at Georgia.
The 14 points is his second-best total for the season
and just three points off a season high.
Moore also set or tied seven season highs at home
against Florida, including field goals made (5), field
goals attempted (14), three-point attempts (9) and minutes
Commodores Make Good at Charity Stripe
Vanderbilt took advantage of its trips to the free-throw
line against No. 7 Florida as the Commodores made 18-of-22
(.818) free throws, including making 6-of-6 in the first
half. The 81.8 free-throw percentage is VU’s best
mark during SEC play and is the third-best percentage
for the season. Individually, Matt Freije set personal
season highs with his 11-of-13 (.846) performance from
the charity stripe.
Bench Comes Up Big for Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt’s bench outscored the Florida bench
30-0 Saturday night. Mario Moore and David Przybyszewski
each scored 14 points and Scott Hundley chipped in two
points off the bench.
For the season, Vanderbilt has won the bench-scoring
battle 18 times and the Commodores are 8-10 in those
games. VU is 2-2 when losing the bench-scoring battle
and 0-1 when the benches tie.
Tabs Freije First Team All-District
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
has named Vanderbilt’s Matt Freije to its Division
I First Team for District 7. Selected and voted on by
member coaches of the NABC, Freije is one of 150 student-
athletes who are now eligible for the NABC Division
I All-American Team, which will be announced at the
conclusion of this season.
Joining Freije on the District 7 First Team are Kentucky’s
Keith Bogans, Louisville’s Reece Gaines, Tennessee’s
Ron Slay and Morehead State’s Ricky Minard.
Vanderbilt Playing Nation’s Sixth Toughest
As of Monday, CollegeRPI.com has Vanderbilt’s
schedule ranked as the sixth toughest in the nation.
That ranks VU third in the SEC behind Georgia (1) and
This season VU has played 10 games versus ranked foes,
including Connecticut (12), Indiana (6), Notre Dame
(6), Alabama (4), Kentucky (16), Florida (5), Georgia
(15), Mississippi State (23), Georgia (20) and Florida