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Boxscore Breakdown: Vanderbilt 75 – Arkansas 72

2013_sec_men_s_basketball_tournament_logoVanderbilt jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead and held on to beat Arkansas 75 to 72. Arkansas stormed back in the second half, cutting the lead to two points in the last minute of the game but missed an opportunity to tie.

Rod Odom led the Commodores with 20 points with Kyle Fuller adding 19. BJ Young led Arkansas in scoring with 16 points.

- Vanderbilt shot 41% from the floor (23-of-56) while Arkansas hit 43% (24-of-55).

- Big difference in three-pointers.  Vanderbilt made 12 – Arkansas just 4.

- Free throws also one of the big stories of this game.  Vanderbilt made just 17-of-30 (56%) at the charity stripe to help keep it close.  Arkansas only converted 20 of 34 (58%).

- Other stats show why this game was close.  Both teams had 26 fouls, Vanderbilt committed one more turnover and had one more assist. Arkansas outrebounded Vanderbilt by three (37-34).

Vanderbilt advances to play Kentucky Friday.


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Thoughts on the First Half

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It’s fair to say that Western Kentucky has not brought their A-game, but Vanderbilt fans should be very encouraged by the team’s first half performance. Vandy shot 46.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. They are leading the rebounding battle and have doubled Western’s bench in points.

Lance has really impressed me in his minutes thus far. While he’s only scored one point, he is asserting himself defensively and has gotten two big boards, as well as three steals. Big Fez continues to impress me with his improved offensive skills. It’s like we’re not even watching the same person.
Rod Odom continues to be a valuable presence off of the bench and has really shown an impressive touch from the outside. He’s also done a great job on the boards with 5 rebounds. Kyle Fuller has shown a nice little spark with a good dish to Jenkins towards the end of the first half.
This team has continued to function well despite the fact that Taylor hasn’t played his best yet. Taylor is 2-8 from the field, but hit a nice three pointer earlier in the half.
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Vandy Takes On Grambling Tonight

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It’s not often that I am COMPLETELY confident in any team I root for. Vandy, the Jets, Mets and Islanders all have blown what should be easy wins in my fan lifetime. But I am totally confident the Commies will put away Grambling tonight at 8 pm eastern standard time. The only question for me is what the score ends up being and who is the high scorer for Vandy. Post your predictions in the comments section and the person closest to the actual score will win my eternal respect and admiration (unless you ever disagree with me about something).

My guess: Vandy 91, Grambling 56

High Scorer: Jenkins comes close to dropping 30, I’m gonna say 29

Bonus prognostication: Backups should get big minutes tonight so I say Kyle Fuller drops 10 and Rod Odom gets to 15.

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