Vanderbilt basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 10 in Nashville against Nicholls State. The Commodores will put a team on the floor that hopes to match the talent level of last year's squad. They lose 76% of last season's player minutes and look to make that up with the contributions of five incoming freshmen.
The largest gap to fill for Vanderbilt will be on offense, as the team lost 88.1% of their scoring. Equally as concerning is three-point shooting, where they also lost a big 87.6% of last year's output.
The Commodores come off of a #20 ranking in last year's final regular season AP Top 25 poll. Vanderbilt finished last season with an overall record of 21-10 and landed in 2nd place in the SEC East with a conference record of 10-6. The Commodores beat Kentucky 71-64 to win the SEC tournament. They were seeded 5th in the NCAA Tournament and lost to Wisconsin in the third round, 60-57. The Commodores lost three key players to the NBA. John Jenkins was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at Round 1, #23. Festus Ezeli went to the Golden State Warriors at Round 1, #30. Jeffery Taylor was picked up by the Charlotte Bobcats at Round 2, #1.
Furthermore, Vanderbilt lost last year's seniors Lance Goulbourne (27 minutes per game), Brad Tinsley (27 MPG), Steve Tchiengang (17 MPG), and Aaron Noll (0 MPG). The Commodores must also do without Jordan Smart (2 MPG), who left the team.
The Commodores return sophomore Kedren Johnson (3.1 points/game), junior Rod Odom (2.4 points/game), sophomore Dai-Jon Parker (1.7 points/game), sophomore Josh Henderson (2.3 points/game), and junior Kyle Fuller (1.0 points/game).
Incoming freshmen joining the Commodores include 6-0 Nathan Watkins, 5-10 Carter Josephs, 6-5 Kevin Bright, 6-6 A.J. Astroth, and 6-7 Sheldon Jeter. One other player joining the team is 6-4 sophomore Eric McClellan (transferred from Tulsa).
The Commodores will look forward to four games against AP preseason Top 25 teams, including #3 Kentucky on January 10th, at #15 Missouri on January 26th, and at #3 Kentucky on February 20th. The first SEC game for Vanderbilt is against #3 Kentucky on January 10th.
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- Vanderbilt has had 3 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
- Since 2002, Vanderbilt has an overall winning percentage of 64.0%. The Commodores have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 69.6%.
- The Commodores have an average conference finish of 3.0 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 3.8.
- With 3 NBA draft picks last year, that brings the Commodores total to 6 over the last 10 years.
- With last year's trip to the NCAA Tournament, that makes 3 straight years the Commodores have made it to the Big Dance.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 112.9.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Kentucky (#1).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Alabama A&M (#342).
- Vanderbilt has 4 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.
- The last time Vanderbilt returned less than 17% of the team's statistical production was 1996-1997.
, Brad Tinsley
, Steve Tchiengang
, Aaron Noll
, Jordan Smart
, Kedren Johnson
, Rod Odom
, Dai-Jon Parker
, Josh Henderson
, Kyle Fuller
, Nathan Watkins
, Carter Josephs
, Kevin Bright
, A.J. Astroth
, Sheldon Jeter
, Eric McClellan