Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet (3) blocks a shot by Florida's DeVon Walker (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 60-59. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Texas vs. Vanderbilt

Posted January 29th, 2016


Time: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn


Series history: This non-conference game is part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, a day-long series of matchups between the two conferences. This is the first year all 10 games are being played on one day across the nation. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 4-3. Texas won the last matchup 70-64 on Dec. 2, 2013.

TEXAS (13-7 overall, 5-3 Big 12)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318515.84.9*
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120511.02.1*
5GKendal YancyJr.6-32102.61.5
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102356.45.9
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112653.25.7
Coach: Shaka Smart (13-7, 1st year at Texas; 176-63, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: All the late-week buzz continued to focus on C Prince Ibeh, who had a career-high 17 points in 31 minutes against TCU on Tuesday. “The way I feel like I’ve been approaching things in practice, when you get the same results in a game, it’s just a relief,” Ibeh said. He’ll face a serious test defensively against Vanderbilt, a team with three 7-footers in its rotation. … Freshman G Kerwin Roach’s confidence is soaring after a career-high 22 points against the Frogs. He went 10 for 15 at the free throw line. … Demarcus Holland’s role ebbs and flows. He played 11 total minutes against West Virginia and Kansas but got 11 against TCU. He scored six points in all three games combined.

VANDERBILT (12-8 overall, 4-4 SEC)
No. Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
4GWade Baldwin IVSoph.6-319415.04.4*
5GMatthew Fisher-DavisSoph.6-51858.53.7
11FJeff RobersonSoph.6-62209.35.5
3FLuke KornetJr.7-12409.07.4
30CDamian JonesJr.7-024513.06.8
Coach: Kevin Stallings (325-214, 17th year at Vanderbilt; 448-277, 23rd year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Commodores: C Damian Jones was named to all the major award watch lists during the preseason. The 7-footer was a first-team all-SEC pick last season and averages 13 points this season. He has scored at least 20 points in eight games. Vanderbilt usually gets strong play in the middle. One Vandy center has posted double-digit scoring totals every season but one since 2008. … Five players on the roster grew up attending Texas high schools, including senior G Carter Josephs from San Antonio Clark. … Perimeter defense will be key for Texas. The Commodores rank 16th nationally in 3-point shooting (40.3 percent). That’s in addition to Vandy ranking 15th nationally in blocks (5.6).


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