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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Vanderbilt vs Rutgers
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Vanderbilt will get its first taste of the road when it meets Rutgers on Friday at the Barclay's Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Commodores took advantage of their home court to post four solid - if not spectacular - victories and now must brace for a new challenge, which also will include a second game at the Barclay's Center against either La Salle or No. 7 Virginia. "It is (a challenge) because it's the first time you go through playing outside your building," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings told reporters Tuesday after his team beat Norfolk State. "In almost every respect, this will be a road game. We're going to play Rutgers in New York City, so it's right beside where they're from."

Stallings wasn't particularly pleased with the Commodores' effort against Norfolk State despite shooting 44 percent and making 9-of-22 3-pointers. "I'm happy to win. Not every game is going to be a masterpiece, this one certainly wasn't," he told reporters following the 63-53 win. "I do not think we started the game with any energy or intensity. This was probably our worst performance of the four games." James Siakam, Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis each scored in double figures off the bench, while leading scorer Damian Jones had just six points in 29 minutes.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN.

ABOUT VANDERBILT (4-0): Jones, a 6-10 sophomore who leads the Commodores with 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, wasn't the only frontcourt player to struggle against Norfolk State. One game after scoring 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting, 7-foot forward Luke Kornet was limited to two field goals and five points in 10 minutes versus the Spartans. "I thought they whipped us inside in the beginning," Stallings told reporters. "We didn't have one big guy that played well. Those guys are the ones that are supposed to lead us, and we didn't get any of that tonight."

ABOUT RUTGERS (2-2): After posting back-to-back wins, the Scarlet Knights suffered their second lopsided defeat of the season, this time by 18 points to Saint Peter's. Junior Etou had a career-high 16 points and led Rutgers in scoring for the first time in his career, but as they have all year, the Scarlet Knights shot the ball poorly - including 5-of-24 from 3-point range and 9-of-18 from the foul line. "Saint Peter's deserved the win," coach Eddie Jordan told the media. "They played harder than we did. They made shots. They had more enthusiasm, more energy, and that's a credit to coach (John) Dunne and his staff."

TIP-INS

1. Vanderbilt is 4-0 for the first time since opening 16-0 in 2007-08.

2. The Scarlet Knights never have faced Vanderbilt, but they are 6-13 against teams from the SEC.

3. The Commodores extended their streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 900 against Norfolk State.

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 77, Rutgers 57
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Vanderbilt 4-0 W4 4-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 3-0 0-0
Rutgers 2-2 L1 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Vanderbilt Rutgers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Vanderbilt N/A
Rutgers N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Vanderbilt N/A
Rutgers N/A
Assists Player  
Vanderbilt N/A
Rutgers N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Vanderbilt D. Jones 64 65.8 14
Rutgers M. Mack 61 40.0 19
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Vanderbilt D. Jones 33 8 25
Rutgers J. Etou 37 11 26
Assists Player  
Vanderbilt W. Baldwin IV 23
Rutgers M. Mack 18
Quickchart Matchup
Vanderbilt Off vs  Rutgers Defense
71.0 Points For
63.8 Points Against
49.7 FG%
39.8 FG%
36.7 Reb
34.8 Reb
Rutgers Off vs  Vanderbilt Defense
60.0 Points For
53.7 Points Against
39.3 FG%
32.7 FG%
34.8 Reb
30.7 Reb