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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) -- Eugene, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Vanderbilt 1-0, Oregon 2-0. Away Record: Vanderbilt 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Neutral Record: Vanderbilt 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Conference Record: Vanderbilt 0-0, Oregon 0-0. Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 5-2.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams that have yet to taste defeat this season square off on Friday night, as the Vanderbilt Commodores pay a visit to the Oregon Ducks.
Vanderbilt opened its season last Saturday with an 80-65 win over visiting Nicholls State, and this is the first of four straight the team will play outside of Nashville. The Commodores, who are the reigning SEC Tournament champs, return home next to face Big East foe Villanova on Dec. 1, and they will open SEC play is Music City against defending national champion Kentucky on Jan. 10, 2013.
Oregon is 2-0 on the young season, thanks to double-digit wins over both Northern Arizona (83-73) and Portland State (80-69). The Ducks are in the midst of a four-game homestand to open the campaign, and outside of this matchup with Vandy and a brief trip to Las Vegas next week, the non-conference portion of their schedule seems pretty manageable. Oregon opens Pac-12 play at Oregon State on Jan. 6, 2013.
Vanderbilt owns a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with Oregon, and the most recent encounter took place in Nashville last year with the Commodores prevailing in a 78-64 final.
Kedren Johnson scored a game-high 25 points to lead Vanderbilt to its sixth straight season-opening victory, this one coming in a double-digit decision against Nicholls State. Kevin Bright and Kyle Fuller each tallied 15 points for the Commodores, while Bright led the team with eight rebounds in his first collegiate game. Fuller's 15 points were a new career-high, while he tied for the team-lead in assists with six, which also a new career-high. Vandy shot 49 percent from the field, which included a 66 percent effort in the second half. The 'Dores knocked down 8-of-11 three-point attempts after the break en route to a 12-of-26 showing for the game.
Dominic Artis scored 16 points, and bench players Carlos Emory and Damyean Dotson added 15 and 12, respectively, to help push Oregon past Portland State the last time out. The Ducks made good on nearly half of their total shots (.491), while draining 9-of-19 from beyond the arc and converting 17-of-24 free-three attempts. Oregon claimed a 35-24 edge on the glass, but the team committed 17 turnovers. From a defensive standpoint, the Ducks allowed 45.3 percent accuracy to the Vikings, who turned the ball over 15 times and were outscored in bench points by a whopping 43-14. Tony Woods was high man for Oregon in the season opener against Northern Arizona, netting 14 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
Oregon's perfect mark at home this season is in jeopardy as Vanderbilt is a much better team than either of the Ducks' first two opponents. Expect the Commodores to have just enough in the tank to not only survive what the home team delivers, but the long trip and the frenzied UO fan base as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vanderbilt 72, Oregon 66
11/16 10:43:50 ET
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