Offensive futility dooms Vanderbilt hoops to third straight defeat

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 5:10pm
Staff reports

Things went from bad to worse Friday for the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team. Make that ‘worst.’

The Commodores’ produced their worst offensive performance under coach Kevin Stallings – their worst in more than 30 years, to be exact – in a 50-33 loss to Marist on the second day of play at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

It was their lowest point total since Jan. 30, 1982 when they lost 33-31 to Mississippi State. That was before college basketball instituted a shot clock.

Their previous low under Stallings, the coach since 1999-00, was 43 points in back-to-back games against South Carolina and Mississippi State in Feb. 2002.

"Early in the game, we got really good looks," Stallings said. "We got the ball right to the basket, and we got wide open looks for three. I never like to blame it on shooting or lack thereof, [as] it feels like a copout. I just think our guys are so uptight and lack self-confidence right now."

After a season-opening victory, Vanderbilt (1-3) has now lost three straight, including two in as many days at the Old Spice Classic. It opened with a 75-62 defeat against Davidson on Thursday.

Aagainst Marist (2-3), James Siakim led the Commodores with a career-high eight points off the bench. The sophomore forward, who had eight points in the first three games combined, also tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

No other Vanderbilt player scored more than five.

It took more than six minutes before the Commodores scored their first points, a 3-pointer by Sheldon Jeter after Marist had jumped out to an 8-0 lead. They trailed 27-14 at halftime and took more than six minutes before they got their first second-half point, a Siakim free throw, and more than seven and a half minutes before their first field goal, a Kedren Johnson layup.

As a team, they shot 23 percent from the floor (14-for-61) and 10 percent from 3-point range (2-for-20). They got to the foul line jut six times and made three, and had more than three times as many turnovers (13) as assists.

"We defended well enough to win the game — they scored 50," Stallings said. "We just couldn't get the ball in the goal."

Vanderbilt's final game at the event is 10:30 a.m. (CST) against either Texas-El Paso or Clemson.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 11/23/12 at 4:31

The Vanderbilt fans do not deserve this season, but the jackass Stallings deserves it.

By: Bellevue on 11/23/12 at 5:20

The real kicker is that Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams implememtated a new policy this year which dictates that in order to purchase basketball season tickets in an increased number of sections of Memorial Gymnasium, one must join the National Commodore Club.

By: 4gold on 11/23/12 at 6:11

Vandy will have to pay people to come see this team. I just left the tournament in Orlando. They simply have no offfensive talent on this team. It is not going to get any better. Stallings should do fans a favor and forfeit the season. This is going to get very embarrassing. They just got blown off the floor by Davidson and Marist . . . MARIST! Can you imagine the laughing going on in the SEC? This team is SO BAD. A total Joke that is not funny at all.

Go Dores, beat Deacs and save me from slitting my wrist over this basketball team. Geeeez, the talent is just pathetic.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: dwight14 on 11/23/12 at 7:58

come on now so called fans....i saw this coming as soon as last season ended....vandy is not at the level as kentucky where we can afford to lose our top 6 players and still expect to field a top notch this yr is a rebuilding yr...we have a great start with the players we have...remember they havent got no where near the game experience as most other teams will take a while till they 'find' themselves...when they do they will be a lot more competitive than what they are seeing a .500 yr...look back at the quality of players we lost...its rare to lose that many of your best at one time...if you didnt see this coming,you were'nt following vandy basketball...ive been a loyal fan since 1969 and im not about to bad mouth these kids...they need our support..if you really want to see them tank,then dont give them the support a loyal fan will...they feed off of that....i know my family will get behind them and ride out what im sure will be a very bumpy season...and if any of you are a real fan,then you will money says ya'll are just couch and internet fans....

By: eamus-catuli on 11/23/12 at 8:22

Stallings hasn't recruited a top 100 player since John Jenkins and he's only got one signed for next year = he's become a real recruiting liability. I don't think Vandy will fire him during the year but they should definitely ask him to leave after the season is over. You had a nice run Coach but now you stink!

"Make something idiot-proof and the world will build a better idiot"

By: 4gold on 11/24/12 at 6:29

Oh sure we were expecting a drop off but this team is a landslide into oblivion. I have never seen an SEC team this void of offensive talent. When Taylor, Goulburn and crew hit the floor as freshemen your could see" Hey we got something here" With this bunch there is no hope. West Virginia beat Marist by 43 points the night before. Marist beat VU 17 after being down 25. So I guess that puts this team 60 points worse than West Virginia that lost to Davidson last night. Life in the SEC will be nightly 50 point blowouts. When VU slides this far it will take a decade to build another team.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: TITAN1 on 11/24/12 at 3:26

This is a very young team and real fans will continue to support them. Blowhards and fair weather fans will not. Who needs them. The future looks bright again! GO VANDY!

By: 4gold on 11/25/12 at 11:10

Young is no excuse for what Stallings is putting on the floor. Bright looks like a total recruiting bust, Moats looks lost with one eye on bench for someone to tell him what to do. He was suppose to be a shooter and guessing he is 1 for 50 outside of layups. Harrison is so slow and non athletic. Why does Stallings keep recruiting guys like that? Siakam is the only athletic looking guy out there. He is quick and can move under the basket. Odum was horrific in all categories. Wierd spins on all his shots crawling off the back of rim. Shots that should have been dunks. I have followed VU since F Troop and a little before that with Tom Arnholt. VU has had some lean years. CM Newtons 4th year would have gotten any other coach fired but this team is worse. All they are missing is Daryl Dulaney running over people and getting 3 charging calls in first minute on the floor.

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