Top of the Key: MBB vs. Vanderbilt

The Gamecocks host the Commodores at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Life Arena tonight. The team looks to improve its conference record to 3-0 and pick up another SEC win at home. You can watch the game live on CSS, ESPN360.com, and ESPN Full Court. You can also listen live to the Gamecock ISP Sports Network with Andy Demetra and Casey Manning.

South Carolina (11-5, 2-0) Notes

  • The series with Vanderbilt is tied at 22-22. South Carolina holds an 11-9 advantage in games played in Columbia.
  • The Gamecocks will continue to look to Devan Downey whose 3.1 steals per game lead the league and rank second in the nation.
  • Junior forward Sam Muldrow is still in search of his first career double-double. He has recorded two games with double-digit rebounds – they just have not matched his 12 career double-digit scoring games.
  • Devan Downey leads the team and the league in scoring with 20.1 ppg. He has lead or shared the team lead in 12 games this season. Downey’s on a hot streak of late, scoring 62 points in the first two league games of the season.
  • South Carolina is 5-0 in games in which it hits at least 50% from the field. From beyond the arc, the Gamecocks are 4-1 when connecting on at least 40% of their attempts.

Vanderbilt (13-3, 2-0) Notes

  • In the Kevin Stallings era, the Commodores have started off 2-0 in conference play twice (2004, 05, 2005-06), but have never started 3-0.
  • Junior center A.J. Ogilvy has scored 20 or more points in 20 games in his three-year Vanderbilt career, and the Commodores are 19-1 in those games. Also, when he attempts 10 or more free throws, VU is 15-1 in his three-year career.
  • Senior guard Jermaine Beal’s scoring has continued to increase each season. In 2009-10 so far, he is averaging 13.2 points per game. He is also 17 points shy of the 1,000-point barrier in his VU career.
  • Stallings has a 9-11 record all-time against South Carolina, but has won six out of his last seven games against the Gamecocks.
  • Vanderbilt has had five different leading scorers, five different leading rebounders, five different assist leaders, and six different leading shot blockers so far this season. Eight different Commodores have scored in double figures this season.
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