Recap: Vanderbilt 82, Southern Miss 46

Eric AdamsContributor IJanuary 3, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 13:  A.J. Ogilvy #4 of the Vanderbilt Commodores dunks the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Commodores defeated the Tigers 93-82.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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After Vanderbilt's win over Manhattan, I joked on my blog's Twitter account about John Jenkins post-game quote:

I’m a little disappointed with my three-point effort today,” Jenkins said. “I can get better and I’ll work on it.”

That was after going 3-for-7 from behind the arc. Not too shabby. But tonight's performance showed that Jenkins wasn't kidding. The super freshman led the Commodores with 20 points (6-for-6 from 3-point range) in their 82-46 victory over Southern Miss.

You can feel the Vandy faithful beginning to fall in love with the kid. The crowd is waiting to explode every time he launches a shot. When he catches the ball, I always hear a couple fans yell "Shoot It", regardless of the situation. As the season progresses, I think he'll oblige them more and more.

“Confidence is definitely something I struggled with at the beginning of the year," Jenkins said. "Confidence makes me shoot better and it’s something that has gotten better as the season goes on. I come out confident and I feel that the team has confidence in me too. (Not having to take every shot), that’s a big adjustment. I’m not worried about creating my own shot. I know it’s going to come.”

Jenkins has a lot of swagger to him, and appears to be a really good teammate. He does a lot of the little things you like to see. When anybody on Vandy makes a great play, he's always one of the first over to congratulate them. And for a player who averaged 40+ last year in high school, it's remarkable how unselfish he plays. It will be a blast to watch him play for the next couple of years.

A few other random thoughts from the night:

How great was that Andre Walker dunk?! That was nasty. So was his stat line: 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. He may put up a quadruple-double against Middle Tennessee.

The Commodores have four players that can carry the scoring load on a given night. Jenkins, Jermaine Beal, A.J. Ogilvy, and Jeffery Taylor. Speaking of Taylor....

The blowout happened with Taylor riding the pine. He got into early foul trouble and was a non-factor. It's encouraging when a team's best player doesn't contribute and everybody else picks up the slack.

Just when I thought Brad Tinsley had turned the corner, he puts up an 0-for-5 from the floor.

Every stat sheet that I've seen says that Jenkins was perfect for the night. He wasn't. In the second half, he missed a three from the baseline. Didn't anybody else see that?

I've been hard on Lance Goulbourne to start the season. He had a quality game, scoring two points and grabbing seven rebounds. I hope he's on the verge of becoming a big asset to the team.

A.J. and Jermaine did what they are supposed to. The veterans combined for 32 points, 10 rebounds, zero turnovers, and 12-14 from the stripe. Jenkins is going to get the headlines, but Ogilvy and Beal deserve a huge pat on the back.

Beal is getting an MRI on his thumb. Both he and Stallings didn't act like it was that big of a deal.

Up Next

It's a very quick turnaround for the 'Dores. They host Middle Tennessee State on Monday, then welcome Florida to town on Saturday to begin SEC play.