No. 16 Vanderbilt isn't just winning against the teams they're supposed to beat in 2015 - with the exception of Stony Brook, they're destroying them. That trend continued on Wednesday night as the Commodores blew Detroit out of Memorial Gym in a 102-52 victory.
How lopsided was that win? So lopsided that Vandy reserve point guard Carter Josephs scored his first points in nearly three years. Josephs was one of 12 Commodores to score against the Titans. Seven of those players hit double figures - which included season-high performances from Joseph Toye, Josh Henderson, and Nolan Cressler. Wade Baldwin IV led all scorers with 20 points, while Damian Jones had 10 points and three rebounds in a contest where the 'Dores barely needed their top players.
How bad was it? Luke Kornet, the team's third-ranked scorer, didn't even get a basket until nearly 26 minutes had passed in this game. At that point, the 'Dores led 66-30. He finished the game with only two points, but added 11 rebounds and five blocks as he builds his draft stock as a legitimate NBA big man.
Detroit got off to a hot start when they took a 5-0 lead, but Vanderbilt roared back with a 23-4 run that put this game away midway through the first half. The Titans had no answer for Vandy's balanced scoring and defensive attack. They made only five of their 43 two-point attempts in the loss.
The win improved Vanderbilt to 6-1 on the season, while Detroit fell to 2-3. The Commodores will return to action on Sunday when they travel to Texas to face No. 25 Baylor in a rematch of their 2014 Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup. The Bears won that game 66-63.