Why Vanderbilt is bad at home, better on road in SEC

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLOle Miss 81, Vandy 74: Postgame | 1:21

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew recaps home loss to Ole Miss. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLLuke Kornet breaks 7-footer shooting record | 0:58

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew talks about Luke Kornet breaking the NCAA record for 3-pointers made by a 7-footer Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt 84, Iowa State 78 | 1:01

Vandy coach Bryce Drew's remarks after beating Iowa State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLArkansas 71, Vanderbilt 70: Postgame reaction | 1:31

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew reviews a 71-70 loss to Arkansas. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt returns home after upset win at Florida | 1:00

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew reviews the 68-66 win over No. 25 Florida & looks ahead to game against Arkansas. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLHow Vanderbilt upset Florida | 0:43

Vanderbilt beat No. 19 Florida 68-66 in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday for the Commodores' biggest win under coach Bryce Drew so far. Kevin Procter / USA Today Network – Tennessee

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt's Matthew Fisher-Davis may come off bench vs. Florida | 1:33

Coach Bryce Drew previews Saturday's game at No. 21 Florida Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLBryce Drew answers for 3-game losing streak | 0:21

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew after an 87-75 loss to Tennessee. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLJordan Bone's homecoming beats Vandy | 0:58

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes talks about former Ensworth standout Jordan Bone's career night in an 87-75 win over Vanderbilt Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt praises talented Kentucky lineup | 1:47

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew & senior Luke Kornet preview Tuesday's game versus Kentucky. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt loses to No. 6 Kentucky 87-81 | 1:46

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew's postgame press conference after loss to Kentucky Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt 80, Auburn 61: Postgame | 1:25

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew's press conference after rout of Auburn. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLPreviewing Vanderbilt's SEC home opener | 0:59

Coach Bryce Drew & Nolan Cressler preview the Auburn game & review an SEC-opening win over LSU Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt 2016: Year in Review | 1:20

A few headlines from Vanderbilt's 2016 sports year Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt's Bryce Drew returns to birthplace at LSU | 0:40

Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew will coach his first SEC game at LSU, where his dad was coaching when he was born. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLVanderbilt ready for new season with SEC slate | 1:00

Vanderbilt opens SEC schedule at LSU Thursday night. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLMTSU 71, Vanderbilt 48: Postgame reaction | 5:22

Joe Rexrode, Adam Sparks & Aldo Amato break down MTSU's victory over Vanderbilt. Adam Sparks

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VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALLBryce Drew on making "The Shot" to upset Ole Miss | 1:26

At SEC Media Days, Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew fields questions about making "The Shot" in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Adam Sparks

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  • Ole Miss 81, Vandy 74: Postgame
  • Luke Kornet breaks 7-footer shooting record
  • Vanderbilt 84, Iowa State 78
  • Arkansas 71, Vanderbilt 70: Postgame reaction
  • Vanderbilt returns home after upset win at Florida
  • How Vanderbilt upset Florida
  • Vanderbilt's Matthew Fisher-Davis may come off bench vs. Florida
  • Bryce Drew answers for 3-game losing streak
  • Jordan Bone's homecoming beats Vandy
  • Vanderbilt praises talented Kentucky lineup
  • Vanderbilt loses to No. 6 Kentucky 87-81
  • Vanderbilt 80, Auburn 61: Postgame
  • Previewing Vanderbilt's SEC home opener
  • Vanderbilt 2016: Year in Review
  • Vanderbilt's Bryce Drew returns to birthplace at LSU
  • Vanderbilt ready for new season with SEC slate
  • MTSU 71, Vanderbilt 48: Postgame reaction
  • Bryce Drew on making "The Shot" to upset Ole Miss

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has lost four consecutive SEC home games, but it touts a winning record on the road in league play.

It’s among the most perplexing contrasts for first-year coach , whose Commodores (11-12, 4-6 SEC) play at (17-6, 6-4 SEC) on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network) in one of the most daunting arenas in college basketball. The Razorbacks tout a 12-2 overall home record at Bud Walton Arena this season.

In SEC play, Vanderbilt has a 1-4 home record and 3-2 road mark. Drew said his staff has discussed the source of the disparity, but no distinct answers have been found.

“There’s nothing really that we can put our finger on as one thing that changes (from road to home games),” Drew said. “But collectively we are talking about it to see if we can bottle that approach from the last couple of (consecutive road wins).”

Here are three areas where Drew could look in Vanderbilt’s different performances from home to road in SEC games:

Faltering finishes

Vanderbilt has struggled down the stretch at Memorial Gym. It has been outscored in the second half in each of its four consecutive SEC home losses. The worst letdown came in an  on Saturday, when the Commodores squandered a five-point halftime lead and were outscored by 12 in the second half.

Conversely, Vanderbilt has outscored its opponents in the second half in four of its five SEC road games. Its best finish came in a , when the Commodores overcame a five-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Gators by seven in the second half.

Second-chance points

Vanderbilt has shot a higher field-goal percentage at home (46.2) than on the road (44.9), but it’s had more offensive opportunities in the latter games. The Commodores have struggled mightily on the offensive boards at home, losing 52-29 in that category. But on the road, they have pulled down 45 offensive rebounds compared to 54 by their opponents.

To further emphasize the point, 27.1 percent of Vanderbilt’s rebounds in road games have come on offense, where it has prolonged possessions. Only 17.6 percent of its rebounds at home have been offensive, usually trimming possessions to only one shot.

Defensive deficiencies

Seven of Vanderbilt’s 10 SEC games have been decided by eight points or fewer. The difference in wins and losses has often come in the Commodores’ ability to get consecutive defensive stops late in the game.

Defensively, Vanderbilt has held opponents to only 68.8 points per game on the road, but it has allowed 77.4 points per game at home. And forcing a turnover to win a game has been nearly impossible. Vanderbilt averages only four steals per game, ranked 341st among 347 Division I teams. It has made only 18 steals in five SEC home games but 25 steals in five SEC road games, often late ones to secure close wins in hostile environments.

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VANDERBILT (11-12, 4-6 SEC) at ARKANSAS (17-6, 6-4)

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

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