The 2012-13 Vanderbilt men's basketball season gets underway this Friday with an exhibition game against St. Xavier (Ill.) at Memorial Gym, with the action set to tip off at 7 p.m.
The reigning 2012 SEC Tournament champions face off against Division II St. Xavier, who posted a 23-9 overall record and returns its leading scorer, rebounder, and blocked shot leader (Brad Karp) and also its leading assist man in Roosevelt Green. St. Xavier, out of Chicago, is the alma mater of Vanderbilt assistant coach Tom Richardson, who played for St. Xavier from 1974-77.
The Commodores return a very young, but talented, squad from last season's team, with sophomore point guard Kedren Johnson the leading scorer returning from a year ago at 3.1 points per contest. Junior forward Rod Odom also returns after playing in all 36 games a year ago.