Vanderbilt has been one of the more disappointing teams in America this season. At 9-7 on the season and 1-3 in the SEC, it’s hard to sugarcoat that.
However, it’s worth noting that during their rough patch they didn’t have the services of junior big man Luke Kornet. You see, Kornet is one of the rarest of rare players: a stretch-five who can not only knock down 3s with efficiency, but also protect the rim with impunity. Around the country, you can basically count on one hand the amount of players who can do this.
On Tuesday night, Kornet showed why he’s so critical to what the Commodores want to do, going for 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 blocks in their 75-57 win over Auburn. Yup, you read that right, Kornet threw up a triple-double with blocks.
It’s the second triple-double in Vanderbilt history. Brad Tinsley did it in 2010. Also, it’s the 15th triple-double in college hoops this season, and the first one to feature double-digit blocks. The last time someone put up a triple-double with blocks was last March, when Florida International’s Adrian Diaz had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 13 blocks against UAB.
And the funny thing is, Vanderbilt almost had its third triple-double in history on the same night. Point guard Wade Baldwin went off for 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. It was a complete performance from the Commodores, who will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday with another home game, this time against Alabama.