Three-point defense is job number-one for Vanderbilt at Butler

It won’t be good for Vanderbilt if someone from Butler gets going from 3-point range on Tuesday.

It also won’t be unusual.

Coach Kevin Stallings was critical of the Commodores’ perimeter defense following Friday’s 80-69 victory over Lipscomb, in which Bisons guard J.C. Hampton made five of 12 3-point attempts.

“It’s the third game in a row where we’ve let a perimeter guy just kind of annihilate us,” Stallings said. “So the pride in our perimeter defense is going to have to go up significantly if we’re going to hope to be any good.”

In the season-opener, Georgia State got 48 points and four 30-pointers from starting guards Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter. Even in an exhibition contest, Alabama-Huntsville’s Dedrick Wayne made seven of 15 from beyond the stripe.

Butler (2-0), which hosts Vanderbilt (2-0) at 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1), has attempted 41 3-pointers through its first two games. That’s more than one-third of its 120 total field goal attempts.

Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham has made five of 13 and freshman guard Elijah Brown has hit on four of 10.

“I think we need to control penetration more, and I think that will help not leave so many guys open and let so many guys get going,” senior Rod Odom said. “When they get in the lane they get open 3s for their teammates and it kind of gets them into a rhythm and they start feeling like they can make more shots than their accustomed to making.”

Or more shots than Stallings is comfortable with them making.