Vanderbilt 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Vanderbilt Commodores - SEC (20-11, 10-6)
Seed: #6 - East Region
Big Wins: 1/10 Tennessee (82-81), 1/20 at Kentucky (72-67), 2/17 Florida (83-70)
Bad Losses: 11/21 at Wake Forest (78-88), 11/28 Furman (62-70), 1/6 at Auburn (65-68)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2004, Sweet Sixteen loss to Connecticut
Coach: Kevin Stallings (3-3 in 3 NCAA appearances)
Probable Vanderbilt Starters:
Alex Gordon, Junior, Guard, 7.7 ppg, 3.4 apg
Dan Cage, Senior, Guard, 11.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, 3.0 rpg
Derrick Byars, Senior, Forward, 16.8 ppg, 3.4 apg, 4.9 rpg
Shan Foster, Junior, Forward, 15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Ross Neltner, Junior, Forward, 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Vanderbilt:
Jermaine Beal, Freshman, Guard, 3.9 ppg, 1.8 apg
George Drake, Freshman, Guard, 2.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg
JeJuan Brown, Freshman, Forward, 3.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Ted Skuchas, Senior, Center, 4.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Vanderbilt has a pair of dynamic wings that can put up points in a hurry. Derrick Byars leads the team in scoring and is second in assists and rebounds.He will do a little bit of everything and is the best defender on the squad. Shan Foster’s numbers are not far behind those of Byars and the duo can shoot and slash their way past any team in the nation.
Byars and Foster, along with fellow starter Dan Cage, are very dangerous from behind the arc. The long ball is a very important aspect to the Commodores offense and, if they are falling, Vandy can beat anybody. They drained 15 in their upset of Alabama, 11 at Kentucky, ten at LSU and ten in the upset of top ranked Florida.
Why Vanderbilt Can Disappoint:
When the three point shots are not falling, Vanderbilt is in trouble, like when they shot 2 for 17 in a loss to Furman. The biggest problem though is in the frontcourt. Ross Neltner has stepped in after transferring from LSU and become a decent post scorer and rebounder, but with what is virtually a four guard line-up, the 6-9 junior can only do so much. Getting outrebounded by two a gamemakes it very difficult for a defense that can have a few lapses as it is.
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Who To Watch:
The Commodores may give up some rebounds, but they will not give up the ball very much otherwise. The team ranks third in the conference, committing just 12.6 turnovers per contest. Point guard Alex Gordon dishes out 3.4 assists and only turns it over 1.5 times per game and the rest of the team sports a nice ratio as well. The scrappy Gordon is looking more and more comfortable with each passing game and the sophomore can get to the basket and do some scoring.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 76.6 (36th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 71.1 (221, 10)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.9 (87, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 44.1 (181, 9)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.7 (54, 1)
Rebound Margin: -2.1 (248, 10)
Assists Per Game: 17.0 (16, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.5 (45, 3)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Sweet Sixteen loss to Georgetown
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