Report Card: Furman

Vanderbilt lost to Furman, 70-62 on Tuesday night. VandyMania grades several areas of the Vanderbilt team.

Shooting

 

41% field goals for the game could be worse but 12% (2 of 17) from 3 for the game! Give me a break.  The 'Dores were 0-9 from beyond the arc in the second half.  The Commodores also missed several point-blank lay-ups and chip shots.

 

Grade: D


 

Rebounding

 

Vandy was out rebounded 35-30 against Furman.  While 35-30 wouldn't seem that poor against an SEC foe, this wasn't the SEC.  Furman had a guard named Punch who finished with 9 rebounds.  Terrible. 

 

Grade: F

 


Defense

 

The defense showed improvement from the first three games.  However, they still have a ways to go.  Furman scored too easily in the second half. 

 

Grade:  C-


 

Intangibles

 

The Dores had 13 steals to Furman's 6 and 12 assists (Beal had 5) to Furman's 10. If Vandy just could have made a few more shots and played a little better defense late in the game they could have won.

 

Grade: C+

 


 

Backcourt

 

Starting guards Dan Cage and Alex Gordon combined for 1-9 from 3-point range.  Cage had 6 steals by himself.  Beal looks improved and hit his first career field goal during the game. 

 

Grade: C

 

 


Frontcourt

 

Shan Foster and Derrick Byars both had below par games.   Those two were a combined 5 of 25 from the field for 15 points.  Vandy needs at least one of them to score 15-20 points to be successful.  Foster did show up in the rebounding department, leading Vandy with 6 boards.  Ross Neltner continues to give the Commodores heady play under the basket.  He was 6-6 from the field with 12 points and 4 boards.  JeJuan Brown continues to develop.  Brown had several tip-ins off missed shots and finished with a dozen points and 4 boards.   Ted Skuchas finished with 4 points and 4 boards. 

 

Grade: C-

 

 


Coaching

 

The team should have been better prepared.  Losing to an undermanned Southern Conference team is an embarrassment.   In his defense, Kevin Stallings took the blame and admitted it was his job to have the team ready to play.  It may not be his job much longer if losses such as this continue to mount. 

 

Grade: F


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