Vanderbilt-Toledo Notes

The struggling Vanderbilt Commodores will try to get on track Saturday night against the Toledo Rocket (7 p.m tipoff, no TV). Inside are starting lineups, team notes and statistical comparisons.

Vanderbilt vs. Toledo

SiteMemorial Gym (14,168)
Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeDec. 2, 2006 • 7 P.M. CT
TelevisionNone
Radio104.5 FM
General School/ Team Information
.VanderbiltToledo
Head CoachKevin StallingsStan Joplin
ConferenceSEC EastMAC
Record1-32-3
Series RecordVU leads, 2-0
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt

3 - Alex Gordon, G, 5-11, 164, Jr. (10.3 ppg, 3.0 apg)
32 - Shan Foster, G/F, 6-6, 200, Jr. (12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
4 - Derrick Byars, G/F, 6-7, 230, Sr. (12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg)
20 - Dan Cage, G, 6-5, 215, Sr. (10.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
41 - Ross Neltner, F, 6-9, 247, Jr. (11.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

Toledo

10 - Kashif Payne, G, 5-9, 155, Jr. (3.6 ppg, 4.8 apg)
31 - Tyrone Kent, G, 6-5, 200, So. (5.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
20 - Justin Ingram, G, 6-3, 183, Sr. (17.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
22 - Keonta Howell, F, 6-5, 225, Sr. (17.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
42 - Florentino Valencia, F, 6-6, 234, Sr. (13.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Stats Comparison
.Vanderbilt Toledo
Scoring Offense72.863.6
Scoring Defense78.568.4
Scoring Margin-5.7-4.8
FG%.432.421
FG% Defense.483.476
3FG%.286.340
3FG% Defense.338.382
Free Throw %.722.693
Rebounding33.030.0
Turnovers13.818.8
Opponent Turnovers15.819.6
Steals7.58.6
Blocks2.32.4

Scouting Toledo: Toledo comes to Nashville with a 2-3 record after dropping a 57-52 decision at Drexel on Wednesday. The Rocket are led by the trio of swingman Keonta Howell (17.4 ppg, 19-40 3FGs), guard Justin Ingram (17.4 ppg) and forward Florentino Valencia (13.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

One of the three has led the Rockets in scoring in every game this season. Howell and Ingram combined for 53 of Toledo's 75 points in the Rockets, 75-69, overtime win against Middle Tennessee at the Paradise Jam.

Toledo is playing its first seven games of the season away from home -- the longest such stretch in school history.

The Rockets were picked to finish first in the Western Division of the Mid-American Conference by the MAC News Media Association prior to the start of the season. Toledo has finished either first or second in the division in seven of the last eight seasons.


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