Vanderbilt-East Tennessee Notes

The Vanderbilt Commodores hope to even their record at 3-3 tonight when they host East Tennessee State. Inside are team notes, rosters and statistical comparisons.

Vanderbilt vs. East Tennessee

SiteMemorial Gym (14,168)
Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeDEC. 5, 2006 • 8 P.M. CT
TelevisionCSS
Radio104.5 FM
General School/ Team Information
.VanderbiltEast Tennessee
Head CoachKevin StallingsMurray Bartow
ConferenceSEC EastSouthern
Record2-35-4
Series RecordVU leads, 7-0
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt

3 - Alex Gordon, G, 5-11, 164, Jr. (8.8 ppg, 2.4 apg)
32 - Shan Foster, G/F, 6-6, 200, Jr. (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
4 - Derrick Byars, G/F, 6-7, 230, Sr.-Tr. (15.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.8 apg)
20 - Dan Cage, G, 6-5, 215, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
41 - Ross Neltner, F, 6-9, 247, Jr.-Tr. (13.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

East Tennessee

23 - Tayloe Taylor, G, 6-2, 155, So. (5.8 ppg, 3.8 apg)
3 - Courtney Pigram, G, 6-0, 180, So. (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg)
20 - Eryk Thomas, F, 6-6, 210, Sr. (6.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
35 - Andrew Reed, F, 6-8, 215, Jr. (7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
51 - Brad Nuckles, F, 6-9, 250, R-Sr. (12.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg)

Stats Comparison
.Vanderbilt East Tennessee
Scoring Offense77.867.3
Scoring Defense81.464.3
Scoring Margin-3.6+3.0
FG%.449.445
FG% Defense.497.393
3FG%.322.350
3FG% Defense.358.335
Free Throw %.709.710
Rebounding33.034.7
Turnovers13.418.3
Opponent Turnovers15.619.1
Steals7.09.7
Blocks2.63.6

Scouting ETSU: East Tennessee State is coming off a 75-61 road win at Stetson on Saturday. The Buccaneers have won three consecutive games and will finish off their current seven-game road swing tonight against Vanderbilt. ETSU is in its second season in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bucs finished 15-13 overall and 12-8 in the league a year ago.

Sophomore guard Courtney Pigram leads the Bucs and ranks fourth in the Atlantic Sun in scoring with 16.6 points per game. He has attempted more than a quarter of all of ETSU's field goal attempts this season (129 of ETSU's 479 FGAs). Pigram is shooting 37.2 percent from the field (48-of-129) and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc (26-of-69).

Senior forward Brad Nuckles leads the team and ranks 4th in the A-Sun with 8.2 rebounds per game. His 55.6 percent field goal shooting (40-of-72) ranks third in the league.


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