Vanderbilt-Georgia Tech Notes

The Vanderbilt Commodores hope to win their fourth straight game this afternoon when they host Georgia Tech (4 PM tipoff, ESPN2). Here are game notes, starting lineups and a statistical comparison.

Vanderbilt vs. Georgia Tech

SiteMemorial Gym (14,168)
Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeDEC. 9, 2006 • 4 P.M. CT
TelevisionESPN2
Radio104.5 FM
General School/ Team Information
.VanderbiltGeorgia Tech
Head CoachKevin StallingsPaul Hewitt
ConferenceSEC EastACC
Record6-26-2
Series RecordVU leads, 37-31
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt

3 - Alex Gordon, G, 5-11, 164, Jr. (8.6 ppg, 2.9 apg)
32 - Shan Foster, G/F, 6-6, 200, Jr. (16.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
4 - Derrick Byars, G/F, 6-7, 230, Sr. (15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg)
20 - Dan Cage, G, 6-5, 215, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 2.0 apg)
41 - Ross Neltner, F, 6-9, 247, Jr. (13.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

Georgia Tech

1 - Javaris Crittenton, G, 6-5, 198, Fr. (14.8 ppg, 5.5 apg)
0 - Lewis Clinch, G, 6-3, 195, So. (18.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
33 - Thaddeus Young, F, 6-8, 217, Fr. (12.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
32 - Jeremis Smith, F, 6-8, 236, Jr. (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
35 - Zach Peacock, F/C, 6-8, 235, Fr. (8.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

Stats Comparison
.Vanderbilt Georgia Tech
Scoring Offense78.986.1
Scoring Defense74.173.8
Scoring Margin+4.7+12.4
FG%.456.514
FG% Defense.468.459
3FG%.342.390
3FG% Defense.341.331
Free Throw %.730.654
Rebounding34.137.5
Assists16.416.5
Turnovers12.115.1
Opponent Turnovers15.616.4
Steals6.69.3
Blocks2.63.4

Scouting Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech (6-2) comes to Nashville ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 90-82 setback in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Miami on Dec. 3. Georgia Tech returns six of the squad's top seven scorers from last year's 11-17 squad that finished 11th in the league (4-12). However, three of the Yellow Jackets' top five scorers this season are freshmen. Sophomore guard Lewis Clinch leads the team averaging 18.0 points a game. He is shooting 57.5 percent from the field (50-of-87) and 48.9 percent from 3- point range (22-of-45). Freshman guard Javaris Crittenton averages 14.8 points and a team-best 5.5 assists per contest. Junior forward Jeremis Smith leads Georgia Tech with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Georgia Tech was picked to finish fourth in the ACC in the league's preseason media poll. Junior guard Anthony Morrow was tabbed Second Team All-ACC while freshman forward Thaddeus Young, from Memphis, was forecasted as the league's Rookie of the Year.


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