Report Card: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia Tech

Vanderbilt defeated Georgia Tech, 73-64, on Saturday to pick up a big win over a top 25 program. VandyMania grades several areas of the Commodores performance and the coaching staff.

Shooting

 

51% from the field and 40% from 3-point range is outstanding.  There was a little lull there at the end of the first half where they couldn't throw it in the ocean but it was a great effort.  Shan Foster, Derrick Byars and Alex Gordon all had a great game from beyond the arc.  These guys are getting more confidence in their shooting.   Free throw shooting has been super all season and it was the 10 made free throws down the stretch that ensured Vanderbilt would get the victory.

 

Grade: A-


Rebounding

 

Vanderbilt was out rebounded 38-27 but like coach Stallings said in his post game comments, ". . . apparently  we got enough of them."   JeJuan Brown did outstanding getting four rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.  Dan Cage netted four also while playing as an under-size forward.  Definitely room for improvement here but the team made up for this deficiency with their tenacious defense that resulted in 25 Tech turnovers.

 

Grade: C


Defense

 

The defense continues to improve after dismal showings in the first several games.  Holding a top 25 team to 64 points is outstanding.  Vanderbilt has figured it out on defense as they harassed an athletic team athletic team and came out with a big win.   Let's hope they can keep it up! 

 

Grade:  A


Intangibles

 

Vanderbilt had 17 total assists while Tech mustered only 7.   Vandy also did a good job staying out of foul trouble.  Vanderbilt fans and students did a super job supporting the team during this game.  It seemed like old times during the game.   

 

 

Grade: A-


Backcourt

 

Alex Gordon had an excellent game.  In 31 minutes of action he had only 2 turnovers while contributing 6 assists.  He also scored 14 points in the winning effort.  Derrick Byars 18 points were a key to the victory.  Jermaine Beal had 6 turnovers in 10 minutes of action.  He'll get better.  

 

Grade: B+


Frontcourt

 

Ross Neltner had an off game, scoring only 6 points after having double digit efforts the past several games but he made up for it with great defensive play.   Shan Foster was on fire shooting wise in both halves.  Ted Skuchas continues to give quality minutes in his senior campaign.    

 

Grade: B+


Coaching

 

Head coach Kevin Stallings and his staff have done a good job picking this team up off the floor and giving them hope.   Many had written this team off just a couple weeks ago but things are looking up now.  If the team keeps improving they might even make a run towards an NCAA bid.  Hats off to the coaching staff!

 

Grade: A


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