San Juan Shootout Notes

The Vanderbilt Commodores tipoff the San Juan Shootout Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. CT against host Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Here's the complete tournament schedule and competing team information.

The Tournament

All times are Central time

SiteMario Morales Coliseum
San Juan, Puerto Rico
TV: NONE
Radio: 104.5 The Zone
First Round Games
Tuesday, 19 Dec.
Vanderbilt vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 9 AM
Northwestern vs. Tennessee Tech 11 AM
Utah vs. Central Florida 1 PM
Virginia vs. Appalachian State 3 PM
Second Round Games
Wednesday, 20 Dec.
Vanderbilt-Puerto Rico-Mayaguez loser
VS.
Northwestern- Tennessee Tech loser 9 AM

Utah-Central Florida loser
VS.
Virginia-Appalachian State loser 11 AM

Vanderbilt-Puerto Rico-Mayaguez winner
VS.
Northwestern-Tennessee Tech winner 1 PM

Utah-Central Florida winner
VS.
Virginia-Appalachian State 3 PM

Final Games
Thursday, 21 Dec.
7th Place: 9 AM

Consolation: 11 AM

3rd Place: 1 PM

Championship: 3 PM

The Teams

Vanderbilt Conference: SEC
Record: 6-3
Key Players: Shan Foster (15.7 ppg), Derrick Byars (14.6 ppg), Ross Neltner (12.7 ppg)
Notable wins: Georgia Tech
Scouting Report: Vanderbilt is coming off a 76-40 victory over visiting Nicholls State on Saturday. The Commodores held the Colonels to only 12 points in the first half -- a record for the fewest points in a half under head coach Kevin Stallings. Vanderbilt limited Nicholls State to only 13 field goals for the game while forcing the Colonels into 23 turnovers.

Junior forward Ross Neltner registered his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Jermaine Beal tossed in a career-high 15 points.

The victory was the 128th win for Stallings during his eight seasons at Vanderbilt. He is one win away from tying former Vanderbilt head coach C.M. Newton for third on the school's all-time coaching

Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Conference: NCAA Division II
Record: 0-6
Key Players: Williset Del Valle, Luis Ramirez
Notable wins: None
Scouting Report: Information is sketchy about Division II Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. No statistics were found on this team. However, Mayaguez appears to have yet to win a game this season. They have lost to division II opponents Florida Southern 101-64, Florida Tech 81-37, Rollins 83-56, Lynn 94-79, Tampa 76-65, Eckerd 80-63. Their top players appear to be Williset Del Valle and Luis Ramirez who both consistently scored in double figures in the few boxscores VandyMania was able to find.
Northwestern Conference: Big 10
Record: 6-2
Key Players: Craig Moore (11.3 ppg), Kevin Coble (10.6 ppg)
Notable wins: DePaul, Miami (Fla.)
Scouting Report: Vanderbilt is 4-1 all-time against Northwestern… The Commodores are 3-0 against the Wildcats at Memorial Gymnasium and 1-1 against Northwestern in Evanston… The teams have not met since an 86-66 Vanderbilt win on Dec. 3, 1992 in Nashville… The Commodores' lone loss in the series came the year prior, an 83-81 setback in Evanston… A matchup in San Juan would mark the first neutral site meeting in series history… Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings is 2-1 all-time against Northwestern.

Northwestern comes to San Juan having won five consecutive games after outlasting Wheaton (Ill.), 41-39, on Dec. 14. Forward Kevin Coble scored a team-high 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Guard Craig Moore added 10 points and five assists. Among Northwestern's six wins this season are home victories over DePaul (49-39) and Miami (Fla.) 61-59. Six of the Wildcats' eight games have been decided by five points or less.

Tennessee Tech Conference: OVC
Record: 4-4
Key Players: Anthony Fisher (19.8 ppg), Belton Rivers (18.8 ppg)
Notable wins: Bradley
Scouting Report: Vanderbilt is 12-6 all-time against Tennessee Tech… The Commodores are 11-1 against the Golden Eagles at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville and 1-5 against Tennessee Tech in Cookeville… The Commodores have won the last four meetings in the series, including a 98-79 victory on Dec. 13, 2003 in Nashville… A matchup in San Juan would mark the first neutral site meeting in series history… Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings is 1-0 all-time against Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles (4-4) came to San Juan having not played since defeating Southeastern Missouri, 91-76 in Cookeville on Dec. 9. Guards Belton Rivers and Anthony Fisher combined for 52 points to lead TTU to victory. Rivers earned Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 33 points, including 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range against SEMO. Anthony Fisher (19.8 ppg) and Rivers (18.8 ppg) serve as TTU's one-two punch offensively. Forward Amadi McKenzie almost averages a double-double with 13.3 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds. The Golden Eagles were picked to finish in third place in preseason balloting by head coaches and the league's SIDs.
Utah Conference: Mountain West
Record: 4-5
Key Players: Luke Nevill (19.1 ppg), Johnnie Bryant (15.7)
Notable wins: Washington State
Scouting Report: Utah (4-5) comes to San Juan after earning a 77-58 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday, Dec. 16. The win snapped a mini two-game losing streak for the Utes with both setbacks coming on the road. The Utes have lost by a combined eight points in four of their five losses this season. Utah entered last week ranked first in the Mountain West Conference and fourth in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 45.6 percent. Guard Johnnie Bryant and forward Shaun Green both have 25 or more 3-pointers on the season. Sophomore center Luke Nevill leads the squad with more than 18 points and nine rebounds per contest.
Central Florida Conference: C-USA
Record: 6-1
Key Players: Jermaine Taylor (18.1 ppg), Josh Peppers (11.3 ppg)
Notable wins: Florida Atlantic
Scouting Report: Vanderbilt and Central Florida have never met one another in series history.

Central Florida (6-1) visits San Juan after suffering its first loss of the season, 74-63, at Minnesota on Dec. 12. UCF's 6-0 start was its best mark to begin a year since the 1980 season. The Golden Knights began the year with six consecutive home games.

Sophomore guard Jermaine Taylor leads all Golden Knights in scoring with more than 18 points a contest. He had connected on a team-best 21 3-pointers entering this week's tournament. Senior forward Josh Peppers is the only other UCF player averaging double figures with more than 11 points per game.

Virginia Conference: ACC
Record: 6-1
Key Players: Sean Singletary (18.1 ppg), J.R. Reynolds (13.9 ppg)
Notable wins: North Carolina State, Arizona
Scouting Report: Virginia (6-1) came to San Juan after defeating Hampton, 77-58 on Saturday, Dec. 16. It marked the Cavaliers' first contest in 12 days due to semester finals. Virginia is 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season after topping N.C. State, 67-62, on Dec. 3. The Cavaliers opened the 2006-07 campaign with a 93-90 upset of nationally ranked Arizona on Nov. 12.

Preseason First Team All-ACC honoree Sean Singletary leads all UVa scorers with more than 16 points a game. The junior guard also leads the team in assists with more than six per game.

Senior guard J.R. Reynolds was tabbed Preseason Second Team All-ACC. He is averaging more than 14 points and nearly four assists.

Sophomore swingman Mamadi Diane earned league player of the week accolades after netting a career-high 25 points against Arizona in the season opener. He averages more than 14 points.

Appalachian State Conference: Southern
Record: 7-3
Key Players: D.J. Thompson (16.5 ppg), Demetrius Scott (10.8 ppg)
Notable wins: Campbell
Scouting Report: Vanderbilt is 2-0 all-time against Appalachian State with both games coming during the Kevin Stallings era … The Commodores topped the Mountaineers, 63-48, on Dec. 22, 2003 and 68-51 on Dec. 22, 2004.

Appalachian State (7-3) visits San Juan after posting a 87-84 victory over Georgia Southern on Dec. 16. The victory moved the Mountaineers to 3-0 in the Southern Conference.

Senior guard D.J. Thompson leads the team with more than 15 points and four assists per outing. He has more than 40 3-pointers on the season. Junior forward Jeremy Clayton averages more than seven rebounds per game.

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