Vanderbilt-Alabama A&M Notes

Vanderbilt hopes to win it's ninth game of the season Friday night when they host Alabama A&M. Here's all the stats, starting lineups and notes for the game.

Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M

SiteMemorial Gym (14,168)
Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeDEC. 29, 2006 • 7 P.M. CT
TelevisionNone
Radio104.5 FM
General School/ Team Information
.VanderbiltAlabama A&M
Head CoachKevin StallingsVann Pettway
ConferenceSEC EastSWAC
Record8-45-5
Series RecordVU leads, 3-0
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt

3 - Alex Gordon, G, 5-11, 164, Jr. (8.4 ppg, 3.8 apg)
32 - Shan Foster, G/F, 6-6, 200, Jr.(14.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
4 - Derrick Byars, G/F, 6-7, 230, Sr. (14.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg)
20 - Dan Cage, G, 6-5, 215, Sr. (10.2 ppg, 2.3 apg)
41 - Ross Neltner, F, 6-9, 247, Jr. (12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

Alabama A&M

10 - Trant Simpson, G, 6-0, 165, Fr. (9.8 ppg, 5.4 apg)
11 - Cornelius Hester, G, 6-3, 175, Fr. (11.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
30 - LaNorris Smith, G, 6-4, 210, Fr. (6.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
52 - Jonathan Inman, F, 6-5, 215, Fr. (2.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
40 - Mickell Gladness, C, 6-11, 190, Jr. (5.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.2 bpg)

Stats Comparison
.Vanderbilt Alabama A&M
Scoring Offense79.859.9
Scoring Defense69.269.4
Scoring Margin+10.5-9.5
FG%.468.393
FG% Defense.430.422
3FG%.354.294
3FG% Defense.302.308
Free Throw %.741.588
Rebounding34.233.7
Assists16.810.4
Turnovers12.819.8
Opponent Turnovers17.919.2
Steals8.58.9
Blocks2.36.9

Scouting Alabama A&M

Friday's game against Vanderbilt marks the third consecutive road game for Alabama A&M (5-5). The Bulldogs lost both of their previous games prior to the Holiday break, dropping an 82-55 decision at Nebraska on Dec. 17 and falling 81-57 at Ole Miss on Dec. 22. Alabama A&M has played one other Southeastern Conference member this season, losing 80-36 at Georgia on Nov. 24.

The Bulldogs are young with eight freshmen and 10 underclassmen on their 15-man roster.

Freshman guard Cornelius Hester leads the squad, averaging 11.2 points. His 26 3-pointers are a team-high. Fellow freshman guard Trant Simpson leads the squad in assists (5.4 apg) and ranks second in scoring (9.8 ppg). Junior forward Mickell Gladness lurks in the paint, averaging a team-best 7.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks.

The Bulldogs were 13-13 overall last season, finishing the regular season on a five-game win streak before dropping their opening game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament to Arkansas Pine Bluff.


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