Vanderbilt-Rice Notes

Vanderbilt travels to Houston, Texas tonight to face the Rice Owls. The Commodores hope to pick up their tenth win of the season before starting SEC play. Look inside for team starting lineups, stats comparisons and game notes.

Vanderbilt vs. Rice

SiteAutry Court (5,000)
Houston, Texas
Date/TimeJAN. 2, 2007 • 7 P.M. CT
TelevisionCSS
Radio104.5 FM
General School/ Team Information
.VanderbiltRice
Head CoachKevin StallingsWillis Wilson
ConferenceSEC EastC-USA
Record6-59-4
Series RecordVU leads, 13-3
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt

3 - Alex Gordon, G, 5-11, 164, Jr. (8.0 ppg, 3.8 apg)
32 - Shan Foster, G/F, 6-6, 200, Jr. (14.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
4 - Derrick Byars, G/F, 6-7, 230, Sr. (15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.0 apg)
20 - Dan Cage, G, 6-5, 215, Sr. (10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
41 - Ross Neltner, F, 6-9, 247, Jr. (12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

Rice

1 - Chris Hagan, G, 5-9, 165, Fr. (8.9 ppg, 3.8 apg)
22 - Morris Almond, G, 6-6, 215, Sr. (30.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
32 - Cory Pflieger, G, 6-2, 175, So. (7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
41 - Patrick Britton, F, 6-8, 200, Jr. (4.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
31 - Greg Killings, C, 6-10, 240, Sr. (7.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

Stats Comparison
.Vanderbilt Rice
Scoring Offense80.276.5
Scoring Defense67.570.5
Scoring Margin+12.7+5.9
FG%.467.477
FG% Defense.424.417
3FG%.361.429
3FG% Defense.289.342
Free Throw %.736.729
Rebounding35.235.1
Assists17.215.3
Turnovers12.617.6
Opponent Turnovers17.817.2
Steals8.57.2
Blocks2.53.9

Scouting Rice

Rice enters Tuesday's game having won four of its last five games. The Owls are coming off a 67-62 win over Western Carolina at the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic in Moraga, Calif.

Rice features one of the most gifted scorers in the nation in 6-6 guard Morris Almond. The Georgia native enters Tuesday's game averaging 30.3 points after dropping in 36 points against Western Carolina. The All-America candidate has reached double figures in scoring all 11 games this season for the Owls and also leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 per game.

Guard Chris Hagan leads the squad in assists with 3.8 per game. Center Greg Killings posted back-to-back double figure games against Gonzaga (18 points, eight rebounds) and Colorado State (12 points and seven rebounds).

Entering last week the Owls led Conference USA in 3-point percentage (.445), were second in free throw percentage (.712) and third in field goal percentage (.486).


Rice guard Morris Almond, right, drives around Utah forward Kim Tillie (14) during the first half of a basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)


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