Report Card: Vanderbilt vs. Rice

The Commodores looked magnificent at times and in disarray at other times but in the end the good guys came out on top. Here's the Commodores report card for the Rice game.



Vandy shot the lights out in the first half hitting 64% of their field goals and 55% of their 3-pointers.  Shan Foster was on fire in the first half.  Foster made 10 of 12 field goals and 4 of 5 3-pointers in the initial half.  Vandy finished the game with a very respectable 52% from the field and 42% from 3-point land.  Free throws, which Vandy has excelled at so far this season, were a problem through much of the game.   The Dores managed only 60% for the game.   Ted Skuchas and Alex Gordon were a combined 2 of 10 from the line.  Hats off to Dan Cage who made 8 of 10 free throws, most of them in the last minute of the game.   


Grade: B



Again, Vanderbilt was out rebounded, this time 36-34.  What's really scary is that Rice had 11 offensive rebounds to Vanderbilt's 4.  However, take into consideration that since Vanderbilt was much more accurate in shooting that they had less chances to get offensive rebounds.  Ross Neltner again led the Commodores in rebounds, this time with 7 boards.  As Alan Metcalfe gets healthier this statistic should improve for Vandy. 


Grade: C

It wasn't the stellar defense we've seen in several games this season but Vandy got it done, especially in the first half.   In fact, it took Rice an incredible 8 minutes and 18 seconds to even score a point.   This early rock solid defense by the Dores is likely the key factor in getting Vanderbilt the victory. 


Grade:  B+



Vanderbilt had 19 assists to just 13 for Rice.  This is a very telling stat and one that Vanderbilt seems to be excelling at this season.  Vanderbilt fans showed up in force in Houston and word has it that they may have outnumbered Owl fans.  


Grade: B+



Jermaine Beal continues to improve, scoring 7 points in 19 minutes.  He's come a long way since the first two games but still needs to work to reduce his turnovers; he had 4.  Alex Gordon contributed 8 points but struggled from 3-point range and the free throw line.  As mentioned above, Dan Cage's free throw shooting likely sealed the victory for Vanderbilt. 


Grade: B



Ross Neltner continues to be a steady player for Vanderbilt and finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds.  Shan Foster is a streaky player; he's usually red hot for one half and Tuesday night during the first half he was on.  Derrick Byars is going to have many more great games as a Commodore but the Rice isn't a game he'll want to remember, however, his defense was outstanding and greatly contributed to the victory. 


Grade: B


Head coach Kevin Stallings and his staff have surprised many by managing to win 10 after the terrible 1-3 start that included a loss to Furman.   After the game against Rice, Stallings admitted that the team had won in spite of himself and his staff.   The fact is though coach, your team won, which is a good thing in the end.  You did your job.   With SEC play looming will the Commodores be able to repeat the success of the 2003-04 season when they made it to the Sweet 16?  That remains seen but at least there is hope now which is something we didn't have after the loss to Furman.


Grade: B Top Stories