Vanderbilt-Mississippi State Notes

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Starkville, Mississippi tonight to face the Bulldogs in another crucial SEC matchup. Inside are starting lineups, statical comparisons and a scouting report for Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State

SiteHumphrey Coliseum (10,500)
Starkville, Miss.
Date/TimeFEB. 21, 2007 • 7 P.M. CT
Radio104.5 FM
Sirius Radio:158
General School/ Team Information
.VanderbiltMississippi State
Head CoachKevin StallingsRick Stansbury
ConferenceSEC EastSEC West
Record18-8 (8-4 SEC)15-10 (6-6 SEC)
Series RecordVU leads, 70-40
Projected Starters

3 - Alex Gordon, G, 5-11, 164, Jr., Pensacola, Fla. (7.9 ppg, 3.7 apg)
32 - Shan Foster, G/F, 6-6, 200, Jr., Kenner, La. (15.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
4 - Derrick Byars, G/F, 6-7, 230, Sr.-Tr., Memphis, Tenn. (16.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.2 apg)
20 - Dan Cage, G, 6-5, 215, Sr., Indianapolis, Ind. (11.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
41 - Ross Neltner, F, 6-9, 247, Jr.-Tr., Fort Thomas, Ky. (10.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg)

Mississippi State

44 - Jamont Gordon, G, 6-4, 225, So., Nashville, Tenn. (16.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.6 apg)
24 - Reginald Delk, G, 6-4, 175, So., Jackson, Tenn. (9.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
1 - Richard Delk, F, 6-4, 175, So., Jackson, Tenn. (6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
22 - Dietric Slater, F, 6-3, 200, Sr., Wayneboro, Miss. (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
23 - Charles Rhodes, C, 6-8, 240, Jr., Jackson, Miss. (12.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg)

Stats Comparison
.Vanderbilt Mississippi State
Scoring Offense76.976.0
Scoring Defense69.767.0
Scoring Margin+7.3+9.0
FG% Defense.429.392
3FG% Defense.327.294
Free Throw %.718.664
Opponent Turnovers5.813.5

Scouting Mississippi State

Mississippi State (15-10, 6-6 SEC) has won four of its last five games heading into Wednesday's contest. The Bulldogs edged LSU 56-50 in Baton Rouge on Saturday to pull into a three-way tied for first place in the SEC Western Division.

The Bulldogs ranks among the top teams in the league in several defensive categories against SEC competition. Mississippi State is tied for first in field goal percentage defense (.423) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.345), blocks (5.75) and rebounding (36.3). On the offensive end, the Bulldogs are third in the league in scoring (75.5) and scoring margin (+2.9).

Nashville native Jamont Gordon leads the team in scoring (16.1), rebounding (7.2), assists (4.6) and steals (1.2). Charles Rhodes is shooting a team-best 55.6 percent from the field on the season. Jarvis Varnado has a team-best 55 blocks.


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