Tulane enters the game with a record of 3-3 after an
80-67 loss at New Orleans Thursday. The Green Wave returns
13 lettermen and all five starters from last yearís
squad that finished 14-15 and 5-11 in the Conference
USA standings. Senior forward Brandon Brown leads Tulane
in scoring and rebounding with 16.7 points and nine
rebounds per game.
Senior guard Brandon Spann is second in scoring with
15.2 points per contest and leads the team with 25 assists.
Senior guard Waitari Marsh, who was the teamís third-leading
scorer last season with 11.8 points per game, has only
played two games this season because of an ankle injury.
The Vanderbilt-Tulane series dates back to the 1920-21
season and continued with their membership in the SEC.
The series was renewed last year for the first time
since the 1965-66 season. Last season, Tulane shot almost
67 percent from the field and 63 percent from threepoint
range to defeat Vanderbilt 87-77 at the New Orleans
vs. East Tennessee State
Vanderbilt had four double-digit scorers (Freije, Thornton,
Przybyszewski, Hundley), which is just the second time
that has occurred this season...Vanderbilt shot 50 percent
from three-point range, which is the third time in five
games this season VU has surpassed last seasonís three-point
percentage (.370)...Vanderbilt had eight blocks to just
two for ETSU...Six of the 10 Commodores who took a shot
versus ETSU had field goal percentages of at least 50
percent... Vanderbilt had a scoring drought of 4:30
in the first half and then scored just three points
in the first 6:06 of the second half...The attendance
of 12,490 fans for the Connecticut game was the most
for a non- SEC game since 12,810 showed up for a 92-86
win over Ohio State on Nov. 28, 1998...Points in the
paint: VU 38, ETSU 32...Points off turnovers: VU 26,
ETSU 18...Second-chance points: VU 5, ETSU 13...Fast-break
points: VU 13, ETSU 10.
Sophomore Brian Thornton is making a habit of flirting
with double- doubles almost every night despite averaging
just over 20 minutes per game. In just 19 minutes of
action versus Georgia Southern, he scored a career-high
18 points and pulled down nine boards. Two games later
against East Tennessee State, Thornton matched his career
best with 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just
Thorntonís best rebounding game came against Alabama
A&M when he had 10 boards. It was the fifth time in
his career he has recorded a double-digit rebound game
as he continues to be the only Commodore since the beginning
of last season to post a double-figure rebound game.
Przybyszewski Steadily Becoming More Productive
Sophomore David Przybyszewski scored a season-high 13
points against East Tennessee State on 6-of-7 shooting,
which included just his second three-pointer of the
season. Przybyszewski has now increased his scoring
total in every game this season from two points against
Southeastern Louisiana to the 13 versus ETSU.
Also against ETSU, Przybyszewski registered a career-high
four blocks and grabbed five rebounds, which is one
off a season high.
Scoring Sources Different This Season
One has to look no further than the stats sheet to see
in black and white that Vanderbilt has switched from
a perimeter-based offense to more of an inside game.
This season, four of the top five scorers are forwards
and post players, including Matt Freije (18.0), Brian
Thornton (13.8), Corey Smith (8.4) and David Przybyszewski
(7.2). Last season, three of the top four scorers were
guards, including Chuck Moore (12.7), Brendan Plavich
(10.1) and Sam Howard (9.7).