Indiana enters the game with a record of 6-0 after a
91-62 home win over Illinois-Chicago Saturday afternoon.
The Hoosiers return six lettermen and two starters from
last yearís squad that finished as the national runner-up
with a record of 25-12 and 11-5 in the Big Ten.
Freshman guard Bracey Wright and senior guard Tom Coverdale
lead Indiana each with 17.2 points per game. Senior
forward Jeff Newton leads the squad in rebounding with
10.2 boards per contest and also chips in 15.7 points
per game. Senior center George Leach is second on the
team with 9.4 rebounds per game.
The Hoosiers have gotten off to a quick start this
season with some quality victories. At the Maui Invitational,
they picked up wins over UMass, Gonzaga and Virginia.
Indiana returned to the mainland to defeat North Texas
before claiming an 80-74 overtime win over Maryland
in a rematch of last seasonís national championship
Three...Dot...Data vs. Tulane
Vanderbilt held Tulane scoreless from three-point range
(0- 13)...The Commodores outscored Tulane by 10 points
in each half...This is the fifth game this season VU
has beaten an opponent by double-digits after doing
that just six times in 32 games last season...With a
16- 15 advantage on the offensive boards, this was only
the second game this year that VU won that battle...Vanderbilt
has won or tied the battle for control of the defensive
boards in every game, including a 26-21 edge versus
Tulane...The Dores had 18 assists to five for the Green
Wave...VU has had least fpour blocks in all six games
this season after reaching four blocks in a game just
four times last season...Points in the paint: VU 30,
TU 26...Points off turnovers: VU 19, TU 13...Second-chance
points: VU 15, TU 9...Fast-break points: VU 10, TU 8.
Road Game Not All That Bad
Coventional wisdom says a team making its first road
trip of the season might struggle. As Vanderbilt heads
to Indiana for the first road trip of this season, the
Commodores hope to have the same luck as their recent
In the past five seasons, Vanderbilt is 4-1 in the
first road game of the season. The Commodores defeated
Ohio State (1997-98), Providence (1998-99), Notre Dame
(1999-00) and Western Kentucky (2000-01), while losing
to Connecticut (2001-02).
Thornton Continues to Set Scoring Records
Sophomore Brian Thornton scored a career-high 20 points
against Tulane on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and
4-of-4 shooting from the line. He also matched career
bests with two steals and 29 minutes of action. Thornton
has now set or tied a career high in scoring in three
of the past four contests.
Freije Posts Second Career Double-Double
After trying for more than two years, junior forward
Matt Freije recorded his second career double-double
with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Tulane, while
tying a career best with five assists. Freijeís first
double-double came his freshman season when he scored
22 points and grabbed 11 boards versus Birmingham Southern.
quietly continues to be the team leader with 17.3 points
per game. He has been Vanderbiltís leading scorer in
five of the six contests and the game-high scorer in
four games with his high being 22 points against Georgia
Southern. He joins sophomore Brian Thornton as the only
Commodores to post a double-figure rebounding game in
the past two seasons.
Commodores Battle Ups and Downs From Long Range
With the new emphasis on the inside game, Vanderbilt
is finding the three-point shot to be a fickle friend.
In the past five games, the Commodores have flip-flopped
from good to bad nights from threepoint range.
From behind the arc, Vanderbilt shot 4-of-17 against
Alabama A&M, but then bounced back to make 10-of-16
versus Georgia Southern. Against UConn, the Commodores
shot just 2-of-15 from long distance, but once again
returned against East Tennessee State with an 8-of-16
shooting night from three-point range. Continuing the
theme Saturday night, Vanderbilt shot just 3-of-15 on