Michigan enters the game with a record of 2-6 and winners
of two straight after home victories over Bowling Green
and Charleston Southern. The Wolverines finished last
season 11-18 overall and 5-11 in the Big Ten.
Senior wing LaVell Blanchard leads the team in scoring
and rebounding with 16.9 points and 6.8 boards per game.
Freshman guard Daniel Horton is second on the team in
scoring with 13.3 points per game, while junior wing
Bernard Robinson Jr. is second on the squad with 5.9
rebounds per contest.
The six-game series between the two schools dates back
to the 1920-21 season when Michigan claimed a 21-7 home
win. The two schools faced off four times from the 1960-61
to 1976-77 seasons, but havenít played since the 1988-89
vs. High Point
Brian Thornton (22) and Corey Smithís (19) 41 combined
points is the most for a Vanderbilt duo since Matt Freije
(29) and Chuck Moore (13) teamed up to score 42 points
last season in a 73-67 win over Auburn...This was the
first time since the first game of the season that the
lineup of Freije, Smith, Thornton, Russell Lakey and
Jason Holwerda didnít start as David Przybyszewski started
in place of Smith...Thornton led VU in scoring (22)
and rebounding (7), which is the second consecutive
game and the fourth time in the past five games that
the same player has led Vanderbilt in both scoring and
rebounding...The Doresí 73.7 free-throw percentage is
the second best this season after the 84.2 percent versus
UConn...Vanderbilt had season lows with five steals
and 13 fouls.
Commodores Throw Block Party
With the help of a career-best four blocks from sophomore
David Przybyszewski and a career-best two blocks from
junior guard Russell Lakey, Vanderbilt recorded nine
blocks against High Point. The nine blocks is the most
for the Commodores since they recorded nine blocks Nov.
21, 1997 against Memphis.
Smith Still Perfect From the Charity Stripe
Sophomore Corey Smith doesnít get to the free-throw
line a great deal, but he makes it count when he gets
there. Smith is a perfect 14- of-14 from the charity
stripe this season. Last season, the Houston native
was 25-of-40 (.625) on his free throws.
Find Three-Point Stroke
Vanderbilt finished the High Point game with seven three-pointers,
which is the third-best total this season. Making the
number look even better was the fact that in three of
the previous four games, the Commodores had made just
a combined six treys. Vanderbilt went 2-of- 15 versus
Connecticut, 3-of-15 against Tulane and 1-of-15 at Indiana.
Vanderbilt Cuts Down on Turnovers
Vanderbilt had just 10 turnovers against High Point,
which is a season low. It is the teamís best mark since
recording eight turnovers last season versus Houston
in the opening round of the NIT and it ties for the
second-best mark since the beginning of last season.
Reaches 100 Games at Vanderbilt
Vanderbiltís 81-75 victory over High Point was the 100th
game for Kevin Stallings as the Commodoresí head coach.
Stallings reached the century mark with a 57-43 (.570)
record and two trips to the postseason.
No. 35 is No. 1 Against Top Teams
Matt Freije has proven already this season that he will
show up for the Commodores in the big games. Against
No. 12 Connecticut, Freije scored a team-high 18 points
and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. This past Monday
at No. 6 Indiana, Freije once again put the team on
back, scoring a team-high 18 points and pulling down
a team-high nine rebounds.
These two games illustrate how Freije is becoming a
player that has the potential to record a double-double
every night. This season, he has one double-double with
14 points and 11 boards versus Tulane and came within
one rebound of the double-dip against UConn and Indiana.
In his career, Freije has had seven games in which he
missed a doubledouble by just one rebound and another
two games in which he missed by only two rebounds.