Auburn enters the game with a record of 11-2 and winners
of five straight after handing North Texas a 90-65 loss
Thursday night in Auburn, Ala. The Tigersí two defeats
were an 89-70 loss to Western Kentucky at the Gaylord
Entertainment Center in Nashville and a 72-54 home loss
against Western Michigan.
Senior forward Marquis Daniels is the team leader
in scoring and rebounding with 19.9 points and 7.5 rebounds
per game. Sophomore forward Marco Killingsworth is second
on the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.2 points
and 7.0 rebounds per contest. Junior center Kyle Davis,
who finished first in the SEC and 11th in the nation
last season with 3.3 blocks per game, already has 57
blocks in 11 games this season (5.2/game).
Last seasonís 73-67 Vanderbilt home win over Auburn
started the Commodoresí best stretch of the conference
season in which they won three straight league games.
Vanderbiltís Matt Freije scored a career-high 29 points
against the Tigers, earning SEC Player of the Week honors.
Three...Dot...Data vs. College of Charleston
This was the first win in four tries for VU this season
when trailing at halftime...VU moved its record to 2-0
when wearing gold uniforms... For the first time this
season, a guard was the top rebounder for VU as Russell
Lakey tied a career-high with eight boards...For the
second consecutive game, Scott Hundley led the team
in assists...The 24 first-half points were a season-low
for VU, while the 46 second-half points tied for the
second most this season...Vanderbilt was 19-of-23 on
free throws, which is the most for both in the past
six games...VUís 82.6 free-throw percentage was the
second-best this season (.842 vs. UConn)...VUís three
blocks tied a season low...Points in the paint: VU 26,
CofC 24...Points off turnovers: VU 24, CofC 14...Second-chance
points: VU 9, CofC 12...Fast-break points: VU 8, CofC
Returns to Scoring Column
In just 13 minutes of action against College of Charleston,
David Przybyszewski was 4-of-4 from the field, including
a three-pointer, and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe
to finish with 10 points. It was his highest point total
since scoring 14 points Dec. 9 at Indiana. For Przybyszewski,
who despite his 7-1 height is a solid three-point shooter,
it was just his fourth trey of the season and the first
since the Dec. 7 Tulane game.
Przybyszewski has been relatively efficient when he
has found his scoring touch this season. He scored 13
points against East Tennessee State on 6-of-7 shooting
and also registered a career-high four blocks and grabbed
five rebounds. Versus Tulane, Przybyszewski contributed
offensively with seven points in just 10 minutes and
against Georgia Southern, he scored seven points on
Terrell Rewarded for Notre Dame Effort
Freshman Julian Terrell earned his first career start
against College of Charleston mainly because of what
he was able to accomplish in Vanderbiltís game at No.
6 Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, he posted his first double-double
with season highs in points (12) and rebounds (10),
while also recording a season-high three blocks in just
This outburst was unexpected due to the fact that Terrell
had averaged just 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in the
six games leading up to the Notre Dame contest.
Terrell just missed a double-double with 10 points
and eight rebounds against Georgia Southern and also
had seven points and seven boards against Alabama A&M.
Has 1,000-Point Club in Sight
Junior forward Matt Freije is closing in on Vanderbiltís
1,000-Point Club with 949 career points. At his current
pace of 16.8 points per game, he will become the 35th
player in school history eclipse the 1,000-point barrier
in just over three games.
The last Commodore to enter this exclusive club was
Sam Howard last season. Howard finished his four-year
career 32nd on the list with 1,026 points. Vanderbiltís
all-time leading scorer is Phil Cox, who scored 1,725
points from 1981 to 1985.