Georgia, currently ranked 19th in the AP poll and 22nd
in the ESPN/USA Today poll, enters the game with an
overall record of 12-4 and a 4-1 mark in the SEC after
earning an 85-79 home victory over Auburn Saturday.
The Bulldogs have won 11 of their last 12 games with
the only blemish a 66-63 loss at Florida Jan. 11.
Georgia has four players averaging double-digit scoring,
including junior Jarvis Hayes (18.1), senior Ezra Williams
(18.0), junior Steve Thomas (10.3) and junior Chris
Daniels (10.3). Thomas (7.4) and Daniels (6.6) are the
squadís top rebounders.
Last season, the schools split the two-game series
with the Commodores earning an 86-84 home win Jan. 26,
2002. Jason Holwerdaís driving layup with five seconds
remaining gave Vanderbilt the two-point win. That win
capped the Commodoresí best stretch of the conference
season last year in which they won three straight league
Vanderbilt is now 0-4 when their opponents shoot better
than 50 percent...VUís 48.3 field goal percentage is
the highest in a loss this season...After scoring just
two combined fast-break points in the previous three
games, VU recorded 14 fast-break points versus Florida...VU
has grabbed seven offensive rebounds in each of the
past four games...Freshman Julian Terrell played a career-high
21 minutes...Terrell also was a perfect 4-of-4 from
the field and his 11 points was just one off his career
high of 12 points at Notre Dame...Despite not starting
for the first time this season, junior Russell Lakey
still played 26 minutes, scoring 10 points...Points
in the paint: VU 34, UF 38...Points off turnovers: VU
14, UF 18...Second-chance points: VU 7, UF 8...Fast-break
points: VU 14, UF 26.
Vanderbilt and Georgia have played three common opponents
with VU posting an 0-3 record and Georgia recording
a 2-1 mark against those teams.
Opponent VU UGA
Auburn L, 59-62 W, 85-79
Tennessee L, 66-71 W, 81-76
Florida L, 75-87 L, 63-66
Find Three-Point Stroke
After facing some inconsistency from three-point range
during the early part of the season, the Commodores
have rebounded from behind the arc. In the past four
games, Vanderbilt has made 50.8 percent (33- 65) of
its three-point shots and has not made less than eight
treys in any of those four contests.
Freije Moves to 32nd in Career Scoring
Junior forward Matt Freije became the 35th member of
Vanderbiltís 1,000-Point Club after scoring 18 points
at Tennessee. With 1,032 career points, he has already
climbed to No. 32 on the schoolís career scoring list.
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 and is now
33rd. Vanderbiltís all-time leading scorer is Phil Cox,
who scored 1,725 points from 1981 to 1985.
Vanderbilt Playing Nationís 14th Toughest Schedule
As of Friday, CollegeRPI.com has Vanderbiltís schedule
ranked as the 14th toughest in the nation. Only Georgia
(1), Arkansas (3), South Carolina (7) and Alabama (8)
have tougher schedules in the SEC.
This season the Commodores have played five teams ranked
in the Top-16 of the national polls, including Connecticut
(12), Indiana (6), Notre Dame (6), Alabama (4), Kentucky
(16) and Florida (5).
Gears up for Gators
Sophomore guard Jason Holwerda once again proved he
likes to play the Florida Gators. Of the 13 statistical
categories in which career highs are kept, he has set
or tied 11 of them in three games against Florida. He
also averages 8.7 points per game versus the Gators,
which is almost five points above his career average.
Holwerda broke out of his scoring and shooting slump
by scoring a career-high 17 points Wednesday at No.
5 Florida. He actually had eclipsed his previous high
of 12 points when he headed to the halftime lockerroom
with 13 points.
In addition to his scoring high, Holwerda also set
or tied six other career highs. He was 7-of-9 from the
field and 3-of-4 from long range, while also grabbing
a team-high six rebounds and dishing out three assists
and pocketing a steal.