Vanderbilt vs
7 pm
Feb 26, 2003
Memorial Gym
Projected Starters
Vanderbilt 10-13, 3-9
No Pos Name   Ht Wt Yr Pts Reb
35 F Matt Freije 6-9 230 Jr 17.9 4.4
2 F Brian Thornton 6-8 255 So 13.0 5.6
44 G/F Corey Smith 6-5 230 So 8.9 3.3
3 G Jason Holwerda 6-5 210 So. 5.5 2.6
11 G Russell Lakey 6-0 182 Jr 5.5 2.6*
Arkansas 7-16, 2-10
24 G/F Jonathan Modica 6-4 198 Fr 12.2 4.4
11 G Eric Ferguson 6-1 196 Fr 11.2 3.2*
21 G Blake Eddins 6-7 227 Sr 1.4 1.3
33 F Dionisio Gomez 6-8 218 Sr 8.3 6.9
50 F Larry Satchell 6-9 217 Sr 2.9 3.3

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Scouting Arkansas
Arkansas enters the game with an overall record of 7-16 and a 2-10 mark in the SEC after losing to LSU, 75-56, Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La. The Razorbacks have lost five straight and 12 of their last 14 games with the only wins coming at home against LSU and Alabama.Arkansas also has failed to post a road win this season, going 0-8 overall and 0-6 in the SEC away from Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas has two double-digit scorers in freshman guard/forward Jonathan Modica (12.2) and freshman guard Eric Ferguson (11.2). Senior forward Dionisio Gomez leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 boards per contest, while Ferguson is the squad’s top assist man with 3.2 assists per game.

Having not joined the SEC until the 1991-92 season, Arkansas has the distinction of being the SEC team that has played the fewest number of games (14) against Vanderbilt. Against the Razorbacks, the Commodores have won the past three games in Nashville and they are 5-2 alltime at home versus Arkansas.

Russell Lakey’s six assists against Florida was the second-best mark of the season and the most since recording eight assists Nov. 26 versus Georgia Southern...VU’s 11 turnovers versus Florida ties for the second-best mark of the season...VU is 7-1 when holding its opponent to less than 70 points...VU is 0-7 when shooting below 40 percent from the field...For just the third time this season, VU lost when leading at the half...At 7-0, Vanderbilt is the only SEC team to be undefeated when outrebounding its opponent...Points in the paint: VU 20, UF 36...Points off turnovers: VU 20, UF 16...Second-chance points: VU 8, UF 11...Fastbreak points: VU 4, UF 13.

Przybyszewski Provides Unexpected Offense
Sophomore center David Przybyszewski matched a season high with his 14 points (Indiana) against No. 7 Florida and he did it in just 12 minutes. He was 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 three from long range.

The 14 points is the first time Przybyszewski has reached double digits since scoring 10 points Jan. 2 against the College of Charleston. He had made just six three-pointers coming into the Florida game and had not made more than one trey in any single game.

Freije is Vanderbilt 20-Point Man
In the past month, Matt Freije has been playing at a torrid pace. He has scored at least 20 points in six of the past eight games, including a career-best four straight games. For the season, Freije has scored at least 20 points in eight games.

Moore Posts Back-to-Back Solid Performances
Freshman guard Mario Moore’s 14 points against No. 7 Florida gave him his first back-to-back double-figure games of the season after scoring 10 points at Georgia. The 14 points is his second-best total for the season and just three points off a season high.

Moore also set or tied seven season highs at home against Florida, including field goals made (5), field goals attempted (14), three-point attempts (9) and minutes (32).

Commodores Make Good at Charity Stripe
Vanderbilt took advantage of its trips to the free-throw line against No. 7 Florida as the Commodores made 18-of-22 (.818) free throws, including making 6-of-6 in the first half. The 81.8 free-throw percentage is VU’s best mark during SEC play and is the third-best percentage for the season. Individually, Matt Freije set personal season highs with his 11-of-13 (.846) performance from the charity stripe.

Bench Comes Up Big for Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt’s bench outscored the Florida bench 30-0 Saturday night. Mario Moore and David Przybyszewski each scored 14 points and Scott Hundley chipped in two points off the bench.

For the season, Vanderbilt has won the bench-scoring battle 18 times and the Commodores are 8-10 in those games. VU is 2-2 when losing the bench-scoring battle and 0-1 when the benches tie.

NABC Tabs Freije First Team All-District
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has named Vanderbilt’s Matt Freije to its Division I First Team for District 7. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, Freije is one of 150 student- athletes who are now eligible for the NABC Division I All-American Team, which will be announced at the conclusion of this season.

Joining Freije on the District 7 First Team are Kentucky’s Keith Bogans, Louisville’s Reece Gaines, Tennessee’s Ron Slay and Morehead State’s Ricky Minard.

Vanderbilt Playing Nation’s Sixth Toughest Schedule
As of Monday, CollegeRPI.com has Vanderbilt’s schedule ranked as the sixth toughest in the nation. That ranks VU third in the SEC behind Georgia (1) and Arkansas (3).

This season VU has played 10 games versus ranked foes, including Connecticut (12), Indiana (6), Notre Dame (6), Alabama (4), Kentucky (16), Florida (5), Georgia (15), Mississippi State (23), Georgia (20) and Florida (7).

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