Dec. 4, 2009
The Vanderbilt Commodores, fresh off of an 89-83 win over Missouri on Wednesday night, return to the Memorial Gym hardwood for a matchup against the DePaul Blue Demons of the Big East Conference on Saturday. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. C.T., and the action can also be heard live on the Vanderbilt-ISP Radio Network and vucommodores.com, with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson courtside calling all of the action.
The Commodores defeated the Tigers Wednesday night in a high-octane affair in front of 14,256 fans at Memorial Gym. It was Vanderbilt's second home game, and like its 95-point effort against Lipscomb in the season opener, there was no shortage of offense from the Commodores. Vanderbilt shot 50% from the floor (29-58) and converted 83.9% of its free throws (26-31), and had four players in double figures, with junior big man A.J. Ogilvy leading the way with 25 points. The Commodores took the lead at 32-31 with 3:40 to go in the first half, and never relinquished it the rest of the way.
Although VU committed a season-high 24 turnovers, the home-standing Commodores outrebounded Missouri, 47-26, their highest single game rebounding margin since December 22, 2004, when Vanderbilt outrebounded Appalachian State by 23 (55-32) to help make up for the turnovers.
Other top performers for Vanderbilt against the Tigers were Jeffery Taylor, who tallied his second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time for back-to-back double doubles since Matt Freije in 2004, when he accomplished the feat against South Carolina (Jan. 28, 2004) and Kentucky (Jan. 31, 2004). Jermaine Beal scored in double figures for the sixth time this season with 15 points, and freshman John Jenkins added 11 points in the winning effort.
This will be the third career meeting between the two schools, with Vanderbilt winning the first two in the series. This will be the first meeting at Memorial Gym. The last meeting between the two teams came on December 12, 2007, at the Allstate Arena, when Vanderbilt came away with a thrilling 91-85 win over the Blue Demons in overtime. The Commodores overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to rally for the win.
Vanderbilt has a 23-37 record all time against schools that currently comprise the Big East, and have a 0-1 record against the league this season (67-58 loss to Cincinnati, 11/23/09).
DePaul enters the game with a 5-1 overall record and most recently defeated Alabama State, 58-50, in their last time out on December 2. Will Walker leads the team in scoring with 17.3 points per game, and Mac Koshwal is next with 15.0 points per contest. However, Koshwal will miss the game with Vanderbilt with an injured foot. Koshwal also led the team in rebounding before his injury with 13.0 rebounds per game.