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Game Thread #13: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. No. 24/NR Vanderbilt Commodores

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One last non-conference game before the meat grinder. Or pressure cooker. Or whatever kitchen-related metaphor you want to use.

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES BASKETBALL

Marquette @ No. 24/NR Vanderbilt

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9-3 (0-0 Big East)
KenPom: 40
RPI: 168


9-2 (0-0 SEC)
KenPom: 17
RPI: 21

December 29, 2010 8:00 p.m. CDT

Memorial Gym (14,316) Nashville, Tennessee

TV: ESPN2 (w/ Clay Matvick and Jimmy Dykes)

Radio: ESPN 540 (Milwaukee) (w/ Steve "The Homer" True and Jim McIlvaine)

SBN Coverage: Golden Eagles vs Commodores coverage

A View from the Other Side: Anchor Of Gold

All-Time Series: Marquette leads, 3-1.

Last Meeting: Al McGuire's Warriors defeated Vanderbilt, 69-61, on March 14, 1974 in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.

Spread: Vanderbilt (-7)


Line-ups, stats (watch me try to incorporate something called a widget!), whimsy and beer, after the jump.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE STARTERS

MARQUETTE FULL STATS


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Jimmy Butler 12 31.6 5.1 10.6 48.0 0.5 1.5 33.3 4.7 6.0 77.8 2.3 4.2 6.5 2.1 1.5 1.3 0.4 1.3 15.3
Darius Johnson-Odom 12 27.1 4.6 11.0 41.7 1.5 4.8 31.6 3.5 4.4 79.2 0.5 3.2 3.7 2.3 1.7 0.6 0.3 2.3 14.2
Jae Crowder 12 23.0 4.5 8.4 53.5 1.1 2.4 44.8 1.7 2.9 57.1 2.2 3.9 6.1 1.1 0.6 1.6 0.8 1.6 11.8
Vander Blue 12 27.0 3.9 7.8 50.0 0.3 1.3 26.7 2.1 3.1 67.6 0.9 2.7 3.6 2.9 2.2 1.8 0.6 2.1 10.3
Dwight Buycks 11 27.7 3.6 7.5 48.8 0.9 2.7 33.3 1.5 1.9 81.0 0.9 2.7 3.6 4.5 2.3 1.6 0.1 1.8 9.7
Davante Gardner 10 10.8 2.7 4.4 61.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 2.8 71.4 1.3 1.6 2.9 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.3 1.3 7.4
Chris Otule 12 12.5 2.3 3.1 73.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.4 47.1 1.1 2.0 3.1 0.3 0.6 0.3 1.7 2.3 5.2
Joseph Fulce 5 10.8 1.8 2.6 69.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 1.0 3.2 4.2 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.2 1.0 4.6
Erik Williams 10 9.7 1.5 3.1 48.4 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.7 71.4 1.1 1.4 2.5 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.0 1.3 3.5
Junior Cadougan 11 19.8 0.9 2.0 45.5 0.1 0.5 20.0 0.9 1.9 47.6 0.3 1.4 1.6 3.5 1.8 0.5 0.2 1.9 2.8
Jamail Jones 8 8.4 0.8 2.1 35.3 0.4 1.0 37.5 0.4 0.4 100.0 0.5 0.8 1.3 0.4 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.8 2.3
Reggie Smith 8 9.9 0.5 1.4 36.4 0.1 0.5 25.0 0.3 0.8 33.3 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.1 0.3 0.5 1.4
Robert Frozena 7 2.6 0.1 0.7 20.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.6 75.0 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.7


VANDERBILT PROBABLE STARTERS

  • G Brad Tinsley (2010-'11 stats: 9.2 ppg; 4.5 rpg; 4.9 apg)
  • G John Jenkins (2010-'11 stats: 18.2 ppg; 2.6 rpg; 0.7 apg)
  • F Jeffery Taylor (2010-'11 stats: 13.5 ppg; 4.5 rpg; 2.3 apg)
  • F Rod Odom (2010-'11 stats: 5.6 ppg; 3.2 rpg; 0.4 apg)
  • C Festus Ezeli (2010-'11 stats: 13.2 ppg; 7.4 rpg; 0.2 apg)

VANDERBILT FULL STATS


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
John Jenkins 11 32.3 5.4 12.4 43.4 3.1 7.4 42.0 4.4 5.0 87.3 0.6 2.0 2.6 0.6 1.5 0.6 0.5 1.1 18.2
Jeffery Taylor 11 27.5 4.5 9.4 48.5 1.2 3.0 39.4 3.2 4.6 68.6 0.8 3.7 4.5 2.3 2.9 0.5 0.5 2.1 13.5
Festus Ezeli 11 21.6 4.7 7.0 67.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7 6.6 56.2 3.3 4.1 7.4 0.2 1.5 0.8 2.3 3.3 13.2
Brad Tinsley 11 30.4 3.0 7.1 42.3 1.2 3.5 33.3 2.0 2.7 73.3 0.2 4.4 4.5 4.9 2.7 1.2 0.5 0.9 9.2
Lance Goulbourne 10 22.7 2.7 5.2 51.9 0.6 1.5 40.0 2.7 3.6 75.0 2.0 4.7 6.7 1.2 1.8 0.7 0.6 1.7 8.7
Rod Odom 11 15.7 2.0 4.5 44.9 1.3 2.8 45.2 0.4 0.7 50.0 1.3 1.9 3.2 0.4 1.0 0.7 0.3 2.0 5.6
Steve Tchiengang 11 17.6 1.6 3.7 43.9 0.8 1.9 42.9 1.5 1.5 94.1 1.0 3.1 4.1 0.8 1.1 0.5 0.7 2.3 5.5
Andre Walker 7 23.1 1.7 3.4 50.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 1.1 2.7 3.9 3.7 1.4 0.9 0.7 2.6 3.7
Joe Duffy 6 5.2 1.0 1.2 85.7 0.3 0.3 100.0 1.0 1.5 66.7 0.5 0.7 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0 1.2 3.3
Kyle Fuller 11 15.3 0.8 2.9 28.1 0.2 1.4 13.3 0.1 0.2 50.0 0.2 1.1 1.3 1.7 1.5 0.5 0.1 1.6 1.9
Jordan Smart 6 3.7 0.2 0.7 25.0 0.2 0.7 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
Chris Meriweather 5 2.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Aaron Noll 4 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0


OTHER KEY STATS AND WHIMSY

  • Vanderbilt shooting percentages (2010-'11): FG: 47.7%; 3PT: 38.7%; FT: 71.4%
  • Are you like me: struggling to find something that Vanderbilt doesn't do well? They shoot well, they rebound well, they defend well (18th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, 15th in the nation in eFG% on defense) ... I guess it's assistisisting: only 168 helpers on the year, resulting in a team assist-to-turnover ratio of about 1:1. They also don't steal the ball all that much, with only 65 thefts on the year.
  • I'm sure you've heard this by now, but Memorial Gym is a very tough place to win. In the 518 years since the Gym was built (OK, it's actually only 59 years old), Vandy has put together a 701-188 home record.
    In fact, the only thing that Vandy likes more than playing at home is shooting threes: since the three-point arc was instituted in the 1986-'87 season, the Commodores have made at least one triple in every game they've played. That's 773 consecutive games, if you're scoring at home.

BEER OF THE GAME

Vandy's "Anchor of Gold" blog has made me thirsty for San Francisco's Anchor Steam beer. Sadly, I've forgotten the precise variation of Anchor Steam that I had when Mrs. Q and I were in San Francisco a few years back, but I remember that I drank a lot of it. And if Marquette is getting crushed on the boards by the Commodores tonight, I'll probably repeat that trick.

Enjoy the game, and bring me home a winner.