Friday, March 12, 2010

Bobby's Keys/Thoughts to Beating Georgia

Rebounding: In Vanderbilt's two match-ups against the Bulldogs, they were out-rebounded 83-63. That can't happen if Vanderbilt is going to advance.

Second-Half 3pt Shooting: Vanderbilt has been ice-cold in the second halves of their two games against the Dawgs this year. Vanderbilt managed to connect on just 2-16 three point attempts in the 2nd half of these two games. Compare that to UGA, who was 9-14 from downtown in these halves.

Free Throws: Vanderbilt wins games when they get to the free throw line more than their opponents. They attempted 5 fewer free throws in their loss in Athens, and 13 more in their overtime win at Memorial.

Controlling the Paint: Vanderbilt is -28 in points in the paint against Georgia. Part of that was based on the absolutely abysmal play of the front court in Athens (the guards scored 40 of the team's 58 points). A.J. had a big game in Nashville, and will need to do the same. I'm also looking for Andre and Stevie Thunder to contribute inside, to say nothing of Jeffery Taylor, who has been kept in check by the Dawgs (averaging just 7 points in 2 contests).

Trey Thompkins: Looking at the 4th point this from a slightly different angle, Seamus and Stanimal weighed in. Seamus thinks if one key to emphasis is not allowing the easy entry pass to Thompkins. If the Commodores can really force them to work hard for a good shot that will put pressure on their outside shooters and not allow them to just go inside-out and get open looks. Stanimal adds the importance of getting Thompkins in foul trouble. For what it's worth, Georgia is just 3-8 when Trey Thompkins commits 4 of more fouls.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like neutralizing Thompkins is the key.