Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vanderbilt Takes Care of Business in Baton Rouge; Win 90-68

The Commodores exploded in the 2nd half, pouring in 49 points in 20 minutes against an inferior but pesky LSU team. Vanderbilt put together runs of 14-2 and 17-3 in the 2nd half to wrest control of a game they traveled by as much as 7 in midway through the 1st. Lance Goulbourne has to be Vanderbilt's player of the game, scoring 16 points and pulling down 17 rebounds off the bench. Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 20 points on 6-8 shooting, with a 7-12 performance from the free throw line. Brad and Jenkins each had 16, while Festus dropped 15 points and had 6 blocks.

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CAR said...

If Lance is finally 'back' look out. Loved we have five guys scoring in the teens.

Anonymous said...

Nice win! Time for JJ to get going again.

Bobby O'Shea said...

I'll take a guy who's "off day" is dropping 17 points

Seth said...

Bobby, thoughts on Andre? I'm glad hes back but its starting to look like this team is playing better without him. They had to figure out how to win without him for 13 games so to throw him back in the mix could cause chemistry issues. Did he play in only the final minutes of the game?

macpfled said...

Did the team seem different in the 2nd half of that game than they did all season? I was so pumped to see Stallings yelling at people, everybody being aggressive on awesome, PLAYING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE no matter what the score was. If we can carry that into Rupp, I love our chances.
Other thoughts:
-BIG DANCE LANCE is back. He is unbelievable when he shows up. What do we have to get that every night?
-Tinsley is the man, I don't think anybody on here has properly acknowledged that in his last 10 games he has been a rock for the team. He took a lot of heat for a couple of years, but I trust him right now.
-The thing I loved about the 2nd half was the TEAM BALL. Nobody was forcing it, JT and JJ especially took good shots and played awesome. Everything felt really balanced, but everyone was pumped up. Nobody seemed selfish. That was so encouraging after the previous 2 halfs of bball they played.

Bobby O'Shea said...

I've got to agree with everything macpfled's comment above. As for Seth's question re: Andre Wakler, the City Paper's Joey Garrison and I were discussing this. I think CKS wanted to limit his minutes. Personally, I don't think Stallings would have played Walker in a closer game. He was able to steal some minutes in a blowout to try and get him sharp for March.

Joey asked a reasonable question: why'd CKS play Walker against Tennessee if he was worried about the health of Andre's ankle? The simple explanation is Vanderbilt needed Walker to beat Tennessee; he didn't think they'd need Walker against LSU. He was right. That he was able to get Walker some game action in a game that was well in hand might have been the best of all worlds. That's my 2 cents, what do you all think?

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Unknown said...

Taylor has 20 against a weaker team. Seems to be a trend. Would like to see him show up at Rupp but I think he backs down in the biggest games. Anyone think he has it in him?

Anonymous said...

Anybody know the scenarios for Vandy getting the 2 seed in the SEC Tournament? I know if they win at Rupp there a lock, they may still be even if they lose Tuesday and take care of business vs. Florida.

If Lance and Taylor can play like this consistently, I believe they could go along way in March.

Bobby O'Shea said...

Anonymous 10:34, check my most recent post. The Commodores can still get the 2 seed, but they need a few things to happen to make it so

Anonymous said...

"That he was able to get Walker some game action in a game that was well in hand might have been the best of all worlds. That's my 2 cents, what do you all think?"

This is what I think.
#1 Walker is still not 100% but is getting much closer. But being out for so long, a player can sort lose a sense of what his role is. For Walker to really be effective and contribute, needs to be back to absolute 100% and know clearly what his role is.
#2 american idol continues to suck and always will as so-called "reality t.v." is the most puke inducing form of programming. american idol continues to be pure extract of puke inducement.