Saturday , Dec , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Yellow Jackets come calling on Commodores

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – The 25th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
of the ACC and the Vanderbilt Commodores of the SEC will meet in Nashville
today.

Georgia Tech got off to a great start this season with wins in each of
its first five games, but the club has lost two of the last three since
that point. On Sunday, the Yellow Jackets began league play with a 90-82
setback to Miami, and the fact that they have now allowed 85 or more points in
three of the last four games is cause for concern.

Vanderbilt began the campaign with losses in three of its first four
contests, but the club has recorded three straight wins since that point.
Two days ago, the Commodores rode a strong defensive effort to a 59-50
victory over Lipscomb, and they have held their last two foes to 112 total
points after surrendering 70 or more points in each of the first five games.

Vandy holds a 36-32 edge in the all-time series with Georgia Tech, but the
Yellow Jackets posted a 76-67 victory in last season’s meeting.

Through eight games, Georgia Tech is scoring 86.1 ppg on 51.4 percent
efficiency from the field, and it is allowing 73.8 ppg to the opposition. Four
players are averaging double figures in scoring, and Lewis Clinch leads the
way for the Yellow Jackets with 18.0 ppg on 57.5 percent shooting. Javaris
Crittenton adds 14.8 ppg and 5.5 apg to the lineup, and Thaddeus Young is
contributing 12.4 ppg. Rounding out the foursome is Jeremis Smith with 10.6
ppg. Clinch poured in 22 points in the loss to Miami last time out, while
Crittenton and Ra’Sean Dickey pitched in 19 points apiece. Smith posted 11
points for the Yellow Jackets, who lost despite committing a mere eight
turnovers. They allowed Miami to connect on 56.1 percent of its field goal
attempts and earn a 37-31 rebounding advantage.

Vanderbilt has done a solid job at the offensive end this season, as the team
is scoring 78.9 ppg. Defensively, it is permitting its opponents to post 74.1
ppg. The top offensive contributor for the Commodores is Derrick Byars, as he
is netting 15.6 ppg. Shan Foster is close behind with 14.7 ppg, and Ross
Neltner rounds out a trio of double-digit scorers with 13.3 ppg. Byars was
outstanding in the nine-point win over Lipscomb last time out, as he posted 18
points to go along with nine rebounds. As for Neltner, he pitched in 13 points
for the Commodores, who won the game despite shooting 36.5 percent from the
floor, including 23.5 percent from three-point range. Fortunately, they earned
a 17-5 edge in points from the foul line and a 37-27 rebounding advantage. A
low total of nine turnovers also helped the cause.

GATECH VANDERBILT