Saturday, December 20, 2008

MBB hosts Tennessee Tech Saturday

Vanderbilt begins a three-game homestand at Memorial Gym when Tennessee Tech comes to Nashville for a 5 p.m. CT tip-off Saturday.

With the students gone for the holiday break, tickets are available for $15 and are located in the student section (G-K on the lower level sideline). If you can't make it to the game, you can watch it live on CSS or listen locally on 104.5 the Zone or online on

Here are some tidbits on Tennessee Tech (6-3, 0-1 OVC) from their game notes:

Last Game
Ryan Reid’s three-point play broke open a tie game with four minutes remaining as Florida State (10-1) held off Tennessee Tech 69-59 Tuesday night in Tallahassee.

Northern Exposure
Senior center Daniel Northern (6'9, 210), named to the all-OVC preseason team, leads Tennessee Tech in scoring (11.9 ppg), rebounds (5.7 rpg) and blocked shots (21). He also ranks second all-time at Tech in blocked shots, coming into the game with 130.

Play That Song
Junior guard/forward DJ Lindsay (6'4, 205) ranks second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounds (5.4 rpg), and is third in steals. He is tied for the best field goal percentage among regulars, hitting 56.5 percent of his attempts (39-for-69). He scored in double figures in five straight games, including a career-high 19 points in the second win over Lipscomb.

Three's Away
Tech has yet to be out-shot from behind the arc this season, topping all but two opponents. Twice the Golden Eagles have made eight more than their opponent when Tech defeated Louisiana-Monroe (12 to 4 threes) and Union (10 to 2 threes).

So Close
Junior guard Frank Davis (6'2, 185) tied a school record when he drained six consecutive 3-pointers in the win over UL-Monroe on November 29. He is third on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game, reaching double digits in four contests. For his career, Davis is 105-for-280 from long range for 37.5 percent accuracy.

The Golden Eagles have two point guards who have been sharing time this season. Junior Will Barnes (6'1, 190) is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.5 points per game and leads the team with 27 assists. Junior Elijah Cunningham-Muhammad (6'0, 170) is averaging 5.8 points and ranks second in assists with 25.

Check the Book
Tech has used four different starting lineups already this season, and that number could grow. Two different players have started at four position, and three different players have gotten the starting nod at the No. 4 spot.

Stellar Class
Tennessee Tech’s incoming freshmen were listed as the top freshman group in the OVC by It said: "Florida point guard Zach Bailey could develop into one of the league’s top guards. He will pay quite a bit as a freshman and should be able to bounce between both guard positions with little trouble. Georgians Kevin Murphy, a 6-5 wing, and Tyler McDaniels, a 6-7 power forward, also should be factors early. Murphy could emerge as the top scorer in time."

Pick 6
Prior to the season, TTU was picked to finish sixth in the OVC.

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