Vanderbilt Capsule

Nickname: Commodores                     Coach: Kevin Stallings
Location: Nashville, Tennessee           Record at Vanderbilt: 144-107
Conference: Southeastern                 Career record: 267-170
Overall Record: 22-11
Conference Record and Finish: 10-6, 2nd East

Seed, Region and Bid: 6, East, At-large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 9
NCAA Tournament Record: 9-9 (.500)
Final Four Appearances: 0
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL FINALIST (1965)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR
Final Associated Press ranking: NR
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 47

Record vs. teams in the field: 5-5

F -- Derrick Byars (6-7, 230, Sr. -- 16.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
F -- Ross Neltner (6-9, 245, Jr. -- 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
F -- Shan Foster (6-6, 200, Jr. -- 15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
G -- Dan Cage (6-5, 215, Sr. -- 11.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G -- Alex Gordon (5-11, 170, Jr. -- 7.7 ppg, 3.4 apg)

Key Reserves:
C -- Ted Skuchas (6-11, 250, Sr. -- 4.0 ppg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: One of the hardest teams to gauge in the "Sweet 16."
Vandy mauled overmatched George Washington by 33 points in its
tourney opener, and while it survived a pulsating
double-overtime thriller to oust Washington State in the second
round, the Cougars were the weakest No. 3 seed in the
tournament.  Now comes a matchup with second-seeded Georgetown
and its bruising front line, the likes of which the Commodores
haven't seen north of Florida, a team Vandy split with during
the regular season.  It's a classic boxer-vs.-fighter matchup
with the Commodores relying on the perimeter shooting to offset
the Hoyas' inside dominance.  Vandy has hoisted up 59 3-pointers
- making 22 - in its first two games but Southeastern
Conference Player of the Year Byars showed what a weapon it is
for the team by making five in the second half and OT against
Washington State.

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. (2) Georgetown at East Rutherford, NJ