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Basketball: Vanderbilt 87, Davidson 83 -- Postgame Report

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There's not a lot to rehash that Train Island hasn't already covered. Is this the beginning of Jeffery Taylor walking out on the floor each game and realizing that there isn't a player in the gym that can stop him? Festus Ezeli sure seemed to play with that mentality, despite being somewhere around 70%. The team has ten days to rest, be diligent students (EXAMS!), and then begin to put in the kind of work that takes all of our final four aspirations off life support. Despite the troubles of the first eight games, VU is currently sitting 8th overall on Jerry Palm's RPI (if you're into that sort of thing). I'm more of a KenPom guy, obviously, but it is nice to look that over and remember that the team's just run through the 3rd toughest gauntlet so far this season, and decidedly at less than full strength.

VU DAV
Possessions 75.4 73.3
Points Per Possession 1.15 1.13
FG% 48.4% 44.3%
3FG% 46.7% 22.7%
FT% 76.9% 80.0%
Assist/Turnovers 0.53 1.50
Four Factors
eFG% 54.0% 48.4%
OReb% 41.2% 33.3%
TO% 19.9% 13.3%
FTRate 41.9% 49.2%

Periscope prediction: "Vanderbilt wins eFG%, FTRate, and OReb%. Davidson wins TO%." Result: 3/4. The Dores' picking up six team fouls before the first media timeout of the second half really torpedoed any shot I had of getting another perfect four-for-four prediction.

Relevant Links: Game Page /// TSN Recap /// Box Score /// Official Vanderbilt Recap

*** Each game, AOG's army of statistics monkeys laboriously pore over the box score and play-by-play to calculate the mysterious plus/minus game statistics. These are those statistics. Please share your observations via the comments. Note: these are only the stats from the last five games. Click here to view the entire 2012 season.***

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Plus/Minus Adjusted Per 40 Minutes