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Vanderbilt 83, Tennessee State 59: Turnovers didn’t matter here, but they might later

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A 24-point win is nice, but some of this sloppiness is going to need to be cleaned up.

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Yeah, a 28.8% turnover rate isn’t ideal. It didn’t hurt Vanderbilt in this game because the Commodores shot the crap out of the ball (65.2% effective FG percentage) and rebounded more than half of their own misses, but when those things aren’t so strongly in Vanderbilt’s favor... this might be an issue.

That said, we kind of knew what we were getting with a Bryce Drew offense: if there’s a blind spot with Drew, his teams tend to be turnover prone. Drew’s five Valpo teams ranked 292nd, 273rd, 342nd (!), 169th, and 243rd nationally in turnover rate. So far this year, Vanderbilt ranks 261st. It’s frustrating, but it seems to be a feature and not a bug.

While we could do without some of the overall sloppiness, though, to some degree most effective offenses are going to have a few turnovers. You kind of saw that last night, when Vanderbilt dominated the game in spite of a high turnover rate, because the offense was just so damn effective when they weren’t turning it over.

Individual Stats

Player MIN FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA ORB DRB REB PF PTS AST TO BLK STL AdjGS GS/Min
Matthew Fisher-Davis 29 6 10 2 5 8 11 2 3 5 2 22 1 2 0 2 24.3 0.84
Riley LaChance 33 4 6 4 6 0 0 1 1 2 2 12 5 0 0 0 17.3 0.52
Luke Kornet 28 2 4 0 1 8 8 3 3 6 2 12 1 3 2 1 16.2 0.58
Jeff Roberson 31 5 10 2 4 1 2 0 5 5 3 13 0 4 0 2 7.8 0.25
Payton Willis 23 2 4 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 3 9 3 3 0 0 7.8 0.34
Nolan Cressler 19 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 5 5 1 5 1 2 0 0 5.5 0.29
Djery Baptiste 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 1 0 4.8 0.44
Joe Toye 11 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 1 5 0 1 0 0 3.8 0.35
Camron Justice 5 0 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 -0.4 -0.08
Clevon Brown 10 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 -4.1 -0.41
  • I’m really not sure why Matthew Fisher-Davis wasn’t on the floor in the last few minutes when he was one point shy of his career high, but a good game for him.
  • Per Ken Pomeroy, Riley LaChance currently leads the nation in True Shooting Percentage — thanks mostly to shooting 18-of-26 from three on the season.
  • I can’t figure out why, exactly, Luke Kornet is getting to the line so frequently this year, because he doesn’t seem to be doing anything differently that would lead to him drawing so many fouls. But he’s at least making his free throws.
  • Jeff Roberson and Payton Willis were fine, though that’s probably more turnovers than you want to see from either of them.
  • Nolan Cressler’s good outweighed the bad!
  • If Djery Baptiste and Joe Toye can do that off the bench every night, that would be great.
  • There was talk that Bryce Drew was trying to shorten his rotation down to eight, and Camron Justice appears to be the first casualty: he played five minutes last night after not playing at all against Santa Clara. Clevon Brown might be next: he’s got potential, but his play right now doesn’t really merit more playing time than what he’s getting.