Vanderbilt didn’t shoot well on Saturday, but that was among the least of the Commodores’ problems. The Commodores also managed to get hammered on the glass and send Missouri to the foul line way too often.
I can stomach a Four Factors chart that looks like that if we’re playing, say, a top-10 team on the road. Against a team that came into Saturday with a 6-17 record, though? In the game recap yesterday I wrote that Missouri shot the ball well and that really isn’t even true — yes, the Tigers were 9-of-19 from three, but they more than canceled that out by going 14-of-37 inside the arc. But Vanderbilt just wasn’t much interesting in winning the game yesterday.
We’ve been over this before, and while we’d obviously like to see Vanderbilt do better, this isn’t Bryce Drew’s team yet. Yes, every player on this team was recruited by Kevin Stallings, and Drew just didn’t have any time after being hired to even fix the very basic depth chart issues that have plagued the team this year — never mind having guards who can defend the perimeter or who mesh well with the coaching staff (not naming any names, but you can probably guess who I’m talking about.) If we’re seeing a stinkbomb like this in Drew’s third year, the wolves can come out.
- If there was a bright spot yesterday, Clevon Brown had his best performance in a Vanderbilt uniform. Eight points and six rebounds are both new career highs.
- And Nolan Cressler was cromulent. That’s the end of the good parts about Saturday’s game.
- Matthew Fisher-Davis had the third-highest Game Score on the team. Matthew Fisher-Davis (a) played 17 minutes, and (b) did not play very well. What does that tell you?
- I feel like Luke Kornet (rather unfairly) got singled out for a poor performance yesterday, mostly because he shot 0-of-9 on threes. Look, Luke didn’t play well, but he was hardly the only reason Vanderbilt lost.
- Payton Willis hit the freshman wall a while ago and hasn’t really gotten past it, but he played 20 minutes for the first time since the Alabama game. That’s because...
- ...well, actually, Riley LaChance played 33 minutes, so they were on the floor a lot together. And neither was playing well.
- I didn’t think I was watching Darius Coulibaly at any point yesterday, so good job, Djery Baptiste. That’s a low bar, of course, but baby steps.
- Jeff Roberson’s had better games, I know that much.
- If I said anything about Joe Toye’s performance yesterday, Anchor of Gold would probably get shut down by our SB Nation overlords, so I’ll keep quiet (but that IS the worst Game Score I’ve seen since I started doing this feature...)
The SEC/Big 12 Challenge continues as the Texas A&M Aggies come to Memorial Gym in an odd Thursday night showdown. The Aggies are 13-11, 5-7 in the SEC, and Vanderbilt beat them in College Station 12 days ago. Game time is at 6:00 PM CT and the game will be televised on ESPN2.