Sacramento: Vandy- GW -- More Upset Fodder

By Jason Owens - March 14, 2007

The 6-11 matchup between No. 6 seed Vanderbilt and 11-seed George Washington is another trendy upset pick for the first round. With contrasting styles, the popular theory is the George Washington's defensive pressure can limit Vanderbilt's ability to set up an offense and shoot 3-pointers.

The matchup to watch will come when the Commodores have the ball. Vanderbilt comes in ranked third in the SEC in scoring offense and second in 3-point percentage, but ranks just 10th in scoring defense in conference. George Washington, meanwhile, prides itself on defense, finishing in the top three in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense.

A-10 All-Defensive Team honoree Carl Elliott will get the task of guarding Vanderbilt sharpshooters Derrick Byars and Shaun Foster, both of whom finished in the SEC's top 12 3-point shooters.

"They like to shoot 3-point shots, and they like to get up and down," Elliott said of Vanderbilt. "We're going to try and get them into playing our type of basketball game, and we’re going to defend the 3-point shot very well."

Stallings, though, doesn't seem to appreciate all the talk about Vanderbilt's 3-point game.

"I think it's a little bit of a mistake to think that they only thing we do is shoot 3-pointers," Stallings said. "I think that because of our ability to shoot them and make them, and because we do shoot a lot of them, I think people tend to think we are completely reliant upon that."

We'll find out on Thursday. Something tells me if the Commodores aren't hitting their 3-pointers, it could be a long day

Posted by Jason Owens at 10:32 PM on March 14, 2007

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