SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Vanderbilt-Kentucky basketball game preview

The Vanderbilt Commodores collide with the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday in Lexington in a pivotal SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game, including key players, a statistical comparison, team schedules, injury reports, game TV information and a final score prediction.

John H. Sanford, 14Powers SEC Basketball

Venue

Kentucky

Arena Name: Rupp Arena

Capacity: 23,000

Year Opened: 1976

Rupp Arena

Game Date/Time

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 7:00 PM ET

Team Statistical Comparison

Scoring Offense
Scoring Defense
Scoring Margin
Winning %
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
Three Point %
FT Made P/G
Three Pointers P/G
FT Attempts P/G
3-Point Attempts P/G
FG % Defense
3-Point % Defense
Fouls Per Game
Rebound Margin
Rebounds (Off.) P/G
Rebounds (Def) P/G
Rebounds Per Game
Assist/Turnover Ratio
TOs Forced P/G
Effective FG pct
Vanderbilt
71.4
71.9
-0.5
53.6
41.8
71.0
33.3
13.4
8.4
18.8
25.1
43.6
32.1
16.2
1.2
11.79
25.36
37.14
1.11
10.11
0.488
Kentucky
74.6
67.7
6.9
67.9
45.9
69.6
36.2
12.9
6.5
18.6
18.1
43.5
32.8
15.8
8.1
13.36
25.0
38.36
1.38
11.46
0.513

Players and Stats

Vanderbilt

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Stats
Liam Robbins 21 SR F 7-0 235 15.4 Pts, 7.0 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Tyrin Lawrence 0 JR G 6-4 190 11.3 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 1.9 Ast
Myles Stute 10 JR F 6-7 215 9.1 Pts, 5.1 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Ezra Manjon 5 SR G 5-11 170 8.7 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 3.8 Ast
Jordan Wright 4 SR G 5-7 9.7 Pts, 4.8 Reb, 1.9 Ast
Trey Thomas 12 JR G 5-11 165 6.9 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Colin Smith 1 FR F 6-8 215 4.0 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Quentin Millora-Brown 42 SR F 6-10 229 3.3 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Emmanuel Ansong 20 SR F 6-4 195 2.6 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Noah Shelby 2 FR G 6-3 180 3.7 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Malik Dia 23 FR F 6-9 240 3.1 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Paul Lewis 3 FR G 6-2 170 2.3 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Lee Dort 34 FR F 6-10 255 2.1 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Miles Keeffe 25 FR G 6-5 185 0.7 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Graham Calton 22 SO G 6-5 200 0.0 Pts, 0.2 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Adrian Samuels 11 FR G 6-5 170 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.0 Ast

Kentucky

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Stats
Oscar Tshiebwe 34 SR F 6-9 260 16.2 Pts, 12.7 Reb, 1.7 Ast
Antonio Reeves 12 SR G 6-4 185 13.1 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Jacob Toppin 0 SR F 6-9 194 12.1 Pts, 6.6 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Cason Wallace 22 FR G 6-4 193 11.7 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 4.1 Ast
Chris Livingston 24 FR F 6-6 220 6.4 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Sahvir Wheeler 2 SR G 5-10 180 7.7 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 5.6 Ast
CJ Fredrick 1 SR G 6-3 195 7.3 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Lance Ware 55 JR F 6-9 223 2.2 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Daimion Collins 4 SO F 6-9 202 2.2 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Ugonna Onyenso 33 FR F 6-11 225 2.7 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Adou Thiero 3 FR G 6-6 200 2.4 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Brennan Canada 14 SR F 6-6 198 1.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Walker Horn 21 FR G 6-1 200 0.0 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Kareem Watkins 25 JR G 5-8 145 0.0 Pts, 0.0 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Grant Darbyshire 13 FR G 6-2

College Basketball Ratings

Rating Vanderbilt Kentucky
ESPN BPI 87 15
Sagarin 76 18
Massey Composite 80 34

Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky Basketball Series History

Kentucky leads 154-45

Vanderbilt Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Tyrin Lawrence G 6′-4″ 200 JR Monticello, GA
1 Colin Smith F 6′-8″ 215 FR Dallas, TX
2 Noah Shelby G 6′-3″ 180 FR Mckinney, TX
3 Paul Lewis G 6′-2″ 170 FR Woodbridge, VA
4 Jordan Wright G 6′-6″ 220 SR Baton Rouge, LA
5 Ezra Manjon G 6′-0″ 170 SR Antioch, CA
10 Myles Stute F 6′-7″ 215 JR Washington, DC
11 Adrian Samuels G 6′-5″ 170 FR Nashville, TN
12 Trey Thomas G 6′-0″ 160 JR Durham, ON
20 Emmanuel Ansong F 6′-4″ 195 SR Bordentown, NJ
21 Liam Robbins F 7′-0″ 250 SR Davenport, IA
22 Graham Calton G 6′-6″ 205 SO Charlotte, NC
23 Malik Dia F 6′-9″ 240 FR Murfreesboro, TN
25 Miles Keeffe G 6′-5″ 185 FR Novato, CA
34 Lee Dort F 6′-10″ 255 FR Mckinney, TX
42 Quentin Millora-Brown F 6′-10″ 245 SR Lorton, VA

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
0 Jacob Toppin F 6′-9″ 205 SR Brooklyn, NY
1 CJ Fredrick G 6′-3″ 185 SR Cincinnati, OH
2 Sahvir Wheeler G 5′-9″ 180 SR Houston, TX
3 Adou Thiero G 6′-6″ 200 FR Leetsdale, PA
4 Daimion Collins F 6′-9″ 210 SO Atlanta, TX
12 Antonio Reeves G 6′-5″ 205 SR Chicago, IL
13 Grant Darbyshire G 6′-2″ 190 FR Cincinnati, OH
14 Brennan Canada G 6′-6″ 205 SR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Walker Horn G 6′-4″ 200 FR Austin, TX
22 Cason Wallace G 6′-4″ 193 FR Dallas, TX
24 Chris Livingston F 6′-6″ 220 FR Akron, OH
25 Kareem Watkins G 5′-8″ 175 JR Camden, NJ
33 Ugonna Onyenso F 6′-11″ 225 FR
34 Oscar Tshiebwe F 6′-9″ 260 SR
55 Lance Ware F 6′-9″ 235 JR Camden, NJ

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Memphis 76 Vanderbilt 67
11/11/2022 Southern Miss 60 Vanderbilt 48
11/15/2022 Vanderbilt 89 Temple 87
11/18/2022 Morehead St 43 Vanderbilt 76
11/23/2022 Saint Mary’s 75 Vanderbilt 65
11/24/2022 Fresno St 59 Vanderbilt 67
11/30/2022 Vanderbilt 65 VCU 70
12/3/2022 Wofford 62 Vanderbilt 65
12/7/2022 Pitt 74 Vanderbilt 75
12/9/2022 Grambling 64 Vanderbilt 62
12/17/2022 NC State 70 Vanderbilt 66
12/22/2022 Alabama A&M 62 Vanderbilt 70
12/30/2022 SE Louisiana 55 Vanderbilt 93
1/3/2023 South Carolina 79 Vanderbilt 84
1/7/2023 Vanderbilt 82 Missouri 85
1/10/2023 Vanderbilt 68 Tennessee 77
1/14/2023 Arkansas 84 Vanderbilt 97
1/17/2023 Alabama 78 Vanderbilt 66
1/21/2023 Vanderbilt 85 Georgia 82
1/24/2023 Kentucky 69 Vanderbilt 53
1/28/2023 Vanderbilt 66 Texas A&M 72
1/31/2023 Vanderbilt 44 Alabama 101
2/4/2023 Ole Miss 71 Vanderbilt 74
2/8/2023 Tennessee 65 Vanderbilt 66
2/11/2023 Vanderbilt 88 Florida 80
2/14/2023 Vanderbilt 75 South Carolina 64
2/18/2023 Auburn 65 Vanderbilt 67
2/22/2023 Vanderbilt 77 LSU 84
2/25/2023 Florida 72 Vanderbilt 88
3/1/2023 Vanderbilt Kentucky
3/4/2023 Mississippi State Vanderbilt
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

Date Visitor PTs Home PTs
11/7/2022 Howard 63 Kentucky 95
11/11/2022 Duquesne 52 Kentucky 77
11/15/2022 Kentucky 77 Michigan State 86
11/17/2022 SC State 63 Kentucky 106
11/20/2022 Kentucky 72 Gonzaga 88
11/23/2022 North Florida 56 Kentucky 96
11/29/2022 Bellarmine 41 Kentucky 60
12/4/2022 Michigan 69 Kentucky 73
12/10/2022 Yale 59 Kentucky 69
12/17/2022 UCLA 63 Kentucky 53
12/21/2022 FAMU 68 Kentucky 88
12/28/2022 Kentucky 75 Missouri 89
12/31/2022 Louisville 63 Kentucky 86
1/3/2023 LSU 71 Kentucky 74
1/7/2023 Kentucky 52 Alabama 78
1/10/2023 South Carolina 71 Kentucky 68
1/14/2023 Kentucky 63 Tennessee 56
1/17/2023 Georgia 71 Kentucky 85
1/21/2023 Texas A&M 67 Kentucky 76
1/24/2023 Kentucky 69 Vanderbilt 53
1/28/2023 Kansas 77 Kentucky 68
1/31/2023 Kentucky 75 Ole Miss 66
2/4/2023 Florida 67 Kentucky 72
2/7/2023 Arkansas 88 Kentucky 73
2/11/2023 Kentucky 68 Georgia 75
2/15/2023 Kentucky 71 Mississippi State 68
2/18/2023 Tennessee 54 Kentucky 66
2/22/2023 Kentucky 82 Florida 74
2/25/2023 Auburn 54 Kentucky 86
3/1/2023 Vanderbilt Kentucky
3/4/2023 Kentucky Arkansas
3/9/2023 to 3/13/2023 SEC Tournament, Tampa, FL Tampa, FL
3/14/2023 to 4/3/2023 NCAA Tournament

Injuries and Suspensions

Vanderbilt

[F] Lee Dort (Foot) – Out

Kentucky

[G] Sahvir Wheeler (Ankle) – Out
[G] Grant Darbyshire (Lower Body) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 77, Vanderbilt 68

Score prediction for entertainment purposes only.

Wednesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 PM ET. TV: SEC Network.

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