SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Alabama

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Vanderbilt visits Alabama on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Vanderbilt 0.425 0.331 0.689 255 929 331 202 95 371
Vanderbilt OPP 0.455 0.358 0.692 284 1100 420 197 85 448
Alabama 0.441 0.355 0.693 337 1160 421 185 132 431
Alabama OPP 0.421 0.304 0.739 359 1156 344 247 117 401

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Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 29 17.5 170 135 32
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 29 11.5 97 108 32
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 29 8.0 79 35 39
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 29 6.8 68 19 42
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 29 5.6 54 47 8
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 28 4.0 43 26 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 25 2.0 17 10 5

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 25 132 157 5.4
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 47 70 117 4.2
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 20 80 100 3.4
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 15 81 96 3.3
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 26 54 80 2.8
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 14 63 77 2.7
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 11 57 68 4.9
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 10 45 55 2.2
Clevon Brown Vanderbilt 22 32 54 6.0
Braelee Albert Vanderbilt 15 12 27 1.6
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 5 12 17 0.9
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 5 5 0.6
Isaiah Rice Vanderbilt 2 0 2 0.2

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 29 18.1 190 92 53
John Petty Jr. Alabama 28 15.0 139 57 85
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 29 15.0 137 82 79
Alex Reese Alabama 29 9.3 94 31 50
Herbert Jones Alabama 25 8.4 74 61 1
James Bolden Alabama 26 7.8 61 46 35
Javian Davis Alabama 29 6.2 59 61 2
Galin Smith Alabama 29 3.0 35 17 0
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 28 2.9 24 20 12

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. Alabama 38 147 185 6.6
Herbert Jones Alabama 49 113 162 6.5
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 24 120 144 5.0
Alex Reese Alabama 31 106 137 4.7
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 36 94 130 4.5
Javian Davis Alabama 42 71 113 3.9
Galin Smith Alabama 36 38 74 2.6
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 18 44 62 2.2
James Bolden Alabama 21 35 56 2.2
Tyler Barnes Alabama 0 4 4 0.6
Adam Cottrell Alabama 0 1 1 0.3

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NCAA NET

Vanderbilt: 170

Alabama: 40

Vanderbilt Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Saben Lee G 6′-2″ 183 JR Phoenix, AZ
1 Dylan Disu F 6′-9″ 220 FR Pflugerville, TX
2 Scotty Pippen Jr. G 6′-1″ 170 FR Los Angeles, CA
3 Maxwell Evans G 6′-2″ 190 JR Houston, TX
4 Jordan Wright G 6′-5″ 226 FR Baton Rouge, LA
5 D.J. Harvey G 6′-6″ 235 SO Bowie, MD
10 Drew Weikert G 6′-0″ 170 SO Nashville, TN
13 Matthew Moyer F 6′-8″ 229 JR Gahanna, OH
14 Isaiah Rice G 5′-11″ 195 JR Indianapolis, IN
15 Clevon Brown F 6′-8″ 232 SR San Antonio, TX
20 Trace Arbuckle G 6′-2″ 170 JR Carmel, IN
21 Jon Jossell G 5′-9″ 160 SR Arcadia, OK
24 Aaron Nesmith F 6′-6″ 213 SO Charleston, SC
42 Quentin Millora-Brown F 6′-10″ 229 FR Lorton, VA
50 Ejike Obinna F 6′-10″ 243 SO Enugu, Nigeria
55 Oton Jankovic F 6′-10″ 212 FR Napa, CA

Alabama Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Javian Davis F 6′-9″ 242 FR Canton, MS
1 Herbert Jones F 6′-7″ 205 JR Greensboro, AL
2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 165 SO Meridianville, AL
3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 245 JR Pelham, AL
4 Juwan Gary F 6′-5″ 215 FR Columbia, SC
5 Jaden Shackelford G 6′-3″ 195 FR Hesperia, CA
11 James Bolden G 6′-0″ 160 SR Covington, KY
12 Jaylen Forbes G 6′-4″ 186 FR Florence, MS
13 Jahvon Quinerly G 6′-1″ 175 SO Hackensack, NJ
15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 201 JR Louisville, KY
21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 183 SO Mountain Brook, AL
23 John Petty Jr. G 6′-5″ 184 JR Huntsville, AL
25 Adam Cottrell G 6′-3″ 185 FR Flowery Branch, GA
30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 240 JR Clinton, MS
33 James Rojas F 6′-8″ 215 JR Jamestown, NY
34 Sam Okauru G 6′-5″ 200 FR Raleigh, NC
35 Raymond Hawkins F 6′-9″ 240 FR Oakland, CA

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Scouting Report


Vanderbilt (9-20, 1-15 SEC) fell to Ole Miss 86-60 on Saturday in Oxford. Devontae Shuler led the Rebels with 18 points. Vandy Ejike Obbina topped the Commodores with 13. It was his first time ever leading the Commodores in scoring. The Rebels won this game inside hitting 54% of field goals to Vandy’s 34%.

Vandy as a team has struggled all season. Even when they had the SEC’s top scorer (Aaron Nesmith) playing Vandy struggled to defeat low rated non-conference teams. They have ended the SEC losing streak but seem to have started another streak (7). In the past two games Vandy has looked less motivated and burnt out. They are sloppy and miss open shots and struggle at the free throw line. Statistically, Vandy scores about 70.8 points a game and allows 74.5% points per contest. Guard Saben Lee (17.2 ppg) is Vandy’s best player. He likes to drive to the basket but also is effective from 3-point range.

Alabama (16-13, 8-8 SEC) defeated South Carolina 90-86 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Bama trailed at the half but took control in the second half, fending off several Gamecock attempts to re-take the lead. Kira Lewis Jr. paced the Crimson Tide with 25 points. Keyshawn Bryant was the Gamecock’s top points producer with 22 points. Bama used its 3-point shooting prowess to win this game taking 10 more attempts and making four more treys than the Gamecocks.

Bama’s philosophy is to shoot, shoot and shoot some more. They believe if they take a massive number shots, way more than their opponents, that they can win even without superior shooting accuracy. John Petty Jr and Jaden Shackelford are Bama’s two top 3-point threats. The two have combined for 164 made 3-point shots. That’s two players with a combined more 3-point makes than the entire Kentucky (143 made) and Mississippi State (154 made) teams.

Alabama’s almost certain to win this game. The Tide is the best 3-point shooting team in the conference while Vandy is dead last in 3-point shooting defense. To make matters worse for Vandy, they are playing this one in Tuscaloosa. Teams generally shoot better at home. Keep in mind that Vandy did beat LSU. However, that was a home game for Vandy. The Commodores haven’t won a road game this season.

Vanderbilt-Alabama Prediction

Alabama 88, Vanderbilt 76


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 CT). TV: SEC Network.

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