Alabama visits Vanderbilt on Wednesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.
By 14Powers Hoops
Team Statistical Comparison
Alabama Scoring Leaders
|Kira Lewis Jr.||Alabama||16.4||102||50||24|
|John Petty Jr.||Alabama||16.3||89||41||58|
Alabama Rebounding Leaders
|John Petty Jr.||Alabama||25||97||122||7.2|
|Kira Lewis Jr.||Alabama||18||77||95||5.6|
Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders
|Scotty Pippen Jr.||Vanderbilt||11.1||50||73||15|
Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders
|Scotty Pippen Jr.||Vanderbilt||11||40||51||3.0|
|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|
|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 (10-7, 3-2 SEC) defeated Missouri 88-74 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Missouri led this game through the first five minutes of the game but with 15:25 to play in the first half the Tide 8-7 lead and would never trail again. Bama led 47-40 at the half. In the second half Mizzou narrowed the Alabama lead to 63-60 with 11:39 to play but couldn’t retake the lead. Bama out-shot the Tigers from the field (45%-31%) and 3-point range (33%-25%). Alabama also made over 80% of its free throws. One bright spot for the Tigers, Mizzou hit 31 of 31 free throws. John Petty Jr. led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 20 points. Petty made 4 of 10 from 3-point range. Dru Smith paced the Tigers with 18 points.
Kira Lewis Jr. leads the Tide in scoring averaging 16.4 points per game. Petty, Jr. is not far behind Lewis at 16.3 points a contest. Petty leads the Tide in rebounding pulling down over 7 a game.
As a team, Alabama is No. 1 in the conference in scoring offense (83.5 ppg) and last in the conference in scoring defense (77.6 ppg). The Crimson Tide is first in SEC basketball in 3-point shooting making of 35.8% of shots. They make an average of nearly 11 threes a game. Bama ranks fifth in the SEC in assists (14.4 apg). The Tide is 10th in the league in field goal defense (40.9%) and 11th in steals (6.4 spg).
Vanderbilt (8-9, 0-4 SEC) fell to rival Tennessee 66-45 on Saturday in Nashville. This game was close at halftime (21-20) but in the second half the Vols ran away with it. They outscored Vandy 14-3 in the first 5:10 of the second half. Vandy was iced dead cold from the 3-point range with no makes in 25 attempts. It was the first time since the inception of the 3-point rule back in the 1980s that the Commodores didn’t score on at least one 3-point shot. The Vols also were cold but at least made one 3-pointer. Vandy not only struggled from 3-point range, they hit only 24% of their field goals compared to Tennessee’s 53%. Vandy did make 81% of its free throws but Tennessee also bettered the Commodores in that stat going 93% from behind the line. Tennessee’s Jordan Bowden led the Vols in scoring with 21 points. Vandy freshman Scotty Pippen Jr. tallied 16 points for the Commodores.
Vanderbilt recently lost leading scorer Aaron Nesmith indefinitely to injury. He was the leading scorer in the SEC. With Nesmith out, Saban Lee is the team’s second leading scorer (15.7 ppg). Freshman guard Scotty Pippen Jr is the team’s second leading scorer (11.1 ppg).
The Commodores are 12th in scoring defense allowing 72.8 points a contest. Vandy is seventh in the league in scoring (74.1 ppg). The Commodores shoot well from the 3-point range (2nd, 34.7%) but that percentage has dropped significantly since Nesmith’s injury. From field goal range (6th, 44.6%). Vandy is 13th in the league in rebounding margin (-1.5) but a better sixth in turnover margin (+0.8). Vandy sits at 10th in the league in assist to turnover ratio (0.9). Although the Commodores struggle at stopping opponents from scoring, they do get steals and are sixth in the SEC in that stat category (7.1 spg).
This is a battle of two teams headed in opposite directions this season. A lot of that has to do with Vandy’s key injuries but it’s still a hard fact for the Vandy supporters. Alabama should run away with this game. It might be fairly close in the first half but Alabama is deeper and has more weapons.