SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Alabama at Vanderbilt

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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.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Alabama 0.439 0.358 0.719 194 704 244 108 75 261
Alabama OPP 0.409 0.308 0.732 200 667 198 141 72 245
Vanderbilt 0.446 0.347 0.674 162 567 218 121 69 231
Vanderbilt OPP 0.460 0.346 0.722 165 595 217 99 48 245

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Statistical Leaders

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 16.4 102 50 24
John Petty Jr. Alabama 16.3 89 41 58
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 12.2 63 46 35
Herbert Jones Alabama 10.1 59 42 1
Alex Reese Alabama 9.6 55 23 31
James Bolden Alabama 8.9 41 29 23
Javian Davis Alabama 6.5 37 36 0
Galin Smith Alabama 2.7 19 8 0
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 2.4 12 9 6

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. Alabama 25 97 122 7.2
Herbert Jones Alabama 31 73 104 6.5
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 18 77 95 5.6
Alex Reese Alabama 17 65 82 4.8
Javian Davis Alabama 28 43 71 4.2
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 16 50 66 3.9
Galin Smith Alabama 16 21 37 2.2
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 10 25 35 2.2
James Bolden Alabama 12 17 29 1.9
Tyler Barnes Alabama 0 4 4 0.8
Adam Cottrell Alabama 0 1 1 0.3

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 23.0 105 52 60
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 15.7 94 59 20
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11.1 50 73 15
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 7.6 46 20 18
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 5.6 31 13 20
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 3.9 22 19 3
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 3.8 26 9 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 1.8 11 5 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 18 78 96 5.6
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 11 57 68 4.9
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 13 43 56 3.3
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 25 31 56 3.5
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 9 46 55 3.2
Clevon Brown Vanderbilt 22 32 54 6.0
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11 40 51 3.0
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 15 24 39 2.3
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 6 25 31 1.8
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 3 4 7 0.8
Braelee Albert Vanderbilt 3 2 5 1.0
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 2 2 0.7

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NCAA RPI

Alabama: 42

Vanderbilt: 143

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

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

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Scouting Report


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.

Alabama-Vanderbilt Prediction

Alabama 86, Vanderbilt 75


Wednesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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