SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Auburn at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-Auburn

Auburn plays at Vanderbilt on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Auburn 0.456 0.373 0.699 325 893 367 218 126 320
Auburn OPP 0.424 0.351 0.703 259 828 289 152 84 438
Vanderbilt 0.437 0.332 0.684 233 867 292 114 99 332
Vanderbilt OPP 0.427 0.329 0.725 251 855 286 148 85 278

Statistical Leaders

Auburn Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Bryce Brown 16.3 126 58 82
Jared Harper 15.4 112 83 62
Chuma Okeke 11.1 102 33 30
Austin Wiley 9.2 62 41 0
Samir Doughty 7.9 66 28 29
Malik Dunbar 7.3 64 19 28
Anfernee McLemore 6.9 64 19 18
Horace Spencer 4.6 44 21 2
J’Von McCormick 3.2 29 11 5

Auburn Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Chuma Okeke 70 95 165 6.9
Austin Wiley 36 59 95 5.3
Horace Spencer 55 60 115 4.8
Anfernee McLemore 33 72 105 4.4
Samir Doughty 31 56 87 3.6
Malik Dunbar 19 62 81 3.4
Jared Harper 10 59 69 2.9
Bryce Brown 11 39 50 2.1
J’Von McCormick 11 12 23 1.0

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee 13.5 95 118 16
Simi Shittu 11.7 103 74 1
Aaron Nesmith 10.9 83 53 43
Matt Ryan 9.0 69 24 53
Joe Toye 8.4 66 36 33
Yanni Wetzell 5.0 42 31 6
Maxwell Evans 4.0 30 23 10
Matthew Moyer 3.8 26 22 9
Clevon Brown 3.5 34 13 2

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Simi Shittu 42 125 167 7.0
Aaron Nesmith 23 113 136 5.7
Saben Lee 11 73 84 3.5
Joe Toye 20 55 75 3.1
Yanni Wetzell 19 53 72 3.0
Matthew Moyer 29 33 62 2.8
Matt Ryan 12 56 68 2.8
Clevon Brown 29 32 61 2.5
Maxwell Evans 12 26 38 1.7

NCAA RPI

Auburn: 23
Vanderbilt: 127

Auburn Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Horace Spencer F 6′-8″ 225 SR Philadelphia, PA
#1 Jared Harper G 5′-11″ 175 JR Mableton, GA
#2 Bryce Brown G 6′-3″ 198 SR Stone Mountain, GA
#3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 JR Centreville, AL
#4 Malik Dunbar G 6′-6″ 230 SR North Augusta, SC
#5 Chuma Okeke F 6′-8″ 230 SO Atlanta, GA
#10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 JR Philadelphia, PA
#12 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 175 JR Katy, TX
#14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 190 FR Auburn, AL
#20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 FR Madison, AL
#21 Devontae Williams G 6′-5″ 215 JR Opp, AL
#22 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 JR Birmingham, AL
#23 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 185 SO Birmingham, AL
#24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 JR Warwick, GA
#25 Brett Easterling G 6′-1″ 170 SO Tallahassee, FL
#33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 170 FR Lakewood Ranch, FL
#41 Cole Blackstock F 6′-9″ 260 SR Killen, AL
#50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 JR Hoover, AL
#54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 JR Birmingham, AL

Vanderbilt Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Saben Lee G 6′-2″ 183 SO Phoenix, AZ
#1 Yanni Wetzell F 6′-10″ 240 JR Auckland, NZ
#2 Joe Toye G 6′-7″ 210 SR Chicago, IL
#3 Maxwell Evans G 6′-2″ 192 SO Houston, TX
#11 Simisola Shittu F 6′-10″ 240 FR Burlington, ON
#13 Matthew Moyer F 6′-8″ 217 SO Gahanna, OH
#14 Isaiah Rice G 5′-11″ 195 SO Indianapolis, IN
#15 Clevon Brown F 6′-8″ 240 JR San Antonio, TX
#24 Aaron Nesmith F 6′-6″ 213 FR Charleston, SC
#30 Mac Hunt G 6′-6″ 182 FR Chattanooga, TN
#32 Matt Ryan F 6′-8″ 209 JR Cortlandt Manor, NY
#50 Ejike Obinna F 6′-10″ 234 SO Enugu, Nigeria

Auburn Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs South Alabama W 101-58
Nov 9 vs Washington W 88-66
Nov 14 vs Miss. College W 103-52
Nov 19* at Xavier W 88-79
Nov 20* vs. Duke L 78-72
Nov 21* vs. Arizona W 73-57
Nov 28 vs St Peter’s W 99-49
Dec 4 vs UNC Asheville W 67-41
Dec 8 vs Dayton W 82-72
Dec 15* at UAB W 75-71
Dec 19 at NC State L 78-71
Dec 22 vs Murray State W 93-88
Dec 29 vs North Florida W 95-49
Jan 9 at Ole Miss L 82-67
Jan 12 vs Georgia W 93-78
Jan 16 at Texas A&M W 85-66
Jan 19 vs Kentucky L 82-80
Jan 22 at South Carolina L 80-77
Jan 26 at Mississippi State L 92-84
Jan 30 vs Missouri W 92-58
Feb 2 vs Alabama W 84-63
Feb 5 vs Florida W 76-62
Feb 9 at LSU L 83-78
Feb 13 vs Ole Miss L 60-55
Feb 16 at Vanderbilt
Feb 20 vs Arkansas
Feb 23 at Kentucky
Feb 27 at Georgia
Mar 2 vs Mississippi State
Mar 5 at Alabama
Mar 9 vs Tennessee

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs Winthrop W 92-79
Nov 11 at USC W 82-78
Nov 16 vs Alcorn State W 79-54
Nov 19 vs Liberty W 79-70
Nov 23 vs Kent State L 77-75
Nov 27 vs Savannah State W 120-85
Dec 1* at NC State L 80-65
Dec 5 vs Mid Tennessee W 79-51
Dec 17 vs Arizona State W 81-65
Dec 22* at Kansas State L 69-58
Dec 29 vs Tennessee St W 95-76
Dec 31 vs UNC Asheville W 90-59
Jan 5 vs Ole Miss L 81-71
Jan 9 at Georgia L 82-63
Jan 12 at Kentucky L 56-47
Jan 16 vs South Carolina L 74-71
Jan 19 vs Mississippi State L 71-55
Jan 23 vs Tennessee L 88-83 (OT)
Jan 26 at Oklahoma L 86-55
Jan 29 vs Kentucky L 87-52
Feb 2 at Missouri L 77-67
Feb 5 at Arkansas L 69-66
Feb 9 vs Alabama L 77-67
Feb 13 at Florida L 66-57
Feb 16 vs Auburn
Feb 19 at Tennessee
Feb 23 at Alabama
Feb 27 vs Florida
Mar 2 at Texas A&M
Mar 6 vs Arkansas
Mar 9 at LSU

Auburn-Vanderbilt Prediction

The Vanderbilt Commodores keep coming close to winning their first SEC game of 2019, but close doesn’t bring comfort or relief. The exquisite problem for Vanderbilt here is that while Auburn would have needed this game regardless of other circumstances, the Tigers now need this win even more after stumbling at home to Ole Miss. The Rebels were a thorn in the side of the Tigers this year, sweeping the two-game series. Auburn now has to avoid a loss at Vanderbilt if it wants to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes in reasonably good shape. Auburn’s backcourt was terrible in the Wednesday night loss to Ole Miss at home. It is hard to imagine that same backcourt playing poorly enough that the Tigers will fall short here. Vanderbilt’s offense is also limited to the point that no one should expect an upset. Auburn 77, Vanderbilt 66. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). TV: ESPNU.

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