LSU 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
LSU Scoring Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||8.0||53||13||9|
LSU Rebounding Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||9||40||49||3.1|
Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders
|Scotty Pippen Jr.||Vanderbilt||11.2||66||85||19|
Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders
|Scotty Pippen Jr.||Vanderbilt||12||54||66||3.1|
|0||Darius Days||F||6′-6″||240||SO||Raleigh, FL|
|1||Javonte Smart||G||6′-4″||205||SO||Baton Rouge, LA|
|2||Trendon Watford||F||6′-9″||235||FR||Birmingham, AL|
|3||Parker Edwards||G||6′-3″||190||SO||Mandeville, LA|
|4||Skylar Mays||G||6′-4″||205||SR||Baton Rouge, LA|
|5||Emmitt Williams||F||6′-6″||230||SO||Fort Myers, FL|
|10||James Bishop||G||6′-2″||190||FR||Baltimore, MD|
|11||Charles Manning Jr.||G||6′-5″||200||JR||Riverhead, NY|
|12||Marshall Graves||G||6′-4″||195||SR||Ponchatoula, LA|
|14||Marlon Taylor||G||6′-5″||210||SR||Mount Vernon, NY|
|15||Aundre Hyatt||F||6′-4″||225||FR||Bronx, NY|
|20||Caleb Starks||G||6′-3″||205||JR||Lafayette, LA|
|21||Courtese Cooper||F||6′-9″||220||SO||Elgin, IL|
|24||Deshawn Thomas||C||6′-9″||250||JR||Dentsville, SC|
|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|
LSU (17-4, 8-0 SEC) defeated Ole Miss 73-63 on Saturday in Baton Rouge. The Tigers dominated this game leading all but a couple of minutes early in the first half. LSU led by as much as 24 points in the first half before going to halftime up 40-20. In the second half Ole Miss was more competitive and narrowed the LSU lead to as much as 8 points just over 3 minutes into the second half. The Tigers stormed back, however, to re-extend their lead to as much as 21 points. Javonte Smart led the Tigers with 21 points. Devontae Shuler topped the Rebels with 28. Shuler was 5 of 9 from 3-point range. LSU won this game at the line (23 of 34) and by outrebounding Ole Miss 42-30.
LSU averages 80.1 points per game, second in the SEC. The Tigers are allowing opponents 69.9 points per contest, 11th in the league. LSU as a team shoots 48% from the field, 30.7% from 3-point range, and 77.5% from the line. Skylar Mays leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 15.3 points per game. Darius Days paces the Tigers in rebounding averaging almost 7.5 boards a game.
Vanderbilt (8-13, 0-8 SEC) fell to Florida 61-55 on Saturday in Nashville. Florida held the lead through most of the first half leading by as much as eight points. The Gators would lead 26-21 at the half. In the second half the Gators built an 51-34 lead at 8:26 mark. However, vandy would battle back and cut the Gator lead to as little as five before time ran out of the Commodores. Scotty Pippen Jr. led the Commodores with 15 points. Keyontae Johnson topped the Gators with 20 points. The Gators out-shot the Commodores from both 3-point range (39.1% to 23.3%) and in field goals (40.7% to 37.8%). The made 75% of free throws compared to the Gators 61.5%.
Aaron Nesmith (23 ppg) is the Commodore’s and SEC’s leading scorer, however, he is out for the season with an injury. In his absence Saben Lee (16.0 ppg) has taken over that role. Freshman forward Dylan Disu leads Vandy in rebounding 5.9 rpg. For the season Vandy is shooting 42.7% from the field, 32.6% from 3-point range and 68.0% from the free throw line. Vandy is eighth in the SEC in scoring averaging 72.9 points a game. The Commodores are 12th in the SEC in scoring defense allowing 73.9 point per contest. Vandy is dead last in field goal percentage defense (46.4%) and last in 3-point shooting defense (34.8%).
Vandy seems to be improving a little but they have a ways to go to catch up with LSU. Tigers likely win by double digits.