SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Missouri at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-Missouri

Missouri 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 Analysis

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Missouri 0.413 0.306 0.773 286 933 311 185 84 384
Missouri OPP 0.408 0.294 0.736 263 909 284 161 93 389
Vanderbilt 0.431 0.335 0.693 240 869 311 194 93 349
Vanderbilt OPP 0.468 0.357 0.731 259 972 356 153 102 377

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Statistical Leaders

Missouri Points Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Dru Smith Missouri 27 12.6 103.0 113 21
Xavier Pinson Missouri 27 10.4 87.0 83 25
Javon Pickett Missouri 27 7.2 76.0 27 15
Kobe Brown Missouri 26 6.1 58.0 25 18
Torrence Watson Missouri 27 5.0 42.0 18 33
Mitchell Smith Missouri 26 4.8 39.0 30 16
Reed Nikko Missouri 26 4.7 46.0 29 0
Tray Jackson Missouri 23 3.1 25.0 16 6
Parker Braun Missouri 21 1.6 15.0 3 0

Missouri Top Rebounders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG  
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mitchell Smith Missouri 35 89 124 4.8
Dru Smith Missouri 30 84 114 4.2
Javon Pickett Missouri 37 64 101 3.7
Kobe Brown Missouri 28 65 93 3.6
Reed Nikko Missouri 45 44 89 3.4
Mark Smith Missouri 6 80 86 4.3
Xavier Pinson Missouri 17 49 66 2.4
Jeremiah Tilmon Missouri 26 29 55 4.2
Tray Jackson Missouri 11 35 46 2.0
Torrence Watson Missouri 5 33 38 1.4
Parker Braun Missouri 7 17 24 1.1
Mario McKinney Jr. Missouri 5 6 11 1.6
Axel Okongo Missouri 1 1 2 0.3
Evan Yerkes Missouri 1 1 2 0.3

Vanderbilt Points Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 27 17.9 162.0 128 31
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 27 11.3 87.0 102 28
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 27 8.3 77.0 32 38
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 27 6.9 64.0 19 40
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 27 5.7 52.0 43 7
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 26 3.5 36.0 18 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 25 2.0 17.0 10 5

Vanderbilt Top Rebounders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG  
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 24 123 147 5.4
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 43 67 110 4.2
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 18 70 88 3.3
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 14 73 87 3.2
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 25 49 74 2.7
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 12 61 73 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 14 11 25 1.7
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 5 9 14 0.8
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 3 3 0.4
Isaiah Rice Vanderbilt 1 0 1 0.1

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NCAA NET

Missouri: 87

Vanderbilt: 145

Missouri Players

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Torrence Watson G 6′-5″ 205 SO St. Louis, MO
1 Xavier Pinson G 6′-2″ 170 SO Chicago, IL
2 Tray Jackson F 6′-8″ 215 FR Detroit, MI
4 Javon Pickett G 6′-5″ 220 SO Belleville, IL
5 Mitchell Smith F 6′-10″ 221 JR Van Buren, AR
10 Evan Yerkes G 6′-3″ 187 SO Tinley Park, IL
11 Mario McKinney Jr. G 6′-2″ 185 FR St. Louis, MO
12 Dru Smith G 6′-3″ 203 JR Evansville, IN
13 Mark Smith G 6′-5″ 220 JR Edwardsville, IL
14 Reed Nikko F 6′-10″ 240 SR Maple Grove, MN
15 Axel Okongo F 7′-0″ 240 JR Saacy-sur-Marne, France
23 Jeremiah Tilmon F 6′-10″ 260 JR East Saint Louis, IL
24 Kobe Brown F 6′-7″ 240 FR Huntsville, AL
25 Brooks Ford G 6′-0″ 187 SO St. Louis, MO
42 Parker Braun F 6′-8″ 217 FR Overland Park, KS

Vanderbilt Players

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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Team/Game Analysis

Missouri (13-14, 5-9 SEC) fell to Arkansas 78-68 on Saturday in Fayetteville. Kobe Brown led the Tigers with 17 points. Isaiah Joe topped the Razorbacks with 21 points while making 5 of 10 3-point shots. Three-point shooting was the key stat that decided this game. The Hogs made a blistering 12 of 25 3-point shots compared to the Tigers’ 4 of 21 3-point shooting. It’s a wonder that Mizzou didn’t lose by even more.

Dru Smith leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 12.6 points a game. Xavier Pinson is the only other Mizzou player who scores in double figures (10.4 ppg). Mitchell Smith is the top rebounder for Missouri (4.8 rpg). The Tigers are 12th in scoring offense (67.4 ppg) and ninth in scoring defense (65.8 ppg). Missouri is one of those teams that relies a really good defense and solid free throw shooting (77.3%). The Tigers of fourth in the SEC in field goal defense (40.8%) and third in the conference in 3-point defense (29.4%).

Vanderbilt (9-18, 1-13 SEC) had its hearts ripped from it yet again on Saturday when poor officiating allowed Georgia to win 80-78 off a last second shot that should have never occurred. Vanderbilt had rebounded the ball with 12 seconds left after a missed Commodore shot. The rebounder was called out of bounds when video replay clearly showed his foot four or five inches from the line. This was apparently the same crew that made the ridiculous call in the Tennessee game in Nashville last season where what should have been an obvious over the back call on Tennessee, turned into a hook and hold call on Vandy. That call swung this game to the Vols and caused Vandy to finish winless in the SEC and set the record for consecutive SEC losses.

Vanderbilt’s top scorer is guard Saben Lee (17.9 ppg). Lee is a quality shooter and can also drive to the basket well. Freshman guard Scotty Pippen Jr. is the team second leading scorer (11.3 ppg). Vandy doesn’t a have a dominate inside player. Freshman forward Dylan Disu leads the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg).

The Commodores have the SEC’s ninth best scoring offense (71.9 ppg) and 13th best defense (74.6 ppg) in the league. Since losing their top scorer Aaron Nesmith to injury earlier in the season the Commodores have dropped to fifth in the conference in 3-point shooting (33.5%) and 11th in field goal shooting (43.2%). The Commodores also struggle defensively allowing opponents to make 46.8% of field goals and 35.7% of 3-point shots. Vandy is third in the league in turnover margin (+1.1).

This is another tough one to pick. Mizzou has struggled on the road this season. The Tigers have won just one road game and it wasn’t a conference game. Vandy’s coming off a heart wrenching, last second loss. Can the ‘Dores pick themselves up and put together a solid game? We think they will.

Missouri-Vanderbilt Prediction

Vanderbilt 77, Missouri 73


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

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