SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: South Carolina at Vanderbilt

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South Carolina visits Vanderbilt on Saturday 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
South Carolina 0.440 0.316 0.623 356 1120 435 232 128 389
South Carolina OPP 0.392 0.298 0.728 303 1062 343 182 108 467
Vanderbilt 0.430 0.339 0.690 263 964 344 209 99 389
Vanderbilt OPP 0.468 0.353 0.735 289 1084 402 168 116 412

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Statistical Leaders

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson South Carolina 29 13.7 130 81 55
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 28 12.2 114 80 34
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 29 11.0 132 56 0
Jair Bolden South Carolina 28 8.8 90 21 45
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 28 5.1 54 35 0
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 25 4.0 43 15 0
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 24 3.6 33 19 2
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 28 2.5 26 17 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 28 2.2 23 5 10

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 59 129 188 6.5
Justin Minaya South Carolina 40 88 128 6.1
AJ Lawson South Carolina 14 91 105 3.6
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 49 54 103 3.7
Keyshawn Bryant South Carolina 24 58 82 4.1
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 21 57 78 2.8
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 34 39 73 2.6
Jair Bolden South Carolina 6 64 70 2.5
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 26 39 65 2.6
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 11 40 51 2.1
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 24 26 0.9
Micaiah Henry South Carolina 2 6 8 1.0
Mike Green South Carolina 1 2 3 0.4
Nathan Nelson South Carolina 2 0 2 0.2

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 29 17.5 170 135 32
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 29 11.5 97 108 32
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 29 8.0 79 35 39
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 29 6.8 68 19 42
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 29 5.6 54 47 8
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 28 4.0 43 26 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 25 2.0 17 10 5

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 25 132 157 5.4
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 47 70 117 4.2
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 20 80 100 3.4
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 15 81 96 3.3
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 26 54 80 2.8
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 14 63 77 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 15 12 27 1.6
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 5 12 17 0.9
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 5 5 0.6
Isaiah Rice Vanderbilt 2 0 2 0.2

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NCAA NET

South Carolina: 60

Vanderbilt: 148

South Carolina Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 178 SO Toronto, ON
1 T.J. Moss G 6′-4″ 195 FR Memphis, TN
2 Trey Anderson F 6′-6″ 203 FR San Diego, CA
4 Jalyn McCreary F 6′-7″ 225 FR Marietta, GA
5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 211 FR East Chicago, IN
10 Justin Minaya F 6′-6″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
12 Trae Hannibal G 6′-2″ 217 FR Hartsville, SC
13 Micaiah Henry F 6′-9″ 235 SR Decatur, GA
14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-6″ 189 SO Murfreesboro, TN
15 Wildens Leveque F 6′-11″ 230 FR Brockton, MA
20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-7″ 260 SO Jersey City, NJ
21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 270 SR Tallinn, Estonia
23 Mike Green G 6′-1″ 188 FR Myrtle Beach, SC
24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-5″ 197 SO Winter Haven, FL
25 Seventh Woods G 6′-2″ 189 SR Columbia, SC
52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 215 JR Brooklyn, NY

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


South Carolina (18-12, 10-7 SEC) downed Mississippi State 83-71 on Tuesday night in Columbia. Big man Maik Kotsar led the victors with 20 points. Tyson Carter paced the Bulldogs with 24 points. South Carolina forced 14 Mississippi State turnovers and out-shot the Bulldogs from the field 48% to 39%. They also made 10 more field goals than the Bulldogs (32-22).

The Gamecocks score an average of 73.4 points per game which is eighth best in the SEC. Defensively, USC allows opponents 69.1 points per outing (8th SEC). Despite being eighth in points allowed, the Gamecocks are very stingy at allowing made shots. They are second in the SEC in field goal defense (39.2%) and fourth in the league in 3-point shooting defense (29.8%). South Carolina is the worst free throw shooting team in the league (62%).

AJ Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring average (13.7 ppg). Jermaine Couisnard is not far behind putting up 12.2 points a contest. Six-foot-11 inch Maik Kotsar leads the Gamecocks in rebounding (6.5 rpg).

Vanderbilt (10-20, 2-15 SEC) surprised Alabama 87-79 on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. Vandy’s Saben Lee led the Commodores with 38 points. Alabama’s Kira Lewis led the Crimson Tide with 30 points. The Commodores made an impressive 15 of 28 3-point shots to beat Alabama at its own game.

Vanderbilt averages 71.3 points per game (10th/SEC). The Commodores allow opponents 74.6 points per contest (12th/SEC). Vandy, like Alabama, relies heavily on the 3-point shot. The Commodores are third in the SEC in that statistical category (34%). Vandy is last in the SEC in both field goal defense (46.8%) and 3-point defense (35.3%).

Saben Lee leads the Commodores in scoring (17.5 ppg). Freshman guard Scottie Pippen Jr. is second in scoring (11.5 ppg). Another freshman, Dylan Disu, leads the Commodores rebounding (4.2 rpg).

This game will come down to whether or not Vanderbilt is hitting on its threes. If South Carolina can limit the Vandy threes to five or six, the Gamecocks likely win. If the Commodores get nine or 10 treys they’ll likely prevail. South Carolina is the overall favorite because they are bigger and more experienced.

South Carolina-Vanderbilt Prediction

South Carolina 74, Vanderbilt 70


Saturday‘s game tips off at 12:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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