SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-Tennessee

Tennessee 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
Tennessee 0.419 0.310 0.741 165 592 240 96 92 225
Tennessee OPP 0.391 0.344 0.669 156 541 164 120 50 217
Vanderbilt 0.458 0.369 0.665 150 538 215 114 67 214
Vanderbilt OPP 0.456 0.352 0.713 158 560 203 93 40 227

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Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 11.8 65.0 32 27
John Fulkerson Tennessee 11.1 69.0 39 0
Yves Pons Tennessee 10.9 67.0 25 16
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 8.3 45.0 22 20
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 4.3 31.0 6 1
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 3.1 11.0 22 3
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 3.0 15.0 8 10
Drew Pember Tennessee 2.1 6.0 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 19 75 94 5.9
John Fulkerson Tennessee 27 58 85 5.3
Yves Pons Tennessee 23 60 83 5.2
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 7 59 66 4.1
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 27 37 64 4.0
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 8 24 32 2.0
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 7 19 26 1.7
Drew Pember Tennessee 8 11 19 1.6

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 23.0 105.0 52 60
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 15.8 90.0 53 20
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 10.8 47.0 63 15
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 7.9 45.0 19 18
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 5.7 29.0 13 20
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 3.9 25.0 9 0
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 3.9 21.0 17 3
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 1.9 11.0 5 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 18 73 91 5.7
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 11 57 68 4.9
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 23 29 52 3.5
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 9 46 55 3.4
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 11 38 49 3.1
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 10 39 49 3.1
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 13 21 34 2.1
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 6 25 31 1.9

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NCAA RPI

Tennessee: 72

Vanderbilt: 136

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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


Tennessee (10-6, 2-2 SEC) fell to Georgia 80-63 on Wednesday night in Athens. The Vols fell behind early 8-3 but were able to battle back and take a 10-8 lead with Jordan Bowden jump shot with 14:47 to play in the first half. However, Georgia would re-take the lead and extended its lead to 26-19 with 8:51 to play in the first half. With 2:36 to play in the half a Tyree Crump 3-point shot extended the Bulldog lead to 40-23. The Dogs would have a comfortable 47-28 lead at halftime. In the second half Georgia quickly extended its lead to 20 and would keep that lead or more for most of the remainder of the game. The Vols were led in scoring by Bowden with 12. Georgia’s Anthony Edwards led all scorers with 26 points. Edwards made 5 of 10 shots from 3-point range. Forward Rayshaun Hammonds added 21 points. Georgia won this game with 3-point shooting making 10 of 23 shots to Tennessee’s 6 of 26 shots. Georgia also made seven more free throws than the Vols.

Guard Jordan Bowden leads Tennessee in scoring (11.8 ppg) followed by forward John Fulkerson (11.1 ppg). Bowden is the team’s top 3-point shooting threat with 27 made 3-point shots. 6-foot-6 Josiah-Jordan James is the team’s top rebounder (5.9 rpg). Tennessee is 13th in the SEC in scoring offense (66.3 ppg) and second in the league in scoring defense (60.6 ppg). The Vols are 13th in the league in 3-point shooting accuracy (31.0%) and 13th in the conference in field goal shooting (41.9%). The Vols are also second in the conference in blocked shots (5.8 bpg) and are tied with Georgia for first assists (15.0 apg).

Vanderbilt (8-8, 0-3 SEC) was defeated by Arkansas 75-55 on Wednesday in Fayetteville. Vanderbilt, the heavy underdogs, competed well early and even led 17-14 with 11:18 remaining in the half on a Dylan Disu dunk. However, Arkansas re-took the lead at 18-17 with 9:52 remaining in the first half. In the latter part of the first half the Razorbacks would lead by as much as nine before heading to halftime on top 34-28. In the second half with 16:07 remaining the Hog lead reached double digits at 43-33 after back-to-back made 3-point shots by Isaiah Joe. Vanderbilt repeatedly left the area around the basket wide open for easy layups and dunks by the Razorbacks. Offensively, the Commodore’s conditioning appeared questionable as shooting accuracy dropped off significantly in the second half. Guard Saben Lee led Vandy in scoring with 17 points. Arkansas guard Jimmy Whitt Jr. led all scorers with 30 points. Whitt was the main beneficiary of Vandy’s pathetic defense inside as all but two of his points came from field goals. Vandy hit just 12 of 22 free throws (54.5%). The Hogs were even worse from the line making just 8 of 15 (53.3%). Both teams struggled from 3-point range making 25% (5 for 20) each.

Vanderbilt recently lost its 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 (15.8 ppg). Freshman guard Scotty Pippen Jr is the team’s second leading scorer (10.8 ppg).

The Commodores are tied at 12th with Georgia in scoring defense allowing 73.2 points a contest. Vandy is fifth in the league in scoring (75.9 ppg). The Commodores shoot well from the 3-point range (1st, 36.6%) and field goal range (4th, 45.8%). Vandy is 13th in the league in rebounding margin (-1.2) but a better sixth in turnover margin (+0.8) and assist to turnover ratio (6th, 1.0). 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 rivalry game. Vandy is thin losing its top scorer and best big man. Depth is also an issue along with conditioning. Vanderbilt looked gassed against Arkansas in the second half and couldn’t throw it in the ocean. Tennessee probably wins this game. They are deeper and better coached.

Tennessee-Vanderbilt Prediction

Tennessee 78, Vanderbilt 72


Saturday‘s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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