SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt

TAMU-Vanderbilt

Texas A&M 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
Texas A&M 0.388 0.234 0.681 122 457 138 86 50 195
Texas A&M OPP 0.381 0.289 0.695 141 459 168 89 32 182
Vanderbilt 0.471 0.393 0.670 135 480 194 106 62 184
Vanderbilt OPP 0.448 0.361 0.725 139 483 172 81 35 208

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Statistical Leaders

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Josh Nebo 11.8 49 43 0
Savion Flagg 11.1 53 19 19
Wendell Mitchell 7.7 30 26 14
Jay Jay Chandler 6.9 24 30 12
Andre Gordon 6.7 30 8 6
Quenton Jackson 6.0 22 28 6
Emanuel Miller 4.4 23 11 0
Mark French 2.2 9 5 5
Yavuz Gultekin 1.9 7 5 0
Jonathan Aku 1.5 8 4 0

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Josh Nebo 35 59 94 7.8
Emanuel Miller 21 57 78 6.0
Savion Flagg 17 44 61 4.7
Wendell Mitchell 3 38 41 3.2
Quenton Jackson 6 29 35 2.7
Jonathan Aku 12 20 32 2.5
Jay Jay Chandler 6 26 32 2.5
Andre Gordon 4 22 26 2.4
Yavuz Gultekin 7 16 23 2.3
Mark French 1 11 12 0.9

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Aaron Nesmith 23.0 105 52 60
Saben Lee 16.6 83 48 18
Scotty Pippen Jr. 10.8 42 54 13
Maxwell Evans 7.1 35 15 14
Dylan Disu 6.0 26 13 19
Jordan Wright 3.9 20 11 3
Ejike Obinna 3.5 18 9 0
Matthew Moyer 2.1 11 5 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu 16 63 79 5.6
Aaron Nesmith 11 57 68 4.9
Clevon Brown 22 32 54 6.0
Saben Lee 9 44 53 3.8
Maxwell Evans 10 32 42 3.0
Scotty Pippen Jr. 9 33 42 3.0
Ejike Obinna 18 23 41 3.2
Matthew Moyer 6 24 30 2.1
Jordan Wright 11 16 27 1.9
Oton Jankovic 1 2 3 0.5
Braelee Albert 1 0 1 0.5

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NCAA RPI

Texas A&M: 157

Vanderbilt: 114

Texas A&M Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jay Jay Chandler G 6′-4″ 180 JR Katy, TX
1 Savion Flagg G 6′-7″ 223 JR Alvin, TX
2 TJ Starks G 6′-2″ 208 JR Dallas, TX
3 Quenton Jackson G 6′-5″ 171 JR Los Angeles, CA
5 Emanuel Miller F 6′-7″ 213 FR Scarborough, ON
10 Everett Vaughn F 6′-10″ 237 FR Bellaire, TX
11 Wendell Mitchell G 6′-3″ 183 SR Rockdale, TX
12 Mark French G 5′-8″ 162 SR Frisco, TX
13 Cashius McNeilly G 6′-4″ 191 FR Scarborough, ON
15 Jonathan Aku F 6′-10″ 245 FR McKinney , TX
20 Andre Gordon G 6′-2″ 185 FR Sidney, OH
21 Zach Walker G 6′-4″ 195 SO Deer Park, TX
25 Bakari Simmons F 6′-4″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
31 Luke McGhee F 6′-10″ 250 SO San Antonio, TX
32 Josh Nebo F 6′-9″ 245 SR Houston, TX
35 Yavuz Gultekin F 6′-7″ 201 FR Cumberland, MD

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


Texas A&M (7-6, 1-1 SEC) defeated Ole Miss 57-47 on Tuesday in College Station. The game was an epic defensive battle. With a little over 9 minutes remaining in the first half the score stood at just 11-11. From this point on to end of the half the Rebels would out-score the Aggies 18-8 to take a 29-19 lead to the locker room. However, the Aggies took a 34-32 lead on a jump shot by Wendell Mitchell with 12:11 remaining in the game. An Andre Gordon 3-pointer with 4:35 remaining in the game put A&M up by 10. The Aggies would go on to lead by as much as 13 points in the final minutes of the game. Both the Rebels (26%) and Aggies (18%) were terrible from 3-point range. The difference in this game was at the free throw line where A&M made 16 of 19 attempts (84%) to Ole Miss’ horrendous 4 of 7 attempts (57%). Forward Josh Nebo led the Aggies in scoring with 17. The 6-foot-9 Nebo was an impressive 5 of 5 from the field and 7 of 9 from the line.

Forward Josh Nebo leads the Aggies in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebound (7.8 rpg). Six-foot-7 guard Savion Flagg is the team’s second leading scorer (11.1). A&M’s biggest strength is its defense. The Aggies currently limit opponents to just 60.4 points a game. That’s third best in the SEC. Texas A&M is second in the conference in field goal defense (38.1%) and fourth in 3-point defense (29%). The Aggies, however, are last in the SEC in scoring offense scoring just 57.8 points a contest. They are 14th in the league in both field goal accuracy (38.8%) and and 3-point accuracy (23.4%). The Aggies rank at or near the bottom of the SEC in most of the other SEC statistical categories.

Vanderbilt (8-6, 0-1 SEC) fell to Auburn 83-79 on Wednesday night at Auburn. The two teams traded leads early but Auburn led at the half 42-38. In the second half the Tigers seemingly had the game under control with a 14-point lead with 7:59 remaining. However, four 3-pointers by Vandy in the final five minutes of play led to the game being tied at 79 with just under a minute to play. Auburn players hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final minute to escape with a win. Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee led all scorers with 27. He was 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Auburn’s Isaac Okoro paced the Tigers with 23. The key stats in this game were second chance points: Auburn 23, Vandy 0. The Tigers also out-rebounded Vandy 39-28. Vandy’s Aaron Nesmith was 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

Vandy’s Nesmith is the leading scorer in the SEC. He’s also the most accurate 3-point shooter in the conference hitting true on 52.2% of his attempts. Lee is the team’s second leading scorer (16.6 ppg).

Vandy is kind of the inverse of Texas A&M statistically. The Commodores are tied at 12th with Georgia in scoring defense allowing 73.4 points a contest. Although the Commodore struggle at stopping opponents from scoring, they do get steals and are fourth in the SEC in that stat category (7.6 spg). Vandy is fifth in the league in scoring (79.2 ppg). The Commodores shoot both well from the 3-point range (1st, 39.3%) and field goal range (2nd, 49.2%). Vandy is 13th in the league in rebounding margin (-0.2) but a better 3rd in turnover margin (+1.6) and assist to turnover ratio (5th, 1.1).

This game should be interesting with a tough defensive team playing a high scoring offensive team. Last week A&M was able to pull a win at home using their strong defense and home court advantage. This week it may be harder playing hot shooting Vandy on the road. Look for the Commodores to end their SEC losing streak on Saturday.

Texas A&M-Vanderbilt Prediction

Vanderbilt 73, Texas A&M 68


Saturday‘s game tips off at 3:30 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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