SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Auburn

Vanderbilt-Auburn

Vanderbilt visits Auburn 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 Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Vanderbilt 0.469 0.383 0.669 130 452 184 101 58 175
Vanderbilt OPP 0.449 0.370 0.723 125 444 162 79 31 200
Auburn 0.462 0.322 0.657 180 550 188 94 83 173
Auburn OPP 0.397 0.287 0.692 152 466 131 91 33 195

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Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Aaron Nesmith 23.4 98 52 56
Saben Lee 15.8 73 44 15
Scotty Pippen Jr. 11.3 42 50 13
Maxwell Evans 7.1 33 13 13
Dylan Disu 5.8 24 11 17
Jordan Wright 3.4 17 7 3
Ejike Obinna 3.3 16 8 0
Matthew Moyer 2.3 11 5 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu 15 59 74 5.7
Aaron Nesmith 10 51 61 4.7
Saben Lee 9 44 53 4.1
Ejike Obinna 16 22 38 3.2
Scotty Pippen Jr. 9 32 41 3.2
Maxwell Evans 10 30 40 3.1
Matthew Moyer 6 22 28 2.2
Jordan Wright 10 10 20 1.5

Auburn Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Samir Doughty 16.3 65 57 25
Isaac Okoro 12.8 65 32 5
J’Von McCormick 12.0 59 18 20
Austin Wiley 10.8 45 50 0
Danjel Purifoy 9.6 41 21 22
Anfernee McLemore 6.9 31 16 12
Jamal Johnson 5.5 20 13 18
Devan Cambridge 3.7 19 3 7
Allen Flanigan 2.9 17 3 1

Auburn Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Austin Wiley 39 80 119 9.2
Danjel Purifoy 20 48 68 5.2
Isaac Okoro 27 35 62 4.8
J’Von McCormick 16 38 54 4.2
Anfernee McLemore 13 40 53 4.1
Samir Doughty 12 40 52 4.0
Allen Flanigan 10 18 28 2.2
Jamal Johnson 7 16 23 1.8
Devan Cambridge 7 15 22 1.7

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Auburn Arena
Auburn Arena

NCAA RPI

Vanderbilt: 123

Auburn: 6

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

Auburn Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Tyrell Jones G 6′-1″ 170 FR Chicago, IL
1 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 195 SO Birmingham, AL
2 Jaylin Williams F 6′-7″ 230 FR Nahunta, GA
3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 SR Centreville, AL
4 Javon Franklin F 6′-7″ 218 SO Little Rock, AR
5 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 185 SR New Orleans, LA
10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 SR Philadelphia, PA
12 Lior Berman G 6′-4″ 205 FR Birmingham, AL
13 Babatunde Akingbola C 6′-10″ 236 FR Ogun, Nigeria
14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 200 SO Auburn, AL
20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 SO Madison, AL
21 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 SR Birmingham, AL
22 Allen Flanigan G 6′-5″ 200 FR Little Rock, AR
23 Isaac Okoro F 6′-6″ 225 FR Powder Springs, GA
24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 SR Warwick, GA
33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 175 SO Lakewood Ranch, FL
35 Devan Cambridge G 6′-6″ 190 FR Nashville, TN
50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 SR Hoover, AL
54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 SR Birmingham, AL

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Scouting Report


Auburn (13-0, 1-0 SEC) opened its 2019-20 SEC schedule with an 80-68 road win over Mississippi State. Senior guard J’Von McCormick led the Tigers in scoring with 28 points. State took an 18-9 lead midway through the first half but Auburn would go on to lead at halftime 29-24. In the second half MSU pulled to within 2 points of Auburn twice but the Tigers would slowly build a larger and larger lead to coast to the win. Bruce Pearl has quickly built Auburn into a contender. The Tigers are currently second in the league in scoring offense (82.0 ppg) and No. 1 on the SEC in scoring margin (+16.2). The Tigers also shine in the SEC in rebounding offense (1st, 42.2 rpg), 3-point shooting defense (3rd, 28.7%), and blocked shots (1st, 6.4 bpg). Auburn’s one glaring weakness is at the free throw line where the Tigers make just 65.7%.

Vanderbilt (8-5, 0-0 SEC) played its final pre-conference game on Saturday falling to SMU 92-81 in Nashville. That was tied at 40 at halftime. Vandy seemingly had taken control of the game with 5 minutes remaining leading 72-62. SMU, however, cut the Vandy lead to 75-69 with 49 seconds remaining. The Mustangs then tied the game on a late three to force overtime. The Mustangs the won the overtime period 13-4. Vanderbilt is the best 3-point shooting team in the SEC hitting on 38.3 percent of shots. Vanderbilt forward Aaron Nesmith is the leading scorer in the SEC (23.4 ppg). He is also the most accurate from 3-point range in the league hitting on 51.4% of his attempts. The 6-foot-6 sophomore has made 56 3-point shots this season. Vandy has four other players that have made at least 10 three pointers. Vandy’s weakness is defense. The Commodores are 12th in the league in scoring defense allowing 72.6 points a game. Vanderbilt ranks last in the SEC in both 3-point defense (37%) and field goal defense (45%).

Auburn should be the clear favorite especially playing at home. Vandy looks a little improved over last season but they are a couple years from beating a team like Auburn.

Vanderbilt-Auburn Prediction

Auburn 84, Vanderbilt 67


Wednesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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