SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Kentucky-Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt visits Kentucky 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 0.432 0.328 0.676 182 630 235 140 76 252
Vanderbilt OPP 0.464 0.348 0.716 189 689 249 110 57 281
Kentucky 0.462 0.324 0.771 191 732 277 102 99 250
Kentucky OPP 0.389 0.286 0.666 196 612 212 96 57 240

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Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 15.9 103 77 20
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11.0 58 76 17
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 7.0 47 20 19
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 6.4 40 17 24
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 4.3 26 27 3
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 3.8 28 12 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 1.9 13 7 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 19 88 107 5.6
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 11 57 68 4.9
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 16 50 66 3.5
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 29 36 65 3.6
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 10 51 61 3.2
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11 45 56 2.9
Clevon Brown Vanderbilt 22 32 54 6.0
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 17 27 44 2.3
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 8 28 36 1.9
Braelee Albert Vanderbilt 6 3 9 1.3
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 3 6 9 0.8
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 3 3 0.8
Isaiah Rice Vanderbilt 1 0 1 0.2

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Nick Richards Kentucky 14.3 104 64 0
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 14.0 74 70 34
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 13.2 74 91 12
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 13.0 84 59 20
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 6.8 47 14 1
Nate Sestina Kentucky 6.7 35 22 15
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 5.4 42 15 3
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 3.3 23 10 4
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 2.4 14 6 4

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 53 101 154 8.1
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 24 63 87 5.4
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 5 76 81 4.3
Nate Sestina Kentucky 26 54 80 5.0
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 6 73 79 4.2
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 14 63 77 4.3
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 22 41 63 3.3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 8 26 34 2.1
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 14 17 31 1.7

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NCAA RPI

Vanderbilt: 163

Kentucky: 21

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

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 198 SO Cartersville, GA
1 Nate Sestina F 6′-9″ 234 SR Emporium, PA
2 Kahlil Whitney F 6′-6″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
3 Tyrese Maxey G 6′-3″ 198 FR Garland, TX
4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 247 JR Kingston, Jamaica
5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 188 SO Havre De Grace, MD
10 Johnny Juzang G 6′-6″ 214 FR Los Angeles, CA
11 Dontaie Allen G 6′-6″ 200 FR Falmouth, KY
12 Keion Brooks Jr. F 6′-7″ 205 FR Fort Wayne, IN
13 Riley Welch G 6′-0″ 185 JR Littleton, CO
14 Brennan Canada F 6′-6″ 198 FR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 235 FR Lexington, KY
23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 228 SO Fort Pierce, FL
33 Ben Jordan F 6′-9″ 250 SO Olive Hill, KY

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Scouting Report


Vanderbilt (8-11, 0-6 SEC) fell to South Carolina 90-64 on Saturday in Columbia. Vandy led for most of the first couple minutes of the game but with 17:38 remaining in the first half USC took a 7-6 edge. The Gamecocks, who would never trail again game, took a 45-35 lead into halftime. The lead hit 20 at 71-51 with 7:25 remaining. With 2:53 left the Gamecocks went ahead by 25 at 83-58. The Gamecocks showed little basketball chivalry, launching a three in the final minute for a rare eclipse of 90 points. At least the USC starters were out of the game by that time.

Aaron Nesmith (23 ppg) is the Commodore’s and SEC’s leading scorer, however, he is out for the season with an injury. In his absence Saben Lee (15.9 ppg) has taken over that role. Freshman forward Dylan Disu leads Vandy in rebounding 5.6 rpg. For the season Vandy is shooting 43.2% from the field, 32.8% from 3-point range and 67.6% from the free throw line. Vandy is eighth in the SEC in scoring averaging 72.9 points a game. The Commodores are 12th in the SEC in scoring defense allowing 73.9 point per contest. Vandy is dead last in field goal percentage defense (46.4%) and last in 3-point shooting defense (34.8%).

Kentucky (15-4, 5-1 SEC) defeated Texas Tech 76-74 on Saturday in Lubbock. The game was close in the first half with the two team trading the lead several times. Kentucky led 36-34 at the half. In the second half UK led by as much as 10 points but in the final minutes of regulation the Red Raiders pulled the score closer. Tech eventually tied the score at 63 with 2:40 left in regulation. UK held a 64-63 lead with 28 seconds to play but a Tech free throw tied the game at 64 and game headed to overtime. UK built a 6-point lead with 3:21 remaining in the overtime period but Tech battled back to tie the score at 74 with 31 seconds to play. Two Nick Richards free throws put the Wildcats on top 76-74. A late defensive play by Ashton Hagans prevented the Aggies from tying the game again.

UK is averaging 75.7 points per game so far this season and allow 65.2 points a contest. Nick Richards leads the Cats in both scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg). The other players also average at least 13 points a game including Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey. Kentucky as a team is shooting 46.4% (2nd SEC) from the field, 32.4% (5th SEC) from 3-point range and 77.1% (2nd SEC) from the line.

Kentucky is the clear favorite in this game. This Vandy team is significantly behind all 13 other SEC teams in talent, experience, size and depth.

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 89, Vanderbilt 62


Wednesday‘s game tips off at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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