SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Kentucky-Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt plays at Kentucky on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Vanderbilt 0.455 0.337 0.715 157 564 192 72 68 178
Vanderbilt OPP 0.407 0.322 0.683 155 500 158 88 43 170
Kentucky 0.491 0.352 0.759 167 533 205 96 77 193
Kentucky OPP 0.429 0.388 0.708 124 401 169 80 35 214

NCAA RPI

Vanderbilt: 71
Kentucky: 11

Vanderbilt Roster

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NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Saben Lee G 6′-2″ 183 SO Phoenix, AZ
#1 Yanni Wetzell F 6′-10″ 240 JR Auckland, NZ
#2 Joe Toye G 6′-7″ 210 SR Chicago, IL
#3 Maxwell Evans G 6′-2″ 192 SO Houston, TX
#10 Darius Garland G 6′-2″ 175 FR Nashville, TN
#11 Simisola Shittu F 6′-10″ 240 FR Burlington, ON
#13 Matthew Moyer F 6′-8″ 217 SO Gahanna, OH
#14 Isaiah Rice G 5′-11″ 195 SO Indianapolis, IN
#15 Clevon Brown F 6′-8″ 240 JR San Antonio, TX
#24 Aaron Nesmith F 6′-6″ 213 FR Charleston, SC
#30 Mac Hunt G 6′-6″ 182 FR Chattanooga, TN
#32 Matt Ryan F 6′-8″ 209 JR Cortlandt Manor, NY
#50 Ejike Obinna F 6′-10″ 234 SO Enugu, Nigeria

Kentucky Roster

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NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

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DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs Winthrop W 92-79
Nov 11 at USC W 82-78
Nov 16 vs Alcorn State W 79-54
Nov 19 vs Liberty W 79-70
Nov 23 vs Kent State L 77-75
Nov 27 vs Savannah State W 120-85
Dec 1* at NC State L 80-65
Dec 5 vs Mid Tennessee W 79-51
Dec 17 vs Arizona State W 81-65
Dec 22* at Kansas State L 69-58
Dec 29 vs Tennessee St W 95-76
Dec 31 vs UNC Asheville W 90-59
Jan 5 vs Ole Miss L 81-71
Jan 9 at Georgia L 82-63
Jan 12 at Kentucky
Jan 16 vs South Carolina
Jan 19 vs Mississippi State
Jan 23 vs Tennessee
Jan 26 at Oklahoma
Jan 29 vs Kentucky
Feb 2 at Missouri
Feb 5 at Arkansas
Feb 9 vs Alabama
Feb 13 at Florida
Feb 16 vs Auburn
Feb 19 at Tennessee
Feb 23 at Alabama
Feb 27 vs Florida
Mar 2 at Texas A&M
Mar 6 vs Arkansas
Mar 9 at LSU

Kentucky Schedule/Results

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DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
Nov 9 vs S Illinois W 71-59
Nov 14 vs North Dakota W 96-58
Nov 18 vs VMI W 92-82
Nov 21 vs Winthrop W 87-74
Nov 23 vs Tennessee St W 77-62
Nov 28 vs Monmouth W 90-44
Dec 1 vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
Dec 15 vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
Dec 29 at Louisville W 71-58
Jan 5 at Alabama L 77-75
Jan 8 vs Texas A&M W 85-74
Jan 12 vs Vanderbilt
Jan 15 at Georgia
Jan 19 at Auburn
Jan 22 vs Mississippi State
Jan 26 vs Kansas
Jan 29 at Vanderbilt
Feb 2 at Florida
Feb 5 vs South Carolina
Feb 9 at Mississippi State
Feb 12 vs LSU
Feb 16 vs Tennessee
Feb 19 at Missouri
Feb 23 vs Auburn
Feb 26 vs Arkansas
Mar 2 at Tennessee
Mar 5 at Ole Miss
Mar 9 vs Florida

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Prediction

Both Vanderbilt and Kentucky are struggling as they head into this game, but they are struggling on different levels of pain and misery. Kentucky’s struggles belong to a team which is trying to get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are currently in the 4-5 seed range as a preliminary measure of their quality. They hope to become a 2 or 3 seed. Yet, based on their sluggish performances, the Wildcats look like a team which will absorb several more losses in the SEC, too many to reach their intended goals. Compared to Vanderbilt, however, Kentucky is enjoying a smooth season. The Darius Garland injury has gummed up the works for the Commodores, but even without Garland, an 0-2 start against Ole Miss and Georgia is a disappointment. Now VU goes to Rupp Arena? It will not end well for Vanderbilt. Kentucky 80, Vanderbilt 70. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 7:30 PM CT (8:30 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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