SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at LSU

LSU-Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt plays at LSU 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 0.422 0.314 0.678 303 1084 358 136 121 431
Vanderbilt OPP 0.428 0.341 0.720 311 1065 361 193 110 338
LSU 0.460 0.317 0.758 405 1162 390 280 133 400
LSU OPP 0.436 0.341 0.697 336 1022 336 197 90 461

Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee 12.4 112 126 21
Simi Shittu 11.4 129 82 1
Aaron Nesmith 11.3 108 66 56
Matt Ryan 8.3 75 24 58
Joe Toye 7.2 72 37 35
Yanni Wetzell 5.6 60 41 8
Matthew Moyer 3.9 33 31 11
Maxwell Evans 3.8 36 25 14
Clevon Brown 3.2 40 15 2

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Simi Shittu 50 154 204 6.8
Aaron Nesmith 33 139 172 5.7
Yanni Wetzell 33 74 107 3.6
Saben Lee 14 92 106 3.5
Matthew Moyer 36 47 83 3.0
Joe Toye 23 63 86 2.9
Clevon Brown 44 40 84 2.8
Matt Ryan 12 64 76 2.7
Maxwell Evans 12 30 42 1.4

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Tremont Waters 15.4 147 88 49
Skylar Mays 13.6 124 115 46
Naz Reid 13.3 145 86 24
Javonte Smart 11.5 118 70 39
Kavell Bigby-Williams 7.8 93 48 0
Emmitt Williams 7.2 76 56 1
Marlon Taylor 6.9 72 50 14
Darius Days 5.2 57 23 18

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Naz Reid 74 134 208 6.9
Kavell Bigby-Williams 80 109 189 6.3
Emmitt Williams 79 83 162 5.6
Darius Days 56 67 123 4.1
Marlon Taylor 42 67 109 3.6
Javonte Smart 15 84 99 3.3
Skylar Mays 12 84 96 3.2
Tremont Waters 9 71 80 2.9

NCAA RPI

Vanderbilt: 150
LSU: 13

Vanderbilt Roster

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
#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

LSU Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Naz Reid F 6′-10″ 240 FR Asbury Park, NJ
#1 Ja’vonte Smart G 6′-4″ 190 FR Baton Rouge, LA
#3 Tremont Waters G 5′-11″ 167 SO New Haven, CT
#4 Skylar Mays G 6′-4″ 200 JR Baton Rouge, LA
#5 Daryl Edwards G 6′-3″ 165 SR Fresno, CA
#11 Kavell Bigby-Williams F 6′-11″ 230 SR London, England
#12 Marshall Graves G 6′-2″ 185 JR Ponchatoula, LA
#13 Will Reese G 6′-4″ 190 SO Leesville, LA
#14 Marlon Taylor G 6′-6″ 210 JR Mount Vernon, NY
#15 Aundre Hyatt F 6′-7″ 215 FR Bronx, NY
#20 Danya Kingsby G 6′-1″ 165 JR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Courtese Cooper F 6′-9″ 205 SO Elgin, IL
#22 Darius Days F 6′-7″ 218 FR Gainesville, FL
#24 Emmitt Williams F 6′-7″ 215 FR Fort Myers, FL

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs Winthrop W 92-79
11-Nov at USC W 82-78
16-Nov vs Alcorn State W 79-54
19-Nov vs Liberty W 79-70
23-Nov vs Kent State L 77-75
27-Nov vs Savannah State W 120-85
Dec 1* at NC State L 80-65
5-Dec vs Mid Tennessee W 79-51
17-Dec vs Arizona State W 81-65
Dec 22* at Kansas State L 69-58
29-Dec vs Tennessee St W 95-76
31-Dec vs UNC Asheville W 90-59
5-Jan vs Ole Miss L 81-71
9-Jan at Georgia L 82-63
12-Jan at Kentucky L 56-47
16-Jan vs South Carolina L 74-71
19-Jan vs Mississippi State L 71-55
23-Jan vs Tennessee L 88-83 (OT)
26-Jan at Oklahoma L 86-55
29-Jan vs Kentucky L 87-52
2-Feb at Missouri L 77-67
5-Feb at Arkansas L 69-66
9-Feb vs Alabama L 77-67
13-Feb at Florida L 66-57
16-Feb vs Auburn L 64-53
19-Feb at Tennessee L 58-46
23-Feb at Alabama L 68-61
27-Feb vs Florida L 71-55
2-Mar at Texas A&M L 64-57
6-Mar vs Arkansas L 84-48
9-Mar at LSU

LSU Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs SE Louisiana W 94-63
9-Nov vs UNCG W 97-91
13-Nov vs Memphis W 85-76
16-Nov vs LA Tech W 74-67
Nov 22* vs Charleston W 67-55
Nov 23* vs Florida State L 79-76 OT
Nov 25* vs LSU L 90-77
1-Dec vs Grambling W 78-57
9-Dec vs Incarnate Word W 91-50
12-Dec at Houston L 82-76
Dec 15* at Saint Mary’s W 78-74
21-Dec vs Furman W 75-57
28-Dec vs UL Monroe W 81-69
8-Jan vs Alabama W 88-79
12-Jan at Arkansas W 94-88
15-Jan at Ole Miss W 83-69
19-Jan vs South Carolina W 89-67
23-Jan vs Georgia W 92-82
26-Jan at Missouri W 86-80
30-Jan at Texas A&M W 72-57
2-Feb vs Arkansas L 90-89
6-Feb at Mississippi State W 92-88
9-Feb vs Auburn W 83-78
12-Feb at Kentucky W 73-71
16-Feb at Georgia W 83-79
20-Feb vs Florida L 82-78
23-Feb vs Tennessee W 82-80 OT
26-Feb vs Texas A&M W 66-55
2-Mar at Alabama W 74-69
6-Mar at Florida W 79-78
9-Mar vs Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-LSU Prediction

Vanderbilt can’t shoot. Vanderbilt can’t score. Vanderbilt went winless in SEC play at Memorial Gym this season. Maybe if the Commodores had been able to host Georgia or Missouri, they might have been able to get an SEC win this year. That is not the case this Saturday. Vanderbilt merely has to visit the first-place team in the conference. Whereas Vanderbilt was winless at home, LSU has gone unbeaten on the road. The Tigers have been an incredibly strong and resilient team in overtime games and close games this season. They have answered every challenge and have received contributions throughout their roster. They have thrived under late-game pressure. They haven’t flinched when past LSU teams would have. Despite the distractions with Tiger head coach Will Wade being wire tapped by the FBI, revealing possible payments to players, LSU will win this game and clinch the SEC championship, plus the No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament. Later many of LSU’s wins this season could be vacated but vacated losses does nothing for Vandy. LSU 72, Vanderbilt 54. (Matt Zemek)

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

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