SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at South Carolina

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Vanderbilt visits South Carolina 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
Vanderbilt 0.437 0.338 0.683 171 599 226 134 74 242
Vanderbilt OPP 0.460 0.346 0.716 178 646 229 104 55 270
South Carolina 0.430 0.307 0.606 225 671 250 140 78 245
South Carolina OPP 0.389 0.308 0.731 176 623 209 103 66 276

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Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 23.0 105 52 60
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 15.9 98 70 20
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11.0 54 73 17
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 7.2 46 20 18
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 6.4 38 17 23
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 4.0 25 19 3
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 3.7 27 9 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 1.9 12 7 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 19 83 102 5.7
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 11 57 68 4.9
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 15 48 63 3.5
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 26 34 60 3.5
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 9 49 58 3.2
Clevon Brown Vanderbilt 22 32 54 6.0
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11 42 53 2.9
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 16 25 41 2.3
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 7 25 32 1.8
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 3 6 9 0.9
Braelee Albert Vanderbilt 4 3 7 1.2
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 2 2 0.7

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson South Carolina 13.7 78 59 31
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 10.9 69 26 21
Jair Bolden South Carolina 9.7 62 15 26
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 9.6 75 23 0
Justin Minaya South Carolina 7.8 49 26 16
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 5.2 35 18 0
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 3.3 20 9 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 2.9 19 5 7
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 2.2 14 9 0

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 41 75 116 6.4
Justin Minaya South Carolina 33 75 108 6.0
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 32 34 66 3.9
AJ Lawson South Carolina 7 50 57 3.2
Jair Bolden South Carolina 5 46 51 3.0
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 14 36 50 2.9
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 19 25 44 2.6
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 13 23 36 2.4
Keyshawn Bryant South Carolina 12 12 24 2.7
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 7 17 24 1.8
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 19 21 1.2
Micaiah Henry South Carolina 2 4 6 1.2
Nathan Nelson South Carolina 2 0 2 0.3
Mike Green South Carolina 0 1 1 0.3

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NCAA RPI

Vanderbilt: 145

South Carolina: 101

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

South Carolina Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 178 SO Toronto, ON
1 T.J. Moss G 6′-4″ 195 FR Memphis, TN
2 Trey Anderson F 6′-6″ 203 FR San Diego, CA
4 Jalyn McCreary F 6′-7″ 225 FR Marietta, GA
5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 211 FR East Chicago, IN
10 Justin Minaya F 6′-6″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
12 Trae Hannibal G 6′-2″ 217 FR Hartsville, SC
13 Micaiah Henry F 6′-9″ 235 SR Decatur, GA
14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-6″ 189 SO Murfreesboro, TN
15 Wildens Leveque F 6′-11″ 230 FR Brockton, MA
20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-7″ 260 SO Jersey City, NJ
21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 270 SR Tallinn, Estonia
23 Mike Green G 6′-1″ 188 FR Myrtle Beach, SC
24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-5″ 197 SO Winter Haven, FL
25 Seventh Woods G 6′-2″ 189 SR Columbia, SC
52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 215 JR Brooklyn, NY

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Scouting Report


Vanderbilt (8-10, 0-5 SEC) fell to Alabama 77-62 on Wednesday night in Nashville. In that game the Tide jumped out to a 28-17 lead with 7:00 to go in the first half. Vandy battled back and cut the lead to 37-31 at the half. Alabama opened the second half with an 18-6 run that gave the Crimson Tide a 57-37 lead with 10:19 remaining in the game. Alabama would cruise on to victory. John Petty Jr. led Alabama in scoring with 23 points. Petty hit 5 of 10 from 3-point range. All five of his 3-point makes were made in the first half. Freshman forward Dylan Disu led the Commodores with 21 points. Alabama out-shot Vandy 46%-31% from the field and 34.5%-19% from 3-point range. 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 5.7 rpg. For the season Vandy is shooting 43.7% from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 68.3% from the free throw line.

South Carolina (10-8, 2-3 SEC) most recently lost at Auburn 80-67 on Wednesday in Auburn. In that game the Gamecocks led most of the first half before Auburn pulled ahead 18-17 with 7:45 remaining in the first half. The Tigers held a 39-31 lead at the half. In the second half the Gamecocks narrowed the lead to 48-47 with 14:45 remaining but could never re-take the lead. Freshman guard Devan Cambridge led the Tigers in scoring with 26 points. Cambridge made 6 of 9 three pointers in 21 minutes of play time. Jermaine Couisnard, another freshman guard, was South Carolina’s leading scorer with 16 points. Freshman guard Devan Cambridge led the Tigers in scoring with 26 points. Cambridge made 6 of 9 three pointers in 21 minutes of play time. Jermaine Couisnard, another freshman guard, was South Carolina’s leading scorer with 16 points. Auburn out-shot the Gamecocks from 3-point range 37% to 28% and made four more threes than USC. The Gamecocks took only nine free throws during the game, making three. Meanwhile, Auburn was 18 of 21 from the line.

AJ Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring averaging 13.7 points per game. Maik Kotsar pulls down a team leading 6.4 rebounds a game. South Carolina as a team averages 69.7 points per game while allowing opponents 66.9 point per contest. For the season, Carolina is making 43% from the field, 30.7% from the line and 60.6% from the line.

South Carolina should the the clear favorite here. This Vanderbilt team is one of the worst teams in SEC basketball history. Even with Nesmith they were likely to win no more than 2 or 3 games in the SEC. Now without him they are looking at a possible zero wins in the league, for the second straight season, which is sad for this once proud program.

Vanderbilt-South Carolina Prediction

South Carolina 77, Vanderbilt 64


Saturday’s game tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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