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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