SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Tennessee-Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt plays at Tennessee on Tuesday 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 0.433 0.328 0.686 247 910 300 115 103 351
Vanderbilt OPP 0.425 0.330 0.725 259 882 295 158 89 285
Tennessee 0.510 0.363 0.767 254 941 489 145 142 281
Tennessee OPP 0.397 0.334 0.636 303 848 311 151 61 342

Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee 13.1 96 120 16
Simi Shittu 11.5 105 76 1
Aaron Nesmith 11.4 89 62 46
Matt Ryan 8.8 71 24 55
Joe Toye 8.1 67 36 33
Yanni Wetzell 5.2 46 33 6
Maxwell Evans 3.9 30 23 10
Matthew Moyer 3.7 26 23 9
Clevon Brown 3.3 34 13 2

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Simi Shittu 42 127 169 6.8
Aaron Nesmith 29 121 150 6.0
Saben Lee 11 76 87 3.5
Yanni Wetzell 21 61 82 3.3
Joe Toye 21 56 77 3.1
Matt Ryan 12 59 71 2.8
Clevon Brown 31 34 65 2.6
Matthew Moyer 30 34 64 2.8
Maxwell Evans 12 27 39 1.6
Darius Garland 2 17 19 3.8

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Grant Williams 19.3 157 157 11
Admiral Schofield 16.7 166 40 46
Jordan Bone 13.4 127 52 29
Jordan Bowden 11.1 88 57 34
Kyle Alexander 8.4 84 39 2
John Fulkerson 3.7 31 26 0
Yves Pons 3.0 30 6 7
Jalen Johnson 1.8 11 2 8
Derrick Walker 1.1 9 5 0

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Grant Williams 51 135 186 7.4
Kyle Alexander 63 106 169 6.8
Admiral Schofield 29 131 160 6.4
Jordan Bowden 16 62 78 3.3
Jordan Bone 12 65 77 3.1
John Fulkerson 24 40 64 2.7
Yves Pons 16 36 52 2.2
Lamonte Turner 4 33 37 2.3
Derrick Walker 7 18 25 1.2
Jalen Johnson 5 11 16 0.9
Lucas Campbell 0 3 3 0.5
Brock Jancek 0 2 2 0.3
Jacob Fleschman 0 1 1 0.2
Brad Woodson 0 1 1 0.3

NCAA RPI

Vanderbilt: 130
Tennessee: 6

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

Tennessee Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Jordan Bone G 6′-3″ 174 JR Nashville, TN
#1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 195 JR Florence, AL
#2 Grant Williams F 6′-7″ 236 JR Charlotte, NC
#4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 170 SO Austin, TX
#5 Admiral Schofield G 6′-6″ 241 SR Zion, IL
#10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 197 SO Kingsport, TN
#11 Kyle Alexander F 6′-11″ 215 SR Milton, ON
#12 Brad Woodson G 6′-1″ 177 SR Murfreesboro, TN
#13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 187 SO Durham, NC
#15 Derrick Walker F 6′-8″ 236 SO Kansas City, MO
#23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 JR Knoxville, TN
#24 Lucas Campbell G 6′-4″ 185 SR Knoxville, TN
#32 D.J. Burns F 6′-9″ 272 FR Rock Hill, SC
#33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 225 SO Magnolia, DE
#34 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 212 FR Knoxville, TN
#35 Yves Pons F 6′-6″ 209 SO Fuveau, France

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

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 L 56-47
Jan 16 vs South Carolina L 74-71
Jan 19 vs Mississippi State L 71-55
Jan 23 vs Tennessee L 88-83 (OT)
Jan 26 at Oklahoma L 86-55
Jan 29 vs Kentucky L 87-52
Feb 2 at Missouri L 77-67
Feb 5 at Arkansas L 69-66
Feb 9 vs Alabama L 77-67
Feb 13 at Florida L 66-57
Feb 16 vs Auburn L 64-53
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

Tennessee Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs Lenoir Rhyne W 86-41
Nov 9 vs Louisiana W 87-65
Nov 13 vs Georgia Tech W 66-53
Nov 21* at Louisville W 92-81
Nov 23* vs Kansas L 87-81
Nov 28 vs E Kentucky W 95-67
Dec 2 vs Texas A&M-CC W 79-51
Dec 9* vs Gonzaga W 76-73
Dec 15 at Memphis W 102-92
Dec 19 vs Samford W 83-70
Dec 22 vs Wake Forest W 83-64
Dec 29 vs Tenn Tech W 96-53
Jan 5 vs Georgia W 96-50
Jan 8 at Missouri W 87-63
Jan 12 at Florida W 78-67
Jan 15 vs Arkansas W 106-87
Jan 19 vs Alabama W 71-68
Jan 23 at Vanderbilt W 88-83 (OT)
Jan 26 vs West Virginia W 83-66
Jan 29 at South Carolina W 92-70
Feb 2 at Texas A&M W 93-76
Feb 5 vs Missouri W 72-60
Feb 9 vs Florida W 73-61
Feb 13 vs South Carolina W 85-73
Feb 16 at Kentucky L 86-69
Feb 19 vs Vanderbilt
Feb 23 at LSU
Feb 27 at Ole Miss
Mar 2 vs Kentucky
Mar 5 vs Mississippi State
Mar 9 at Auburn

Vanderbilt-Tennessee Prediction

The Tennessee Volunteers did not play the toughest part of their SEC schedule in January and the first half of February. Everyone knew this. Everyone could see this. Moreover, Kentucky had just lost to LSU, making Saturday’s game against the Volunteers that much more important for the Wildcats. It was a situation in which the Vols were set up to fail, and they got drilled. It was all very predictable. Now, though, comes the truly uncertain phase of the Vols’ season: Will that loss to Kentucky wake them up and show them that they have to work much harder in order to become SEC champions and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, or will the Big Orange get rattled by their experience in Rupp Arena? We can wrestle with this question and yet acknowledge Vanderbilt isn’t the true test of it. Tennessee 82, Vanderbilt 64.

(Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). TV: ESPN.

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