South Carolina comes to town looking for the regular season sweep while Vanderbilt looks to exact revenge for the Gamecocks OT win earlier this season in Columbia that saw them overcome a 14-point Commodore lead. South Carolina and Vanderbilt always seem to play close games, and seemingly split the regular season series year-in and year-out. Is another season split in the cards?
According to Kenpom, Vanderbilt is the 32nd ranked team overall while South Carolina is 103rd. Vanderbilt has played the more difficult schedule between the two, with the Commodores SOS at 36 and the Gamecocks SOS at 97.
Based on their performances to date, Vanderbilt will be the 4th best offensive team and seventh best defensive team the Gamecocks will have played. South Carolina will be the fifth best offensive team and the seventh best defensive team that the Commodores will have played.
With regard to the tempo free statistics (in gray above), Vanderbilt has the stronger starting 5. South Carolina has a minimal bench advantage, though these individual numbers are not adjusted for the quality of opponents.
Four Factors: Vanderbilt has a clear edge in eFG% and FTRate. South Carolina has a major OReb% advantage. Both teams are somewhat careless with the ball and share TO%. Prediction: Vanderbilt will win TO%, eFG%, and FTRate. South Carolina will win OReb%.
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Tipoff is scheduled for 1230 CT and the game will be televised on the SEC Network (Comcast ch. 14 or 236 HD), though the game will also be available on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com. Our open gamethread will go live about an hour before tipoff. Also, don't forget to head over to Stat-King to submit your predictions for the game.