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Of the remaining matchups on the Commodore schedule, Auburn in Nashville currently presents itself as the second-most-winnable. First, it's at Memorial Gym, where the Commodores are undefeated on the season. Next, it's against Auburn, the team I recently ranked 11th in the latest SEC Basketball Power Poll. Ken Pomeroy gives Vandy a 94% likelihood of victory (88-69 with a tempo of 74). (The LSU game in Nashville over Valentine's Day Weekend currently rates as the most winnable game -- plan accordingly)
DeWayne Reed certainly qualifies as Auburn's biggest threat. He leads a 3 guard, 2 forward lineup that is perimeter heavy. As their 3-point shooting goes, so goes the team. Vanderbilt should have a tremendous advantage in the post, and Tiger fans should expect the Commodores to take advantage of that fact.
Considering that Vanderbilt has played a much more difficult schedule, the Commodores present a more formidable challenge to the Tigers relatively than vice versa. The Commodore offense will be the second most efficient of the ones Auburn has faced this season. Likewise, Vandy's defense will be the fourth toughest for Auburn. On the flip side, Auburn's offense will be the eleventh best and their defense will be the 14th best that the Commodores will have faced.
Auburn's key players look to be putting up some decent tempo-free numbers. Considering that four players average in double-figures, this isn't surprising, especially once you factor in the difference in strength of schedule. Despite this, Vanderbilt still holds the edge in personnel thanks to a very deep, talented bench.
Four Factors: Vandy holds an advantage in all four categories versus Auburn, despite the SOS disparity. Vandy's interior game should present itself again on the stat sheet in offensive rebound percentage and free throw rate.
Traditional Statistics - Auburn Tigers
|Larry Williams Jr||7||4.6||0.7||1.6||45.5||0.6||1.4||40.0||0.1||0.7||20.0||0.0||0.4||0.4||0.0||0.3||0.3||0.0||0.7||2.1|
With a victory over the Tigers, Vanderbilt would move to 4-0 in the SEC, a feat which hasn't been accomplished by the Commodores since the era of Clyde Lee: 1965-66.
Game Previews (Will Be Updated As Released By Sources)
Tipoff is set for 1230 pm CT and the game will be televised on the SEC Network (ESPN Full Court & ESPN360 as well). Join us in the game thread, which will open about an hour before the tip. Don't forget to stop by Stat King to make your selection for the Auburn game. Also, make sure to vote in the three polls we put up this week (here, here, and one below).