The Commodores travel to Milwaukee to play the 14th/13th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles in the Commodores' final road game of pre-conference portion of their regular season schedule. This will be Vanderbilt's final chance to lock in a marquee non-conference win. After all the injuries, turmoil, and mental letdowns this team has experienced to this point, a win tonight against a highly-regarded (and deservedly so) Golden Eagle squad could be the spark this team needs to get the season jumpstarted.
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To date, Vanderbilt has played 12 total games, 8 at home, 2 on neutral courts, and 2 on the road against an average KenPom rated opponent of 133.7. Marquette has played 12 total games, 6 at home, 4 on neutral courts, and 2 on the road, against an average rated D-I opponent of 153.7. Based on their performances to date, Kenpom rates Vanderbilt to be the third most efficient offensive and fifth most efficient defensive team that the Golden Eagles will have played. Marquette rates as the most efficient offensive team and the second most efficient defensive team that the Commodores will have played. Keep in mind that these KenPom numbers are still factor in preseason projections.
Based on previous opponents, Marquette most closely resembles Louisville, though they are much better offensively than the Cardinals but not as good defensively. Vanderbilt is closest to Wasington on Marquette's schedule, though the Commodores are better defensively.
Looking solely at the tempo free statistics, Vanderbilt has the edge at the starting positions. Marquette has the edge at the bench. Keep in mind that these statistics are not adjusted for the strength of the opponents and the location of games.
Four Factors: Vanderbilt is better at shooting and rebounding. Marquette has statistical edges in turnover percentage and getting to the free throw line. Prediction: Vanderbilt wins eFG% and FTRate.
Ken Pomeroy predicts a 80-68 Marquette win in a game with a tempo of 72. He rates Vanderbilt's win percentage at 16%.
Traditional Statistics -- Marquette Golden Eagles
Tipoff is scheduled for 2000 CT and the game will be available on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. Our open gamethread will go live two hours before tipoff. Also, don't forget to head over to Stat-King to submit your predictions for the game.