SEC foes will battle when the Vanderbilt Commodores (9-14, 1-9 SEC) square off with the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 SEC) at Memorial Gym. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The last time the Wildcats played, they beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 77-64. With 15 points and five rebounds, Tyrese Maxey had a good performance for Kentucky. The Wildcats, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.501, had a superb mark of 0.598 and had a free throw rate of 0.478 (above their season average of 0.339).
The Commodores are hoping for a better outcome after their 80-70 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in their last game. Saben Lee was Vanderbilt’s leading scorer with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Mississippi State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.575 (above their season average of 0.511). Vanderbilt, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (13.9 vs. 20.0).
The aggressive Vanderbilt offense seems poised to dominate from the foul line. The Commodores rank 35th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.280, while Kentucky ranks 174th in FTA rate allowed (0.222).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Wildcats won 71-62. The Wildcats played a flawless game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3 and a superb free throw rate of 0.286. The Commodores put up marks of 22.9 and 0.204, respectively, for those same stats. In the loss, Dylan Disu recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Kentucky Wildcats at Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Vanderbilt, ATS Winner – Vanderbilt, O/U – Over
Kentucky ranks 39th in assists allowed per game (10.7) while Vanderbilt ranks 165th (13.0).
The Commodores’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.4, up from 1.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.4 points per game (3.7 above their season average).