Vanderbilt, fresh off his first Southeastern Conference win this season, travels to Texas A&M to face the Aggies in College Station on Wednesday night.
The Commodores (5-8, 1-6 SEC) led South Carolina 37:30 in a 93-81 fight on Saturday, the closest final for the Gamecocks’ 13-0 streak in the last 2: 59. Vanderbilt found his third scorer badly needed when Maxwell Evans scored 29 points, his best mark of the season.
Elsewhere, Vandy has been led by Scotty Pippen Jr. (21.7 points per game, 5.5 assists) and Dylan Disu (14 points, 8.3 rebounds), who were excellent on Saturday. Pippen scored 23, while Disu added 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy on the defensive end, and that led to some early opportunities in the transition,” Commodores coach Jerry Stackhouse said after Saturday’s game. “… It was all because of how we started on the defensive end and how we recovered.”
The Aggies had their own performance to celebrate after a 68-61 win at Kansas State on Saturday. Four A&M players scored in double figures, with Savion Flagg and Jay Jay Chandler each contributing 14 points.
Now, the Aggies (8-7, 2-6) are looking to put together a winning streak, something that hasn’t happened since A&M defeated Southeastern Louisiana and Wofford on December 15 and 21, respectively.
However, Aggies coach Buzz Williams said he saw an offensive improvement two games ago in a 78-66 loss to LSU and felt that held true in Manhattan, Kansas.
“We haven’t had consistency in practice, so we haven’t had consistency in games,” Williams said. “For whatever reason, our pre-LSU internships (Jan 26) … we were working six days in a row. I don’t know exactly why, but we further narrowed our focus on both ends of the floor, which changed the itinerary a bit more. of practice.
“I thought there was a lot more consistency on Sunday and Monday, so we were a lot better on Tuesday. We were able to pick up where we left off Tuesday night. That’s the first time this has happened this year.”
Wednesday’s showdown will be a contrast of styles.
Vanderbilt had 21 fast break points against South Carolina, many of them with Evans and Pippen coming out in transition. The Aggies scored just two fast break points and allowed just two against Kansas State.
Saturday’s 68 points were the most A&M had scored since scoring 70 against Wofford on Dec. 21.
A key for the Aggies will be getting top scorer Emanuel Miller more involved (14.8 points per game). Miller had 12 points against Kansas State, but only two in 14 minutes against LSU the previous game due to four fouls.
Pippen’s score is a constant for Vanderbilt. He’s scored at least 15 points in all but one game (an 84-41 blowout from Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 13), but it’s often his ball handling that matters most.
In the Commodores’ 78-71 loss at Florida on Jan. 27, Pippen scored 32 but had six assists and six turnovers. In Saturday’s victory, Pippen had seven assists from turnovers, the best ratio of the season.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.