Vanderbilt Opponent Preview: Western Michigan

The 7-4 Vanderbilt Commodores host 5-6 Western Michigan on Wednesday at Memorial Gym. Here is your preview of the Broncos.

Western Michigan, of the Mid-American Conference, has had a rough season so far.  The Broncos got off to a 1-2 start with close losses at DePaul and UNC-Wilmington and a home win over San Diego.   Most recently the Broncos fell  to Purdue University at Fort Wayne. An early December 1-point victory over Northeastern appears to be the Broncos best win.

Looking at the Broncos stats, 6-foot-6 guard/forward Tucker Haymond is the team's top scorer.  Six-foot-3 guard Thomas Wilder is also heavily relied on by Western Michigan for scoring.  Six-foot-8, 215 pound Kellen McCormick is providing nearly 10 points a game in a reserve role.    

McCormick is the Blazer's top 3-point shooting threat hitting over 55 percent of his attempts.  Wilder and another non-starter, guard Jared Klein, are also threats from beyond the arc.  Of the starters, six-foot-7 senior forward Anthony Avery Jr. is the Broncos top threat from the field. 

On the boards, both Haymond and Avery Jr., are the most active. Wilder leads the team in assists and steals. 

Looking at the Vandy-Western Michigan stats comparison, the Commodores have a better scoring defense and a narrow advantage in all shooting categories. The Broncos have the edge in steals while Vandy has blocked far more shots and has a stronger RPI.  

This is a game that Vanderbilt should win easily. If the Dores lose there are serious issues with this 2015-16 Commodore basketball squad. 

Wednesday's game tips off at 8 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network.

For and Scout, this is Don Yates.

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