Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball Preview: Auburn Tigers

The struggling 8-7 Vanderbilt Commodores host Auburn on Tuesday night at Memorial Gym. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Tigers.

Auburn has struggled much like Vanderbilt although the Tigers weren't a preseason top 25 pick.  7-7 Auburn started its season winning four out of its first five games but are just 3 and 6 since that opening stretch. The Tigers best win appears to be their recent victory over Tennessee, the school where Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl previously coached.  

Looking at the Auburn statistical leaders, the Tigers have five players that average in double figures.  Six-foot-1 guard Kareem Canty leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging nearly 19 points a game. Canty had 20 points in Auburn victory over the Vols. Forward Tyler Harris, guard T.J. Dunans, guard Bryce Brown and forward Cinmeon Bowers also average in double digits.

Canty is a guy the Commodores have to guard close. He's made over 50 treys so far this season while making over 40 percent of his attempts.  Auburn has five other players that are dangers from beyond the arc.  Harris is the team's best shooter from field goal range. 

Other statistical leaders for Auburn include 6-foot-10 Harris and 6-foot-7 Bowers who lead in rebounds. Canty has nearly 80 assists while Dunans leads the team in steals.   

Looking at the Vandy-Auburn stats comparison, the two teams are about the same in points scored per game.   Vanderbilt has a significant edge in points allowed per game but lately the Dores have given up a lot of points.  Vandy has considerably more assists while the Tigers have more steals.  Vandy's RPI is stronger.  

This is a game Vanderbilt should win but the team has to play solid defense. Auburn is one best in the SEC at shooting threes so that must be checked.  The Tigers are also the worst in the conference at turning the ball over so Vandy needs to exploit this weakness. 

Tuesday night's game tips off at 8 pm central time and can be seen on ESPNU.  

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates. 


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