Vanderbilt Commodores Basketball Preview: Texas Longhorns

The Vanderbilt Commodores visit Texas on Saturday in Austin as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Here is your preview of the Longhorns.

Looking at the Texas schedule, the Longhorns have quality wins over North Carolina, Iowa State and a road win at West Virginia.  The one head scratcher is a road loss to TCU.  Most recently the Longhorns defeated the Horned Frogs in Austin.

Looking at the Texas stats leaders, the Longhorns have three players that average in double figures.  Point guard Isaiah Taylor leads the team in scoring. In the recent win over TCU Taylor scored just 6 points. The Longhorns have two players that average in double figures. One of them is big man Cameron Ridley who is out indefinitely with an injury.   

Like Vandy, the Longhorns like to shoot the three with 10 different players on the roster that have attempted threes.  Guard Javan Felix is the top shooter from beyond the arc.  Guard Eric Davis Jr. and 6-foot-10 forward Connor Lammert are also threats from 3-point range. Of the regular starters, Taylor is the top threat from the field. 

With Ridley out, Lammert is leading the Longhorns in rebounding.  Taylor is the top assist man for Texas. Six-foot-11 center Prince Ibeh leads the team in blocks.  

Looking at the Vandy-Texas stats comparison, a small edge for the Commodores in point scored and allowed. Vandy also is the better shooting team, has more rebounds, assists and blocks. Texas has more steals, turns the ball over less and has a stronger RPI.  

Vanderbilt can win this game but it's going to be difficult. The Longhorns are extremely solid at home with a 10-1 record.  Vandy is coming off an emotional high after getting their first resume applicable win.  This could be a trap game.  Vandy will need to be focused and play and shoot well to have a shot. 

Saturday's  game tips off at 11 am CT and can be seen on ESPN2.  

For and Scout, this is Don Yates. 

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