Vanderbilt Basketball Preview: Georgia

The Vanderbilt Commodores host Georgia on Saturday morning at Memorial Gym. Here is your preview of the Bulldogs.

Georgia is kind of like Vandy, close but no cigar. Just when they think they are on a roll, they get beat.  But both teams can take solace that they are still above .500 in the league and have the potential to make a strong end of season run.  This makes Saturdays game important for both squads. 

Six-foot-8 forward Yante Maten leads the Bulldogs in scoring.  In the Bulldogs recent home loss to Florida, Maten scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Three other Bulldogs average in double digits.

Georgia has four players hitting around 40 percent from three point range.  Guard Charles Mann is the most accurate of the four but guard Kenny Gaines has made many more threes than Mann.  Maten is the Bulldogs best shooter from the field.

Looking at some of the statistical leaders in non-scoring stats, Maten leads Georgia in rebounding and blocked shots.  Guard A.J. Frazier, the team's second leading scorer, has the most assists and steals.

Looking at the Vandy-Georgia stat comparison, the Commodores score more points, are more accurate shooters, and block more shots.  Georgia gets the edge in steals while Vandy has the stronger RPI.

This is a game Vanderbilt should win but we all know that this Vandy team is very unpredictable.  To win, the Commodores have to keep the Georgia 3-point shooting in check while shutting down Maten inside. 

Saturday's tips off at 11 am central time and can be seen on ESPN2.  

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