The Commodores come in with a 2-1 overall record but they were unable to come away with a quality win in their first chance of the year over the weekend. Vanderbilt will try to bounce back against an Austin Peay team that has yet to beat a D-I foe this season. Can the Commodores get back on the winning track against the Governors at home on Wednesday night?
Defense a major problem for Austin PeayAustin Peay dropped its second straight game on Saturday, falling to Tulsa 72-65 to fall to 0-2 on the road this season. Junior guard Terry Taylor scored 22 points while freshman Jordyn Adams added 15 for the Governors, who shot just 8-for-25 from deep and turned the ball over 17 times on the night.
Matt Figger’s squad comes into the week slotted at No. 218 in the latest KenPom rankings after winning just one of their first three games to start the season. Austin Peay has scored 100.8 points per 100 possessions (119th in the NCAA) despite shooting just 26.1 percent from long-range (297th in the NCAA) through three contests. Instead, they’ve been forced to rely on getting to the free-throw line and generating second-chance opportunities on the offense glass to stay in games. They come in with a free throw rate of 37.0 percent (94th in the NCAA) and an offensive rebounding rate of 35.4 percent (53rd in the NCAA).
Getting stops on defense has been a problem for Austin Peay so far this season. Through three games, the Governors have surrendered 104.8 points per 100 possessions (312th in the NCAA) and they rank outside the top-300 in almost every major defensive category. Austin Peay has allowed its opponents to sport an effective field goal percentage of 60.4 percent (341st in the NCAA) and an offensive rebounding rate of 40.0 percent (344th in the NCAA). Opponents have managed to shoot 59.7 percent from inside the arc (332nd in the NCAA), 41.0 percent from 3-point range (328th in the NCAA), and 82.0 percent from the free-throw line (347th in the NCAA) against the Governors’ defense.
Jerry Stackhouse takes first loss as head coachVanderbilt will try to rebound from first-year head coach Jerry Stackhouse’s first loss at the program after suffering a heartbreaking 93-92 overtime loss on the road to Richmond on Thursday. The Commodores erased a 7-point second-half deficit and the teams traded 3-point baskets late in the overtime period before Richmond’s Andre Gustavson made 1 of 2 free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to send Vanderbilt to its first loss under Stackhouse. Aaron Nesmith scored a team-high 34 points while Saben Lee came off the bench to finish with 24 points and eight assists for the Commodores, who turned the ball over 19 times in the loss.
Stackhouse’s squad comes into the weekend ranked No. 142 in the latest KenPom rankings following their 2-1 start. Vanderbilt comes in scoring only 100.1 points per 100 possessions (136th in the NCAA) despite sporting an effective field goal percentage of 60.1 percent (12th in the NCAA). The Commodores have been efficient from the field but turnovers and missed free throws have held them back on offense. Vanderbilt does most of its damage from beyond the arc, where they have taken a whopping 50.8 percent of their total field goal attempts for the season (10th in the NCAA). Through three games, the Commodores have shot 59.1 percent (20th in the NCAA) from inside the arc and 40.7 percent from 3-point range (32nd in the NCAA) but only 64.6 percent from the charity stripe as a team (264th in the NCAA). They have also turned the ball over on 19.7 percent of their offensive possessions (179th in the NCAA) so far this year.
On defense, Vanderbilt has given up 98.9 points per 100 possessions (169th in the NCAA) despite forcing their opponents to turn the ball over 22.5 percent of the time (75th in the NCAA). The Commodores have been vulnerable from deep, allowing their opponents to shoot 37.5 percent from the 3-point line (284th in the NCAA) through three contests.
- Governors are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Governors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
- Governors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Commodores are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game