Vanderbilt vs Kansas State Preview and Prediction
Vanderbilt vs Kansas State Preview
The Vanderbilt Commodores (7-2) will take a two-game win streak into a neutral-site matchup with Big 12 foe Kansas State (8-2) on Saturday afternoon at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday’s game marks the return of a home-and-home series between the two schools after K-State earned an 84-79 win over Vanderbilt on Dec. 3, 2017 at Memorial Gym in Nashville. Xavier Sneed and Levi Stockard III connected on clutch free throws in the final minute to help the Wildcats to their first win in Nashville since 1977. Sneed and Kamau Stokes led the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
K-State had to rally from a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 55-51 win over a pesky Southern Miss team on Wednesday night at home to extend its winning streak in home non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum to 28. The 16-point deficit overcome for victory tied for the third-largest in school history, including the largest since coming from 16 points down to defeat New Mexico on Nov. 23, 2005.
The Wildcats struggled without senior leader Dean Wade who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
The Commodores won their second consecutive game after defeating No.18 Arizona State, 81-65, Monday night at Memorial Gym in their last time out. Five Vanderbilt players scored in double figures, with guard Saben Lee leading the way with 14 points. Aaron Nesmith (13), Yanni Wetzell (12), Matt Ryan (11), and Joe Toye (11) also scored in double figures. The Commodores limited Arizona State to their lowest field goal percentage of the season (32.3%), and it was the third time this season Vanderbilt has had a game with five players in double figures.
Freshman point guard Darius Garland, a five-star recruit and a 2018 McDonald’s All-American, was lost for the season after suffering a meniscus injury in his left knee against Kent State on November 23. He suffered the injury two minutes into the game against the Golden Flashes. Garland was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week in the opening week of the year after averaging 21.5 points per game in two Commodore wins over Winthrop and USC.
Joe Toye scored in double figures in three straight games for the first time of his four-year career in the first three games of the 2018-19 season and has double-digit points in six games this season. Toye is the team’s lone senior.
LINE: -4 KSU
Dan’s Bet: Vanderbilt +4
Kansas State typically plays well in these ‘home games’ away from home, but Vandy is coming in hot and starting to figure things out without Darius Garland. It will be a close game, but I think the Commodores pull away late.
Score Prediction: Vanderbilt 71 Kansas State 67