Two SEC programs with two very different seasons will go head-to-head when Texas A&M and Vanderbilt face off on Saturday.
The struggling Aggies will travel to Nashville looking to avoid dropping their 4th game in a row, while the Commodores try to dig themselves out of the SEC basement.
While Vanderbilt sits at a disappointing 11-17, the Aggies find themselves in the middle of the pack of the SEC.
Billy Kennedy’s men will need to string some wins together if they hope to remain on the bubble of the NCAA tournament. It’s expected that eight or nine teams will make it to the dance from the SEC, but A&M are currently in 10th with only three games left this season.
Despite getting 25 points from junior center and leading scorer, Tyler Davis, A&M was stunned by Mississippi State at home on Tuesday night 93-81. Despite only being down two at halftime, the Aggies were outscored by 10 in the second half.
Meanwhile, Kennedy is excited about the progress sophomore forward Robert Williams has made late in the season for the Aggies.
As for Vanderbilt, they have lost 17 games this season for the first time since 2013, but they are a much better team at home. The Commodores sport a respectable 11-7 when playing in the Memorial Gym, but have gone winless on the road the entire season.
Senior Forward Jeff Roberson will try to reproduce his performance against Florida, a game where he led Vanderbilt to a surprise home victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds over the Gators less than a week ago.
The two teams met three times last year, and Vanderbilt swept the series. The last time they played, Vanderbilt thrashed the Aggies by over 20 points at home.
Tip-off from Nashville is Saturday at 4 p.m. TV coverage will be on ESPN2