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Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Pick & Prediction MAR 9TH 2022

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Logo Georgia Bulldogs
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Logo Vanderbilt Commodores
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OPENNER
147.5

9 -110
CURRENT
148.5o -110

+110
MONEYLINE
-130

51
SCORE
86

If there's a player on a lower-seeded team who can take over a league tournament, lead it to a championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament bid, it's Scotty Pippen Jr. of Vanderbilt.

Pippen, who leads the Southeastern Conference with 20.5 points per game, has scored 20-plus points in seven straight games, eclipsing the school record of six set by Shan Foster during the 2007-08 season. Pippen also leads the Commodores in assists (4.2) and steals (2.0) per game.

"It's crazy to look back and say I'm going to be in the Vanderbilt history books," he said. "It's crazy, but I want to continue to add to those numbers."

Pippen gets the chance Wednesday when the 11th-seeded Commodores (15-15) face 14th-seeded Georgia (6-25) in the first round of the SEC tournament in Tampa, Fla.

The Commodores swept Georgia this season, following a 73-66 road win in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 15 with an 85-77 triumph on their home floor in Nashville on Jan. 29. Pippen averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals in the two wins.

The winner will play No. 6 seed Alabama on Thursday.

While Vanderbilt enters the conference tournament coming off a 63-61 win at Ole Miss in which Pippen posted 22 points and six assists, Georgia hasn't won in quite some time.

The Bulldogs squandered a nine-point halftime lead in a 79-69 loss at Missouri on Saturday. They have dropped 11 straight and 19 of their past 20, with only a win against Alabama on Jan. 25 preventing them from going winless in league play.

Georgia is expected to part ways with coach Tom Crean, who has gone 47-74 in four seasons, after the season, per numerous reports.

"This is a tough team," Georgia guard Aaron Cook said. "With all the stuff that's been going on outside of basketball, we can't complain with how we're coming together and trying to find a way to make it work. All we can do is keep pushing forward, trying to win games."

Georgia is led by Kario Oquendo with 15.4 points per game, while Braelen Bridges averages 12.8 points to go along with a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game.

Pippen is complemented by Jordan Wright with 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Georgia Bulldogs
68
77
Vanderbilt Commodores

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Georgia guard Tyree Crump threw in a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Bulldogs an 80-78 win over Vanderbilt in Southeastern Conference play at Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday afternoon.

Guards Anthony Edwards (19 points), Jordan Harris (17) and Sahvir Wheeler (11) led the way for Georgia (14-13, 4-10 SEC).

Guard Saben Lee scored a career-high 34 in defeat, while guards Scotty Pippen Jr. and Max Evans chipped in 20 and 10, respectively, for the Commodores (9-18, 1-13).

Pippen missed two foul shots with 5.1 seconds left. Crump pulled the rebound out of a crowd of players, sprinted up the floor and canned the game-winner from about 30 feet out to give the Bulldogs their first road victory in league play.

The Commodores have lost five consecutive contests.

Earlier, Lee got a steal and a fast-break lay-in to give Vanderbilt a 51-40 second-half lead.

A 12-0 Bulldogs' run capped by an Edwards lay-up pushed Georgia back up 52-51, its first lead since 3-1.

Pippen Jr. answered with a 3-pointer from the left side, Evans added a step-back trey before Lee beat a defender for a lay-up and a 59-52 lead.

Lee threw down a two-handed alley-oop from Pippen with 4:28 left, again making the lead seven. He was solid all night, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12.4 seconds remaining to keep Georgia alive.

Wheeler hit two foul shots with six seconds remaining, setting up the scene at the end.

A foul-plagued first half obscured a wildly entertaining showdown between Lee, who had 22 first-half points, and Edwards, who had 12.

Vanderbilt got into the bonus with 11:46 left, and Georgia, at 8:36. The Commodores went into the double-bonus with 6:10 left, and Georgia did as well with 5:51 remaining.

Lee's fast-break layup and free throw with 13:07 to go in the first half put the Commodores up 16-7.

A pair of guard Jordan Wright's free throws made it 20-9, the first double-figure lead for either team.

Edwards didn't score until he canned a 3-pointer from the left side with 8:43 left. His jumper at 8:12 got the Bulldogs within 20-19.

He made the highlight-reel play of the first half, sprinting down the middle of the lane and throwing down a hard one-handed jam that posterized guard Braelee Albert and ended in a three-point play that knotted the score at 23.

But Vandy never relinquished the lead the rest of the period thanks to Lee, who was 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line in the half.

Four walk-ons saw a combined 24 first-half minutes for the Commodores, who led 40-32 at the break.

--Field Level Media

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