Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tennessee Volunteers (10-6) at Vanderbilt Commodores (8-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Memorial Gym)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Tennessee Volunteers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-6 (2-2 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs, 80-63, this past Wednesday. Tennessee had no answers for Anthony Edwards and the Georgia offense and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 47-28 margin. Tennessee allowed Georgia to shoot 47.4% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Josiah-Jordan James who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Tennessee is averaging 66.1 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Santiago Vescovi (12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), Lamonte Turner (12.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.8 spg), and Jordan Bowden (11.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg).
Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 60.6 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Vanderbilt Commodores lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 8-8 (0-3 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas Razorbacks, 75-55, this past Wednesday. Vanderbilt trailed by a 34-28 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after the Razorbacks took a 59-43 lead with 10:12 left in regulation. Vanderbilt allowed Arkansas to shoot 48.4% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 16-7 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Commodores was Maxwell Evens who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Vanderbilt is averaging 75.9 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Commodores are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Vanderbilt has been led by Aaron Nesmith (23.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 spg), Saben Lee (15.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.4 spg), and Scotty Pippen Jr. (10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Commodores have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Volunteers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Commodores are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Tennessee has been strong defensively this season, ranking 19th in scoring defense however, the Volunteers have really had some issues on the offensive end as they come into this match-up ranked just 301st in scoring offense, 264th in FG%, and 283rd in 3P-FG%.
Vanderbilt has lost 6 of their last 8 games and although they’ve shown at times the ability to score the basketball as they rank 78th in FG% & 45th in 3P-FG%, the Commodores have struggled defensively as they currently rank just 272nd in scoring defense and 293rd in defensive FG%.
Tennessee is the better team here, however, Vanderbilt is a tough team to play at Memorial Gymnasium as they come into this game with an 8-4 record at home. The Commodores should be able to find some offensive success against the Tennessee defense and as I think the Commodores will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking a Vanderbilt and the points in this one. Good Luck!