Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt - 2/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vanderbilt (9-16) at Tennessee (14-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee -11.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vanderbilt Commodores (9-16, CONF 1-11) and Tennessee Volunteers (14-11, CONF 6-6) face off in an SEC showdown at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Commodores and Volunteers faced off in the middle of January and Tennessee came out with a 21 point victory.
Lamonte Turner went down early in the season with an injury, and it has really derailed the entire season for the Volunteers. Tennessee comes into this game having won only four of their last ten games, and on Saturday they were knocked off by the Gamecocks in a low scoring game.
The Volunteers offense has struggled without Turner, so when they have success it’s usually because of the defense. On the season the Volunteers are averaging 66.9 points per game with their defense giving up only 62.2.
The Vanderbilt Commodores only have nine wins of the season, and only one of those wins has come in SEC play. That one win for the Commodores came against the LSU Tigers when they put up 99 points.
The offense has been fine this season for Vanderbilt, averaging 72 points per game, but the real issue has been with the defense and they give up 74.7 points per game.
In the last game the Commodores defense really struggled giving up 84 points to the Florida Gators.
The Commodores offense is led by Aaron Nesmeth who is averaging 23 points per game and shooting 51.2 percent from the field.
Vanderbilt is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against the SEC. The Volunteers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. The road team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings between Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
The over is 6-2 in the Commodores last eight road games. The over is 11-5 in the Volunteers last 16 games against SEC.
This game is all going to come down to which Tennessee team shows up. In the Volunteers last home game they dominated Arkansas, and that strong defense should show up again. Look for the Volunteers to win this game and cover the spread.