Tennessee at Vanderbilt: 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Vanderbilt Commodores (4-5) vs Tennessee Volunteers (9-1)
Game Info: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Gym)
Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores +13 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 9th ranked Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 9th ranked Tennessee Volunteers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-1 on the season after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies, 68-54, this past Saturday. Tennessee was outstanding offensively against a tough Texas A&M defense and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 44-30 lead with 17:07 left in regulation. Tennessee shot 58.7% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc while Texas A&M shot 34.0% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc. Tennessee was outrebounded by Texas A&M by a 31-23 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Santiago Vescovi who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Tennessee is averaging 76.8 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Victor Bailey Jr. (12.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), John Fulkerson (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), Santiago Vescovi (10.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), & Jaden Springer (10.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.1 apg).
Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 56.8 ppg on 38.4% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of 7.4.
The Vanderbilt Commodores lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 4-5 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 84-81, this past Saturday. Vanderbilt had no answers on the defensive end against Mississippi State and could not fight all the way back after the Bulldogs took a 71-61 lead with 4:56 left in regulation. Vanderbilt shot 41.7% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc while Mississippi State shot 60.8% from the field and 57.1% rom beyond the arc. Vanderbilt was outrebounded by Vanderbilt by a 34-30 margin and committed 10 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Commodores was Scotty Pippen Jr. who had a double-double with 18 points, 12 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal.
On the season, Vanderbilt is averaging 74.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Commodores are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Vanderbilt has been led by Scotty Pippen Jr. (21.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Dylan Disu (12.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 bpg), Myles Stute (9.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), & Jordan Wright (8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Commodores have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Volunteers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Commodores are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games, however, are just 10-23 ATS in their last 33 games following a ATS win.
Vanderbilt was competitive in their last two games against Kentucky & Mississippi State, however, the Commodores still are at best an average team on both sides of the ball and have to heavily rely on the three-pointer when it comes to their offense. Tennessee is one of the best defensive teams in the country as they come into this game ranked 2nd in scoring defense & 20th in defensive FG% and although this is a bunch of points for the Volunteers to cover, if they could beat Missouri by 20 on the road, I think that Tennessee can cover this spread at Vanderbilt. Good Luck!