Tennessee at Vanderbilt: 2/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Vanderbilt Commodores (6-12) vs Tennessee Volunteers (15-6)
Game Info: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Memorial Gym)
Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores +6.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 25th ranked Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 25th ranked Tennessee Volunteers dropped to 15-6 on the season after being defeated by the Kentucky Wildcats, 70-55, this past Saturday. Tennessee had no answers on the offensive end against Kentucky and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 45-30 margin. Tennessee shot just 32.1% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc while Kentucky shot 40.4% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. Tennessee was outrebounded by Kentucky by a 43-31 margin and committed 10 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Victor Bailey Jr. who had 18 poitns, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Tennessee is averaging 73.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Jaden Springer (12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Victor Bailey Jr. (11.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Keon Johnson (10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), & John Fulkerson (9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
The Vanderbilt Commodores lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-12 on the season after being defeated by the 8th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, 82-78, this past Saturday. Vanderbilt trailed by a 33-29 margin at halftime and could not fight back late after Alabama took a 77-70 lead with 1:33 left in regulation. Vanderbilt shot 43.9% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc while Alabama shot 42.6% from the field and 25.6% from beyond the arc. Vanderbilt was outrebounded by Alabama by a 37-36 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Commodores was Dylan Disu who had a double-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.
On the season, Vanderbilt is averaging 73.8 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Commodores are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Vanderbilt has been led by Scotty Pippen Jr. (20.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.7 spg), Dylan Disu (15.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), Jordan Wright (8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), & Maxwell Evans (7.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Commodores have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Volunteers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Commodores are 5-0-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Tennessee has been inconsistent this season as although their defense has been strong and comes into this game ranked 18th in scoring defense & 35th in defensive FG%, the offensive has struggled at times as evident were their poor offensive showings against Florida, Ole Miss, & Kentucky. Vanderbilt has lost 4 of their last 5 games and despite being more competitive as of late, still has struggled defensively as the Commodores currently rank just t-259th in scoring defense & 291st in defensive FG%. Vanderbilt has been playing their best basketball of the season as of late, however, Tennessee is no question the better team here and as I think the Volunteers offense gets back on track in this one, I think Tennessee does enough to cover this spread. Good Luck!