Michigan vs Vanderbilt Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/18/23

Vanderbilt Commodores (21-14) vs Michigan Wolverines (18-15)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Gym)

Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores -1 -- Over/Under: 147 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Michigan Wolverines and Vanderbilt Commodores face off on Saturday in an NIT college basketball showdown at Vanderbilt University Memorial Gym. This is the first meeting in recent history between the two teams. 

Michigan Betting Preview

Michigan sits with an 18-15 record overall and they have gone 18-14-1 against the spread. It has been a disappointing season for Michigan, but they are still fighting hard in the NIT. On Tuesday, Michigan faced off against Toledo and they were able to secure a 90-80 victory. Kobe Bufkin had a strong game finishing with 23 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Michigan is averaging 73.6 points while their defense is giving up 69.7 points per game. Hunter Dickinson is averaging 18.4 points while shooting 56 percent from the field and 43.6 percent from behind the three-point line. 

Vanderbilt Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Vanderbilt who sits with a 21-14 record overall and they have gone 20-15 against the spread. In the first game of the tournament against Yale, Vanderbilt’s defense gave up only 62 points and that was enough to win by nine points. Vanderbilt scored 37 points in the first half, and never looked back on the way to the victory. Tyrin Lawrence finished with 25 points and seven rebounds. Vanderbilt is averaging 75.8 points while their defense is giving up 72.8 points per game. Tyrin Lawrence is averaging 12.9 points while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from behind the three point line. 

Michigan vs Vanderbilt Trends

Vanderbilt is 6-0 against the spread in their last six home games. The over is 4-0 in the Commodores last four games following a straight up win. Michigan is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Playing away from home this season for Michigan has been an issue, and it’s going to be an issue again in this game. Even though Michigan won the last game, their defense struggled and it’s going to let them down again in this game. Vanderbilt’s offense is going to be too much here and they are going to cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Vanderbilt -1

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