UAB vs Vanderbilt Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/22/23

Vanderbilt Commodores (22-14) vs UAB Blazers (27-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Gym)

Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores -2.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UAB Blazers will head up to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the NIT Semifinals from Memorial Gym on ESPN2. Vandy leads the head-to-head series, 4-1.

UAB Betting Preview

UAB comes in at 27-9 after defeating Morehead State in the NIT Quarterfinals. The Blazers out scored the Eagles in both halves to advance and win by eighteen, 77-59. UAB is scoring 81.5 points per game, while allowing 72.3 ppg, and shooting 45.7% from the floor.

UAB has responded to a Conference USA title game loss with a pair of strong victories, and they’ll look to pick up their second win over the SEC this season Wednesday. The Blazers are led by one of the best scorers in the country in Jordan Walker. The senior guard will look to respond to three straight tough outings here, but prior to that stretch  he scored 25 points or more in six of his last eight games. Walker leads Conference USA in scoring at 22.6 ppg. Sophomore guard Eric Gaines joins him in the backcourt, and he leads the team in assists (4.6), while scoring 11.6 ppg. Trey Jamison grabbed 16 boards in the win over Morehead, and he leads the in boards at 8.4 rpg, while scoring 9.1 ppg.

Vanderbilt Betting Preview

Vanderbilt comes in at 22-14 after defeating Michigan in the NIT Quarterfinals. The Commodores pulled away from the Wolverines late in the second half to sneak away with a one-point win, 66-65. Vandy is scoring 72.3 points per game, while allowing 71.9 ppg, and shooting 42.9% from the floor.

Vanderbilt has been very sharp since the start of February, and after taking down Hunter Dickinson and the Wolverines without SEC Defensive Player of the Year Liam Robbins, they’re going to be tough to down here. Without their leading scorer and rebounder, the Commodores have managed to get stronger contributions from the backcourt. Junior guard Tyrin Lawrence has shown up big with a pair of 25-point performances in wins over Michigan and Yale, and he’s up to 13.2 ppg. Senior swingman Jordan Wright grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in the SEC tourney win over LSU, and he averages 10.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Veteran guard Ezra Manjon has scored 17 points or more in each of the last five games, and he’s up to 10.3 ppg and a team-lead 3.8 apg. 

UAB vs Vanderbilt Trends

UAB is 16-17-2 against the spread this season, with a 23-12 over/under record. Vanderbilt is 20-16 ATS this year, with a 20-16 o/u record. Birmingham is 5-16-2 ATS in their last 23 road games.

Corey's Free Pick

UAB has been successful in the NIT thus far, but if they get another quiet outing from Jordan Walker here, they will be trouble versus a clicking Vanderbilt team. New York guards thrive in March, but teams have been able to key in on Walker down the stretch, and if Vandy finds a way to contain him here, the Blazers might not get so lucky in Nashville. Commodores coach Jerry Stackhouse has found a way to win with this team without Liam Robbins presence, and I think he leads them to their eighth win in nine games. Look for Vanderbilt to punch their ticket to Vegas here, and take their spread for this NIT Semifinal. 

Corey’s Pick Vanderbilt -2.5

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