Central Arkansas vs Vanderbilt Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1) vs Central Arkansas Bears (1-2)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Gym)

Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores -17.5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Central Arkansas Bears will play the Vanderbilt Commodores in a non-conference game on Friday night at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee. Central Arkansas is 0-2 against D-1 teams this year, while Vanderbilt has won their last two games coming into this matchup. 

Central Arkansas Preview

The Central Arkansas Bears are 1-2 this season after they lost to UAPB by a score of 85-83 in their last game. Central Arkansas led 43-39 at halftime, but they allowed 46 points in the second half for the loss. The Bears shot 43.3% from the field and out rebounded their opponent by a total of 46-30 in the game. Central Arkansas’ only win this season came against Hendrix College by a score of 82-39. Central Arkansas is scoring 72.7 points per game with 42.3 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game, while allowing 64.7 points against per game this year. Elias Cato has led the Bears with 18.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and 2.0 steals per game. Central Arkansas is shooting 40.7% from the field, 65.6% on free throws, and 27.8% on three pointers this season. 

Vanderbilt Preview

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 2-1 this year after they defeated UNC-Greensboro by a score of 74-70 in their last game. Vanderbilt led 41-29 at the half, but they were out scored 41-33 in the second half in the win. The Commodores shot 40.4% from the field and out rebounded UNCG by a total of 44-31 in the game. Vanderbilt defeated USC Upstate by a score of 74-67 in their previous game, but lost to Presbyterian by a score of 68-62 in their first game. Vanderbilt is scoring 70 points per game with 41.3 rebounds per game and 10.3 assists per game, while giving up 68.3 points against per game this season. Ezra Manjon is averaging 19.7 points per game with 5.0 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists per game. Vanderbilt is shooting 39.3% from the field, 79.7% on free throws, and 32.1% on three pointers this year. 


The Commodores come into this game with a winning record, but they have not looked very good and have won their last two games by a combined 11 points. Vanderbilt was upset by Presbyterian to start the season, so they have to be on upset alert here. Central Arkansas is 0-2 against D-1 teams to start the year, but they are shooting a higher percentage from the field than Vanderbilt is. Vanderbilt should win this game easily, but they have’t looked very good, so I am taking Central Arkansas with the points. 

David’s Pick Central Arkansas +17.5

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