Stanford vs. Vanderbilt - NIT Tournament - 3/24/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vanderbilt Commodores (21-13) at Stanford Cardinal (21-13)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Vanderbilt Commodores and Stanford Cardinals will battle at the Maples Pavilion this Tuesday night in the Quarterfinals of the NIT.
The (5) Vanderbilt Commodores used a big 2nd half in which they scored 59 points, to defeat the (8) South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 92-77, this past Friday. The Commodores shot 58.3% from the field and 57.1% (12-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Vanderbilt was Wade Baldwin IV who had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. The Commodores finished the season ranked 101st in the RPI Standings, 32nd in the BPI Standings, and played the 118th ranked SOS. On the season, Vanderbilt was led by Damian Jones (14.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg) and Riley LaChance (12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg). Vanderbilt averages 70.5 ppg (ranked 90th) on 47.4% shooting (ranked 29th). The Commodores average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 89th) and have a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 69th). Defensively, Vanderbilt is holding their opponents to an average of 63.9 ppg (ranked 102nd) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 69th). The Commodores average 5.4 bpg and commit 17.1 personal fouls per game (ranked 91st).
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The (2) Stanford Cardinal got a big game from their senior leader, Chasson Randle and was able to defeat the defensive minded Rhode Rams, 74-65, this past Sunday. Stanford was able to overcome a tough shooting night (34.0% from the field and 15.4% (2-13) from beyond the arc) as they were able to get Rhode Island to commit a whopping 35 personal fouls in which they converted into 36 points from the free throw line. Leading the way for the Cardinal was Chasson Randle who had 35 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals in the victory. Stanford finished the season ranked 61st in the RPI Standings, 43rd in the BPI Standings, and played the 51st ranked SOS. On the season, the Cardinal were led by Chasson Randle (19.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg) and Anthony Brown (14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg). Stanford is averaging 72.5 ppg (ranked 51st) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 170th). The Cardinal are shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 45th) and commit 10.7 turnovers per game (ranked 30th). Stanford is allowing their opponents to average 67.4 ppg (ranked 198th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 172nd). The Cardinal pull down 36.68 total rpg (ranked 61st) and have a rebound margin of 4.2 (ranked 51st).
The Commodores are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs a team with a winning S.U. record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Cardinal are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games.
Vanderbilt started off conference play losing 7 of their 8 first games this year, however, really turned it around starting in February as they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games including winning 4 games away from home. Stanford has one of the better players in the country in Chasson Randle and although they weren’t able to get into the NCAA Tournament this year, they have been very good at home this season, going 15-3 at Maples Pavilion. Although I’ve have been impressed with how Vanderbilt has played, I think that the Stanford Seniors, Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown, will have big games on the last time they will step on the floor at Maples Pavilion and will lead Stanford to a victory in this one. I’m taking Stanford to cover this small spread in this one.