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Vanderbilt vs. LSU - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LSU Tigers (7-5) at Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Vanderbilt Commodores and the LSU Tigers face off on Saturday in SEC college basketball action.

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 8-4 this season with all of their losses being to ranked teams. Vandy is averaging 79.6 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.8 points and their opponents are shooting 35.8 percent. Wade Baldwin IV leads the Commodores averaging 14.7 points per game. Damian Jones is averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, Riley LaChance is averaging 8.7 points, and Matthew Fisher-Davis is averaging 8.4 points. Vandy has played well but they just haven’t been able to get past the better teams.

Vanderbilt vs. LSU - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The LSU Tigers are 7-5 this season and they are coming off of a loss that ended a three game winning streak. LSU is averaging 83.8 points and they are shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 76.2 points ad their opponents are shooting 43.2 percent. Ben Simmons leads the Tigers averaging 19.3 points, 13 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. Keith Hornsby is averaging 16.4 points, Craig Victor II is averaging 14 points, and Tim Quarterman is averaging 11.9 points. LSU appears to be playing better as the season goes on but they are still somewhat over rated.

Vanderbilt is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games, 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 games, ad 5-2 against the spread following a win. LSU is 7-3 against the spread against the SEC, 20-8-2 against the spread against the SEC, and 13-5-2 against the spread against a team with a wining record. The road team has covered the point spread I seven of the last nine meetings of these two.

Vanderbilt is the much better team but I don’t like the number so I have to take the points.

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LSU Tigers +10

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