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Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Providence Friars Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/22/13

Providence Friars (4-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1)

College Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Virgin Islands Sport & Fitness Center)

The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Providence Friars hook up with the Vanderbilt Commodores in the opening round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Friday.

The Friars are off to a 4-0 start this season and coming off a 70-49 rout of Vermont Monday, marking their 30th straight non-conference home win in a streak that dates back to the inception of the Big East conference. Providence used a staunch defensive effort against the Catamounts, holding them to just 33 percent shooting on 18-of-54 from the field. 6-6 junior F LaDontae Henton led the Friars with 18 points on 58 percent from the field, added 9 rebounds and went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Senior 6-9 F Kadeem Batts had 12 points, 12 boards and 3 assists and 6-3 sophomore G Kris Dunn had 3 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. As a team, the Friars shot 50 percent from the field on  28-of-56 shooting, made 7-of-20 from distance and went 7of-11 from the stripe. On the season, senior G Bryce Cotton leads the team in scoring at 20 ppg and Henton leads the Friars in rebounds at 9.5 per contest.

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Providence Friars Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/22/13

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Vanderbilt lost a tight one 85-77 in overtime against Butler Tuesday, going on a 15-2 run with under 8 minutes left in regulation to send the game to extra time. The Commodores were dominated in OT, however, and fell to 0-5 all-time against the Bulldogs. 6-4 sophomore G Eric McClellan had a career night with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists and shot 42 percent from the field. As a team, Vanderbilt shot 48 percent from the field, 31 percent from distance and made 20-of-30 from the free throw line. On the season, McClellan leads the team in scoring with 20 ppg on 42 percent from the field.

Providence is currently a 4 point favorite here and it’s really just a guessing game at this point. The Friars squeaked by both Boston College and Brown by four points and blew out Marist and Vermont. Vandy took out Georgia State and Lipscomb before losing to Butler in OT, the latter being the only notable opposition for either team. Based on that, the lean goes to Vandy and the points.

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