Vanderbilt vs. Kansas State - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (6-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (3-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Memorial Gymnasium-TN)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN - SEC Network
The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Memorial Gymnasium to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kansas State Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 77-68, this past Wednesday. Kansas State held a 42-34 lead at halftime and put the game away after a 5-0 run gave the Wildcats a 71-61 lead with 2:47 left in regulation. Kansas State shot 48.3% from the field and 30.8% (8-26) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dean Wade who had a double-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 77.1 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Kamau Stokes (14.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg), Barry Brown (14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg), Dean Wade (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.7 spg), and Xavier Sneed (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.3 ppg on 36.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 5.3.
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The Vanderbilt Commodores snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 3-4 on the season after defeating the Radford Highlanders, 74-62, this past Tuesday. Vanderbilt had a couple of scoring droughts in the 2nd half that kept the game close, however, pulled away for victory after a 10-1 Commodores run gave Vanderbilt a 68-57 lead with 1:30 left in regulation. Vanderbilt shot 42.3% from the field and 74.2% (23-31) from the FT-line in the victory. Leading the way for the Commodores was Riley LaChance who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, Vanderbilt is averaging 68.0 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Commodores are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Vanderbilt has been led by Jeff Roberson (13.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg), Riley LaChance (13.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Matthew Fisher-Davis (12.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 spg), and Djery Baptiste (5.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg). Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Commodores have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of -3.0.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Commodores are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Kansas State hasn’t played much in terms of competition to start the season, however, the Wildcats should be a solid team this season as they have some decent experience and once again has a quality defense that currently ranks 21st in scoring defense and 15th in defensive FG%. Vanderbilt picked up a much-needed win against Radford, however, the Commodores once again struggled at times on the offensive end and come into this matchup ranked T-300th in scoring offense, 323rd in FG%, and 308 in 3P-FG%. Vanderbilt has been awful ATS as of late and as I think the Kansas State defense will shut down the limited offensive weapons that the Commodores have, I’m taking Kansas State to cover this small spread.