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Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee Volunteers (10-4) at Vanderbilt Commodores (6-9)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Memorial Gymnasium-TN)

The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

We have some SEC action on the hardwood on Tuesday night, as the #24 Tennessee Volunteers take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in a college basketball matchup. 

The #24 Tennessee Volunteers will look to build some momentum after notching their first conference win of the year in a 76-65 win over Kentucky last time out. Admiral Schofield led the team with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 triples and 9 rebounds with 4 assists and 4 steals. Grant Williams added 18 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists of his own, while Lamonte Turner added 11 points and 5 assists to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Vols in the win. James Daniel III added a team-high 6 assists as well in the winning effort for Tennessee. Williams leads the team with an average of 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Daniel III is the team’s leading assist man with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is scoring 79 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 38.9% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line this season.

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Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Vanderbilt Commodores will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 71-60 loss to South Carolina in their last outing. Saben Lee led the team with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, while Matthew Fisher-Davis added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and Djery Baptiste chipped in 10 points with 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the ‘Dores in the loss. Jeff Roberson also chipped in 9 points with team-highs of 9 rebounds and 3 assists in the losing effort for Vandy. Roberson leads the team with an average of 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while Lee is the team’s leading assist man with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is scoring 71 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 73.8% from the foul line this season. 

Tennessee is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Vanderbilt is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 conference matchups. Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Vanderbilt. 

I’ve said before that Vanderbilt is a tough place to go on the road and cover, let alone win because of their funky court set-up. However, that hasn’t been the case this year, as the Commodores have yet to cover on their home court this season, a place where you’re usually expected to do your best work. Tennessee hasn’t had the best start to SEC play, but they’re still a very talented team that’s going to make waves later in the year. I’m also shocked that the line is as low as it is considering that Vanderbilt has only covered once all season, but I’ll take it as a gift. Lay the bucket with the Vols here.

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