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Georgia vs. Vanderbilt - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vanderbilt Commodores (12-19) at Georgia Bulldogs (16-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -1 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

We have some SEC conference tournament first round action on Wednesday as the #13 seed Vanderbilt Commodores take on the #12 seed Georgia Bulldogs in a college basketball matchup.

The Vanderbilt Commodores find themselves with the 2nd-lowest seed entering the tournament after finishing with a 6-12 mark in conference play as part of their 12-19 overall finish this season. Vandy scheduled themselves tough, and it showed with losses to Belmont, Virginia, Kansas State, Middle Tennessee State and Arizona State all before entering conference play with a 5-7 mark. Things didn’t get much better for the ‘Dores as they lost 5 of their first 6 games and 9 of their first 13 before splitting their last 6 games down the stretch, including a win over Mississippi in the regular season finale to avoid finishing dead last in the conference standings. Jeff Roberson led Vanderbilt with an average of 17 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Riley LaChance led the Commodores with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is scoring 72.7 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

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Georgia vs. Vanderbilt - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia Bulldogs ended up as the #12 seed after losing a tiebreaker with South Carolina with a 7-11 mark in SEC play this season as part of their 16-14 overall mark. The Bulldogs also went through a fairly tough non-conference slate, with wins over St. Mary’s, Marquette, Georgia Tech and Temple while losing to San Diego State and UMASS. Georgia entered SEC play with a solid 9-2 mark, splitting their first 6 conference matchups before dropping 6 of 7 and splitting 6 games once again, this time at the end of the season. Yante Maten led Georgia with 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while William Jackson II led the Bulldogs in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia is scoring 68.6 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line this season.

Vanderbilt is 8-22 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 conference matchups. Georgia is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 15-5 in their last 20 conference matchups. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

This is a tight game that could go either way as Vanderbilt picked up some steam late, and at times didn’t look as bad as their record, while Georgia at times seemed a bit overhyped in the SEC. However, I still find Georgia easier to stomach than Vanderbilt, and the favorite has had all of the success when these tow lock up over the last couple of years. The line is small, so you’re almost picking a winner straight up here and I think that will be the Bulldogs so I’ll lay the point with Georgia in this one.

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