The Yale Bulldogs and Vanderbilt Commodores meet Tuesday in the college basketball NIT First Round at the Memorial Gymnasium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Yale Bulldogs are averaging 76.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Matt Knowling is averaging 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds, while John Poulakidas is averaging 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. EJ Jarvis is the third double-digit scorer and August Mahoney is dishing 1.5 assists. The Yale Bulldogs are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Yale Bulldogs are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are averaging 72 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Liam Robbins is averaging 15 points and 1 assist, while Tyrin Lawerence is averaging 12.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jordan Wright is the third double-digit scorer and Ezra Manjon is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Vanderbilt Commodores are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Vanderbilt Commodores are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Commodores are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 22-10-1 in Bulldogs last 33 overall. The over is 34-16-1 in Commodores last 51 overall.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are the better team that's playing some of their best ball at the moment, and being at home doesn't hurt them here. However, Yale has lost just 2 games since January 16 and has 5 seniors who will be eager to keep their career going. Also, Yale is 12-6 ATS in non home games and 2-0 ATS when underdogs of 5 or fewer points. Should be a fun one. Give me the road dog.