Vanderbilt at Tennessee
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Tennessee Volunteers -19 -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in SEC college basketball action from Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night.
The Vanderbilt Commodores will still be looking for their first conference win to snap a 13-game losing streak after a 64-53 loss to Auburn in their last outing. Aaron Nesmith led the ‘Dores with 24 points along with 3 threes, a 9 of 9 mark from the foul line and a whopping 14 rebounds for the double-double while Yanni Wetzell added 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double of his own as the only other Vanderbilt player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Saben Lee was held to just 4 points but still leads Vanderbilt with an average of 13.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while Simisola Shittu leads the Commodores in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 72.1 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the arc and 68.6% from the foul line this season.
The Tennessee Volunteers will look to rebound from just their 2nd loss of the season coming in the form of an 86-69 loss to Kentucky in their last outing. Jordan Bone led the Vols with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Admiral Schofield added 17 points and 6 rebounds and Grant Williams chipped in 16 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Tennessee in the defeat. Williams leads Tennessee with an average of 19.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while Bone leads the Volunteers in assists with 6.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging the 8th-most points per game in the country with 84.8 points per game while owning the 2nd-best field goal percentage in D-I, shooting 51% from the floor in addition to 36.3% from behind the arc and 76.7% from the foul line this season.
Vanderbilt is 17-39 ATS in their last 56 games overall and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 conference games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Tennessee is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Vanderbilt is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Tennessee.
This pick boils down to which Volunteers team you think shows up here. Do we get the Vols that will be ticked off after losing to Kentucky or do we get the Tennessee team that comes out slumping. Well personally, I’ve backed Vanderbilt the last couple of times, and it paid off against Florida but came back to bite me against Auburn. The fact that the Commodores have had success against the Vols in this venue is tempting, but I’m tired of thinking that the Commodores are going to change when it just ends up burning a hole in my pocket. Tennessee has to be angry after being humiliated by Kentucky, and I think the Vols come out firing and beat down the Commodores here so I’ll lay the points with Tennessee here.