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Vanderbilt vs. Arizona State - 12/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona State Sun Devils (8-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (6-2)
Date & Time Monday December 17, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +1.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5
TV Channel
SEC
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The Arizona State Sun Devils and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in college basketball action from Memorial Gym on Monday night.

The Arizona State Sun Devils come into this game looking to build on a narrow 76-74 win over Georgia in their last outing. Remy Martin led the Sun Devils with 21 points along with 8 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Romello White added 16 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a 6 of 7 mark from the foul line while Luguentz Dort added 12 points and Zylan Cheatham added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double to round out the scoring in double figures for Arizona State in the win. Dort leads the Sun Devils in scoring with 20.9 points per game while Cheatham leads Arizona State with an average of 9.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Arizona State is averaging 82.8 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will be looking to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games after a 79-51 win over Middle Tennessee in their last outing. Simisola Shittu led the ‘Dores with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting along with 6 rebounds while Matthew Moyer added 14 points on 4 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other Vanderbilt player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Aaron Nesmith added 9 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well for Vandy in the winning effort. Shittu leads the Commodores with an average of 15.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while Saben Lee leads Vanderbilt in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 83.9 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the 3-point line and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

Arizona State is 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 road games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the SEC. Vanderbilt is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 11-28 ATS in their last 39 games overall while the under is 22-9-1 in their last 32 games following a win.

Arizona State has struggled on the road ATS dating back to last season, but it’s not like the Commodores are impossible to cover against and beat on their home floor. Vanderbilt has also been inconsistent over the last couple weeks as a whole. The Sun Devils narrowly escaped their first true test on the road over Georgia, and while I think Vanderbilt will pose a tough task as well, I think Arizona State has more than enough going for themselves to get the win here, so I’ll lay the bucket with Arizona State here.

Pick:
Arizona State -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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