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Vanderbilt vs. Auburn - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Auburn at Vanderbilt
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Memorial Gym
Nashville, TN
The Line
Auburn Tigers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Auburn at Vanderbilt
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The Auburn Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in SEC college basketball action from the Memorial Gym on Saturday afternoon.

The Auburn Tigers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 60-55 loss to Ole Miss in their last outing as 8-point favorites. Chuma Okeke led the Tigers with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes, a pair of steals and a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double while Jared Harper added 10 points as the only other Auburn player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Outside of Okeke, the Tigers shot a paltry 8 of 38 from the floor and 2 of 17 from 3-point range. Bryce Brown was held to 8 points but still leads the Tigers in scoring with 16.3 points per game while Okeke leads Auburn in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game and Harper leads the Tigers in assists with 6.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Auburn is averaging 82.4 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will still be looking for their first conference win of the year after a 66-57 loss to Florida last time out. Aaron Nesmith led the ‘Dores with 26 points along with a 12 of 15 mark from the foul line, a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 steals as the only Vanderbilt player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Saben Lee had 4 points and a team-high 3 assists while Simisola Shittu had 5 points and 6 rebounds. Lee leads Vanderbilt with an average of 13.5 points and 3.8 assists per game while Shittu leads the Commodores in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 72.9 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 68.4% from the foul line this season.

Auburn is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record. Vanderbilt is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 conference games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Auburn is 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Vanderbilt.

Auburn is still one of the harder teams in college basketball to try to figure out, as the talent is all there but the Tigers just can’t seem to put it all together. That has also remained the case on the road, where Auburn has covered just once in conference play and the Tigers have actually lost outright twice as a road favorite this season. I’m not saying Vandy wins outright here, but the Commodores have been more competitive lately and are looking hungry for a confidence-building win and the Commodores have pretty much owned the Tigers ATS in this matchup for quite some time now, so I’ll take a shot with Vanderbilt and the points in this one.

Pick:
Vanderbilt +9.5

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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