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Vanderbilt vs. Middle Tennessee - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-5) at Vanderbilt Commodores (5-2)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores -13 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-5) at Vanderbilt Commodores (5-2)
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Vanderbilt Commodores meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Memorial Gymnasium.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders could use a feel good victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 63.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 79 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Antonio Green is averaging 19.5 points and 1.3 assists while Karl Gamble is averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Reggie Scurry is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Jayce Johnson is dishing 1.6 assists. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have won five of their last seven road games.

The Vanderbilt Commodores need a victory here to get back on track after splitting their last four games. The Vanderbilt Commodores are averaging 84.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Darius Garland is averaging 16.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while Simisola Shittu is averaging 16 points and two assists. Saben Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Toye is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Vanderbilt Commodores are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Vanderbilt Commodores are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game. The Vanderbilt Commodores have won four of their last five home games.

The Blue Raiders are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Commodores are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games, 8-23 ATS in their last 31 non-conference games and 10-28 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2-1 in Commodores last 8 overall. The under is 10-4 in Blue Raiders last 14 road games.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are being outscored by 15.3 points on the season and are shooting god awful from everywhere on the court. That's probably not going to change when playing at Vanderbilt where they have that weird, open gym. The Vanderbilt Commodores are outscoring teams by 16 points at home this season and are shooting a healthy 52 percent from the field. Assuming the offensive struggles for MTSU conteinue, this game could get out of hand quickly. Have to back the Commodores in this spot.

Pick:
Vanderbilt Commodores -13

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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