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Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Memorial Gym
Nashville, TN
The Line
Tennessee Volunteers -11 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
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Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in SEC college basketball action from the Vanderbilt Memorial Gym on Wednesday night.

The Tennessee Volunteers will look to make an impact after becoming the new #1 team in the country, winning their last 12 games in a row following a 71-68 win over Alabama in their last outing. Grant Williams led the Vols with 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting while Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bowden each had 12 points with Schofield adding 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals for the double-double while Bowden shot 5 of 7 with a pair of threes and 4 assists. Jordan Bone added 10 points with a team-high 7 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Tennessee in the winning effort while Kyle Alexander chipped in 6 points with 9 rebounds and 5 blocks in the victory. Williams leads Tennessee in scoring with 18.9 points per game while Alexander leads the Volunteers in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game and Bone leads the Vols in assists with 6.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging the 10th-most points per game in the country with 86.1 points per game on the 2nd-best field goal percentage in D-I, shooting 51.1% from the field along with 36.4% from 3-point range and 75.9% from the foul line this season. The Volunteers are also tough on defense, holding opposition to the 7th-lowest field goal percentage in the country, giving up just a 38.1% mark from the floor this season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will look for their first conference win of the season after losing 5 games in a row following a 71-55 loss to Mississippi State in their last outing. Saben Lee led the Commodores with 13 points along with 6 rebounds while Aaron Nesmith added 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and 6 rebounds of his own as the only other Vanderbilt player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Simisola Shittu was held to just 7 points and 5 rebounds but still leads Vanderbilt with an average of 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Lee leads the Commodores in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 76.6 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Tennessee is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Vanderbilt is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Vanderbilt.

This is an in-state rivalry that’s seen both sides have some success over the years. Tennessee could also be vulnerable here after just securing that #1 spot in the country and if history has shown us anything, it’s that no team is safe right after they get to the top. However, I’m not sure Tennessee is going to slip here. The Vols have had a lot of success in the Commodores’ backyard over the last few years, and Tennessee has not only won and covered in each of their 3 true road games this year, the Volunteers have won each of those games by double-digits, winning by an average margin of 15 points per game. Vanderbilt hasn’t looked good in conference play so far this year, and going up against the top team in the country won’t help matters here. I’ll lay the points with Tennessee on the road in this one.

Tennessee -11

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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