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Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee State - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee State Tigers (3-8) at Vanderbilt Commodores (7-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 1:30 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores -21 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
SEC
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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee State Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Memorial Gymnasium.

The Tennessee State Tigers could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Tennessee State Tigers are averaging 66.7 points on 39 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey is averaging 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds while Kamar McKnight is averaging 13.1 points and 2.9 assists. Emmanuel Egbuta is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Thomas Davis is dishing 1.3 assists. The Tennessee State Tigers are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee State Tigers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.2 rebounds per game. The Tennessee State Tigers have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Vanderbilt Commodores could also use a win after splitting their last six games. The Vanderbilt Commodores are averaging 81 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Darius Garland is averaging 16.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while Simisola Shittu is averaging 14.6 points and two assists. Saben Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Ryan is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Vanderbilt Commodores are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Vanderbilt Commodores are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Vanderbilt Commodores have won six of their last seven home games.

The Tigers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Commodores are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 home games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 12-29 ATS in their last 41 games overall. The over is 8-3 in Tigers last 11 overall. The under is 4-0 in Commodores last 4 overall.

The Vanderbilt Commodores are just 4-6 ATS on the season, but they're a highly impressive team at home at both ends of the floor and should be treating these next two games as tune ups for SEC play. The Tennessee State Tigers have been awful in their last few games and are shooting just 37.4 percent from the field on the road. The Vanderbilt Commodores should be able to run away with this game rather easily, as Tennessee State has shown it's not in any position to even somewhat compete with good teams.

Pick:
Vanderbilt Commodores -21

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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