Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Pick
Will No. 24 Tennessee have a letdown following a big win when the Vols go on the road to face Vanderbilt tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Tennessee is the slight favorite on the road, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -2 points against Vanderbilt. The over/under total for the game is listed at 140 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee and will air live on the SEC Network.
Tennessee is coming off a big 76-65 win over Kentucky at home this past weekend to get its first win in SEC play. The Vols are 10-4 overall, 1-2 in the SEC and 7-5 against the spread. Tennessee is averaging 79 points per game this year while allowing 69.9 per contest. Grant Williams is leading Tennessee with 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Admiral Schofield is adding 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Vanderbilt is coming off a 71-60 loss at South Carolina for its fifth loss in eight games. The Commodores are now 6-9 on the season, 1-2 in the SEC and 1-11 against the spread. Vandy is scoring 71 points per game this year while allowing 69.7 per contest. Jeff Roberson is leading Vandy this season with 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Matthew Fisher-Davis is adding 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
The road team has won seven of the last eight meetings in this series, covering the spread in all seven wins as well. Vanderbilt has been disappointing this year, especially at the betting window. Their only cover was at Florida and their failed covers at home have come against some poor teams. Tennessee is showing it can be a good team and is improving throughout the year. Despite coming off a big win, I don’t see the Vols letting themselves take a step back tonight. Rick Barnes will have his team ready to pick up a needed road win. The public betting is strongly with Tennessee tonight and I am picking the Vols as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: TENNESSEE -2