Middle Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Pick
Can Vanderbilt climb toward the .500 mark tonight when it plays host to Middle Tennessee at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Vanderbilt is favored at home, as the Commodores are getting odds of -2.5 points against Middle Tennessee. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 140 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee and will air live on the SEC Network.
Middle Tennessee is coming off an 81-76 win over Florida Gulf Coast this weekend to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Blue Raiders are 2-1 against the spread thus far. MTSU is putting up 75.2 points per game on offense this season while allowing 69.8 per contest. Nick King is leading the Blue Raiders with 24.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Brandon Walters is adding 11.4 points and 5 rebounds per contest.
Vanderbilt is coming off an 84-79 loss to Kansas State this weekend to fall to 3-5 on the season. The Commodores have yet to cover the spread, going 0-7 in lined games thus far. Vanderbilt is putting up 69.4 points per game on offense this season while allowing 72.2 per game on defense. Jeff Roberson is leading Vandy with 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season while Matthew Fisher-Davis is adding 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Middle Tennessee has won its last two meetings with Vanderbilt. These two are each 3-3 against the spread in their last six encounters. Vandy hasn’t has a good year at the betting window and it is hard for me to see them getting on track until they prove they can cover. They are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 0-6 ATS in their last six against a team with a winning percentage over .600. MTSU has covered in 9 of its last 12 non-conference games and in five of its last seven on the road. The public betting is siding slightly with the Blue Raiders and I am with them.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: MIDDLE TENNESSEE +2.5