Vanderbilt vs Northwestern 3/16/2017 Free NCAA Tournament Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 3/13/2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Vivint Smart Home Arena
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The 9 seed Vanderbilt Commodores head to Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the 8 seed Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the NCAA Tournament. The opening line for this game has Vanderbilt as 4 point favorites.
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The Commodores come into this game with an overall record of 17-14. They are 20-12 against the spread and their over/under record is 12-16. The Wildcats have an overall record of 21-10. They have an over/under record of 9-17 and they are 19-11 against the spread.
Matthew Fisher-Davis comes into this contest averaging 13.6 points per game while playing 27.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Commodores. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Luke Kornet averages 13.2 points per game in 31.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 6.2 rebounds per game for Vanderbilt. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
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Bryant McIntosh averages 14.4 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest this year for the Wildcats. He grabs 2.7 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. Scottie Lindsey averages 14.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Vanderbilt averages 71.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 224th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 3.1 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 250th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 61st in the country. They average 34.6 rebounds per game and 13.0 assists per game which ranks them 239th and 212th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 247th with 12.4 per game. The Commodores allow 68.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 74th in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 99th and 109th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.5 rebounds a game which ranks 138th and they give up 11.4 assists per contest which puts them in 50th place in the country. They force 10.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in Division 1.
Northwestern averages 71.1 points per game this year which ranks them 233rd in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 6.0 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 233rd spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 224th in the nation. They average 36.2 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per contest which ranks them 151st and 68th respectively. In the turnover department the Wildcats rank 335th with 10.6 per game. The Wildcats allow 65.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 34th in the country. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 100th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 35.4 rebounds a game which ranks 194th and they give up 12.0 assists per contest which puts them in 89th place in the nation. The Wildcats force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 78th in college basketball.
The Commodores are 143rd in the nation in offensive rating at 105.8. They assist on 55.5% of their shots, which ranks 106th in the country. In terms of pace they average 67.1 possessions per 40 minutes, which places them 286th among D-1 teams. They are 107th in effective field goal percentage with 52%. As a team they are 69th in the country in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 49% of their shots. Vanderbilt turns the ball over an average of 16.5 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage of 50.1% places them 199th in Division 1 while their offensive rebound percentage is 25%.
The Wildcats are 113th in the nation in offensive rating at 107.1. They assist on 60.2% of their shots, which ranks 28th in the country. In terms of pace they average 66.4 possessions per 40 minutes, which places them 306th among D-1 teams. They are 227th in effective field goal percentage with 50%. As a team they are 216th in the country in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Northwestern turns the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage of 50.6% places them 163rd in Division 1 while their offensive rebound percentage is 30.9%.
Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Trends
The Vanderbilt Commodores are 20-12 against the spread
The Vanderbilt Commodores are 12-16 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 19-11 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 9-17 against the over/under
Vanderbilt Commodores Injuries
12/20/16 G Phillip McGloin Personal has left team
12/14/16 G Larry Austin Jr. Eligibility out for season
12/13/16 G Camron Justice Personal expected to transfer
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
12/14/16 F Aaron Falzon Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Vanderbilt -4
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