Valparaiso Crusaders vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Valparaiso Crusaders vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, TN
TV: SEC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Valparaiso (+6)
The Vanderbilt Commodores (11-21 last year) play the Valparaiso Crusaders (19-16 last season) at Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium on Friday. The spread on this game has Vanderbilt as 6-point favorites. The O/U is set at 145.
Valparaiso enters this game after finishing with a record of 19-16 last season. They averaged 72.3 points per game (133rd in the country) while going 44.2% from the floor. The Crusaders connected on 34.0% on shots from downtown (287 of 843) and 71.4% from the free throw line. As a basketball team, Valparaiso pulled down 34.2 rebounds per contest and accounted for 533 dimes throughout last season, which had them ranked 12th in D-1 in terms of passing. They lost possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per game and as a basketball team committed 17.2 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Crusaders forced 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.1 fouls. They surrendered 36.2% on three-point shots while they were 234th in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.3). The Crusaders defense gave up a FG percentage of 45.4% (908 of 1,998) and they surrendered 35.7 boards per game as a team. They were 312th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 472 relinquished last season.
The Valparaiso Crusaders faced off with the Bradley Braves and took a loss by a final of 80-66 in their last game. Valparaiso finished the game with a 40.7% field goal percentage (24 out of 59) and buried 10 of 29 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Crusaders made 8 of their 12 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 26 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 14 assists in this game in addition to earning 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Valparaiso allowed 40.7% from the field on 24 out of 59. Bradley doled out 15 dimes and 5 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Braves snagged 34 rebounds (8 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Bradley went 87.5% from the free throw line by converting 14 of 16 attempts. They also made 8 out of their 17 attempts from three-point range.
Donovan Clay is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 8 points on 4 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 36 minutes and totaled 2 rebounds. Clay ended up going 36.4% from the floor and dished out 4 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Crusaders was John Kiser. He collected 4 boards and also tallied 2 dimes. He ended up going 37.5% from the floor in the game by shooting 3-of-8 (8 points). Overall, Kiser played for 33 min.
Vanderbilt had a win-loss record of 11-21 last season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Commodores hit 42.8% from the floor, which was ranked 227th in the nation. Vanderbilt totaled 2,295 pts over the course of last year (71.7 per contest) and they grabbed 32.3 rebounds per game. They dished out assists 11.4 times per contest (297th in the nation) and they lost possession via turnover 13.1 times per contest. The Commodores were responsible for committing 19.2 personal fouls per contest and they hit 69.7% from the charity stripe. The Commodores were ranked 307th in D-1 in PPG given up with 75.0. The Vanderbilt defense surrendered 35.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (215 of 613) and their opposition made 73.8% of their foul shots. They forced their opponents into 13.8 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 46.7% from the field (335th in the nation). They surrendered 13.4 dimes and 36.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranked them 242nd and 250th in those categories.
For their last game, the Vanderbilt Commodores took a defeat with a final score of 86-73 when they played the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Commodores were able to snag 19 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 for this game. They rejected 2 tries while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Razorbacks earned 21 personal fouls in the game which took the Commodores to the free throw line for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of those for a rate of 75.0%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Vanderbilt made 6 of their 24 attempts (25.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Commodores finished shooting 23 out of 60 from the field which had them shooting 38.3%. The Commodores permitted the Razorbacks to convert 25 out of 51 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 49.0% for the matchup. They went 42.9% from beyond the perimeter by going 12 of 28 and ended up going 24 out of 31 at the charity stripe (77.4%). When it comes to team rebounding, Vanderbilt permitted Arkansas to collect 32 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Dylan Disu saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Commodores for the matchup. He buried 4 of 11 for this game giving him a rate of 36.4%, which gave him 13 points. Disu collected 10 boards in his 39 mins played and tallied 2 assists in this contest. One more player who came through for Vanderbilt was Saben Lee. He notched 30 points in 38 minutes on the court by way of 9 of 16 from the floor in the game. Lee ended up shooting 56.3% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Valparaiso (+6)
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