Tennessee Volunteers vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee (-6.5)
The Vanderbilt Commodores (6-12) play the Tennessee Volunteers (15-6) at Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) on Wednesday. The spread on this game has Tennessee as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 139.5.
Tennessee steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 15-6 this year. The Volunteers are hitting 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc (137 of 398) and 74.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.0 points per contest (141st in Division 1) on 44.5% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.9 times per contest and as a team they are committing 16.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Tennessee is grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game and has accumulated 319 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 58th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Volunteers have forced 15.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.1 fouls. They rank 110th in college hoops in allowing assists with 218 surrendered for the season. The Volunteers defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 40.2% (464 of 1,154) and they surrender 33.5 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 31.2% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 18th in the country in points per game allowed (62.7).
The Tennessee Volunteers faced off with the Kentucky Wildcats and went home with a loss by a final score of 70-55 in their last contest. Tennessee finished the game with a 32.1% field goal percentage (18 of 56) and buried 6 of 22 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Volunteers made 13 of their 16 tries for a percentage of 81.3%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled 27 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists in the matchup as well as getting 4 steals and 5 blocks. In regard to defense, Tennessee allowed 32.1% from the field on 18 out of 56 shooting. Kentucky earned 12 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Wildcats collected 39 boards (9 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Kentucky ended up shooting 85.0% when shooting free throws by burying 17 of 20 shots. They also made 7 of 14 shots from 3-point range.
Victor Bailey is one player who played a role for the game. He accounted for 18 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played 36 mins played and collected 3 rebounds. Bailey finished 50.0% from the field and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Volunteers was Keon Johnson. He collected 3 boards and also accounted for 5 dimes. He shot 28.6% from the field in this matchup by shooting 4-of-14 (15 points). When all was said and done, Johnson played 33 min.
Vanderbilt has a record of 6-12 this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Commodores are hitting on 43.3% from the field, which ranks them 221st in the nation. Vanderbilt has earned 1,327 pts so far this season (73.7 per contest) and they snag 35.2 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.2 times per contest (177th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 14.1 times per contest. The Commodores commit 17.9 fouls per game while shooting 73.5% from the free throw line. The Commodores on the defensive end are ranked 266th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 73.8. The Vanderbilt defense concedes 34.0% from downtown (131 of 385) and opponents are converting on 71.8% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.7 dimes and 33.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 234th and 130th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 13.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (297th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Vanderbilt Commodores took a defeat with a final score of 82-78 when they played the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Commodores pulled down 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in this matchup. They also turned away 2 shots while earning 5 steals in this game. The Crimson Tide had 19 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Commodores to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 75.0%. When discussing 3-point shots, Vanderbilt knocked down 10 out of their 23 attempts (43.5%). When all was said and done, the Commodores ended up going 25 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.9%. The Commodores allowed the Crimson Tide to knock down 26 of 61 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.6% in the matchup. They shot 25.6% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 39 and ended up shooting 20 out of 28 from the free throw line (71.4%). In reference to team rebounding, Vanderbilt permitted Alabama to snag 34 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Scotty Pippen was important for the Commodores in this matchup. He made 5 of 13 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which earned him 24 points. Pippen pulled down 3 boards in his 31 minutes played and accounted for 4 assists for this game. One more player who came through for Vanderbilt was Maxwell Evans. He accumulated 18 points in 29 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 out of 9 shooting for the game. Evans finished going 77.8% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vanderbilt (+6.5)
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