Vanderbilt Commodores vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Vanderbilt (+5.5)
The Cincinnati Bearcats (9-9) play the Vanderbilt Commodores (7-14) at Fifth Third Arena on Thursday. The odds on this contest have Cincinnati as 5.5-point favorites. The total is set at 148.
Vanderbilt will take the court with a mark of 7-14 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per game and as a group they commit 17.9 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Vanderbilt is grabbing 34.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 271 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 203rd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Commodores are hitting 35.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (198 of 559) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.8 pts per game (143rd in the nation) while hitting 43.2% from the field. When they are on defense, the Commodores are forcing 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. The Commodores are allowing a FG percentage of 46.2% (550 of 1,190) and they concede 34.9 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 200th in the country in giving up assists with 283 conceded for the campaign. They are surrendering 34.1% from 3-point land and they are 267th in the country in points per game allowed (73.9).
The Vanderbilt Commodores stepped onto the hardwood against the LSU Tigers and took a loss by a score of 83-68 in their last contest. Vanderbilt walked away from the contest having earned a 38.7% field goal percentage (24 out of 62) and buried 8 of 27 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Commodores buried 12 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 57.1%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 27 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 9 assists for this game while forcing 16 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When it comes to defense, Vanderbilt allowed 46.2% from the floor on 30 of 65 shooting. LSU distributed 17 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. Furthurmore, LSU grabbed 48 boards (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 4 blocks. LSU finished the contest at 81.3% at the charity stripe by making 13 of 16 shots. They also buried 10 of 26 tries from downtown.
Maxwell Evans is one player who was a major factor for this contest. He totaled 20 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 36 minutes and collected 4 rebounds. Evans finished the game at 44.4% from the floor and also earned 3 assists. One more player that played a role in this contest for the Commodores was Jordan Wright. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 30 min played on the night. He finished 45.5% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 5-of-11 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Wright totaled 2 assists.
Cincinnati has a record of 9-9 this year. The Bearcats are committing 19.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 65.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 14.8 times per contest (77th in college hoops) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. Cincinnati has tallied 1,251 points on the campaign (69.5 per game) and they average 36.3 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Bearcats are connecting on 42.8% from the field, which has them ranked 252nd in college basketball. The Bearcats on defense are ranked 222nd in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 71.7. They have surrendered 13.4 assists and 34.4 boards every game, which ranks them 213th and 147th in the country. The Cincinnati defense gives up 32.6% on three-point shots (111 of 341) and their opponents are knocking down 75.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 13.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (194th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Cincinnati Bearcats walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 80-74 against the Memphis Tigers. The Bearcats were able to snag 22 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while earning 7 steals in the game. The Tigers committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Bearcats to the charity stripe for 21 tries. They were able to make 13 of them for a clip of 61.9%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Cincinnati buried 9 of 24 attempts (37.5%). In all, the Bearcats walked away from this one shooting 26 for 57 from the field which had them at 45.6%. The Bearcats permitted the Tigers to make 30 of their 70 attempts from the field which left them shooting 42.9% for this game. They finished shooting 26.9% from distance by shooting 7 out of 26 and ended up going 13 out of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). In relation to attacking the glass, Cincinnati permitted Memphis to collect 42 overall (16 on the offensive glass).
Keith Williams was important for the Bearcats for this game. He made 7 out of 18 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 38.9%, and had 5 rebounds. Williams had 19 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood and had 6 assists in this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Cincinnati was Mike Saunders. He accumulated 2 assists in 31 mins on the court, and he shot 6 out of 8 from the floor. Saunders wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the floor as well as totaling 19 points and 3 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Vanderbilt (+5.5) and under 148 points
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