Vanderbilt Commodores vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Vanderbilt (+13)
Rupp Arena is the venue where and the Kentucky Wildcats (2-6) will play the Vanderbilt Commodores (4-3) on Tuesday. Kentucky opens this contest as 13-point favorites. The O/U opens at 139.
Vanderbilt enters this one with a win-loss record of 4-3 for the campaign. The Commodores are shooting 33.3% on shots from downtown (65 of 195) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.0 pts per contest (172nd in Division 1) on 43.2% from the field. They turn the ball over 14.1 times per contest and as a group they commit 15.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Vanderbilt is grabbing 37.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 97 assists for the year, which has them ranked 231st in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Commodores are able to force 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.7 fouls. They are relinquishing 30.7% on 3-point shots and they rank 135th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (67.9). The Commodores defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.0% (177 of 402) and they relinquish 34.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 101st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 85 surrendered so far this season.
The Vanderbilt Commodores took the court against the Florida Gators and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 91-72 in their last contest. Vanderbilt finished the contest having earned a 41.4% field goal percentage (24 out of 58) and buried 8 of their 20 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Commodores knocked down 16 of their 20 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 26 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 12 assists in this matchup in addition to having 6 steals and 4 blocks. When discussing defense, Vanderbilt allowed the other team to shoot 41.4% from the field on 24 out of 58 shooting. Florida recorded 14 assists and had 9 steals in the game. In addition, the Gators had 34 rebounds (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Florida ended up going 64.0% at the free throw line by making 16 of their 25 attempts. They also buried 7 out of their 17 tries from beyond the arc.
Scotty Pippen is one guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He accounted for 18 points on 6 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins and collected 3 boards. Pippen walked away from this one shooting 37.5% from the floor and also totaled 6 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this contest for the Commodores was Dylan Disu. He grabbed 8 boards and also collected 3 assists. He finished 44.4% from the floor for the contest by going 4-of-9 (14 points). When the game finished, Disu played for 34 min.
Kentucky has a record of 2-6 on the campaign. Kentucky has accumulated 532 pts on the season (66.5 per game) and they grab 40.3 boards per contest. The Wildcats have committed 18.5 fouls per contest and they hit 64.6% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats are connecting on 41.5% from the field, which has them ranked 287th in the country. They are assisting teammates 11.5 times per game (281st in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 16.1 times per contest. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 120th in D-1 in points given up per game with 67.4. They are able to force 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (93rd in college basketball). The Kentucky defense allows 28.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (46 of 164) and their opponents are making 70.0% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 12.4 dimes and 34.9 rebounds every game, which is ranked 147th and 166th in the country.
When they last played, the Kentucky Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 78-73 when they played the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Wildcats earned 29 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 45 in this contest. They also rejected 10 tries while recording 10 steals for the matchup. The Bulldogs earned 14 fouls for the contest which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for 8 shots. They were able to convert 3 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 37.5%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Kentucky made 11 of their 21 tries (52.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Wildcats finished shooting 32 for 77 from the floor which had them sitting at 41.6%. The Wildcats allowed the Bulldogs to knock down 26 out of 69 attempts from the field which left them shooting 37.7% in this contest. They went 33.3% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 15 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 23 at the charity stripe (69.6%). In regard to team rebounding, Kentucky permitted Mississippi State to get 42 in all (15 offensive).
Dontaie Allen ended up being a major contributor for the Wildcats for the contest. He buried 8 of 13 for the contest for a field goal rate of 61.5%, which earned him 23 points. Allen pulled down 5 rebounds in his 32 minutes and earned 2 dimes for the game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Kentucky was Olivier Sarr. He totaled 14 points in his 37 minutes on the court via 6 of 16 from the floor in this contest. Sarr ended up shooting 37.5% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 12 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Vanderbilt (+13)
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