Belmont Bruins vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 3/15/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Belmont Bruins vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Location: Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Belmont (+4)
The Vanderbilt Commodores (17-16) will go up against the Belmont Bruins (25-7) at Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt) on Tuesday. Belmont opens this game as 4-point underdogs. The total comes in at 143.5.
The Belmont Bruins played Morehead State and went home with a loss by a final score of 53-51 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Bruins finished with 12 while Morehead State recorded 18 fouls. They converted 6 of their 16 shots from long range. Morehead State ended up going 70.0% at the free throw line by converting 7 of 10 attempts. On top of that, Morehead State had 28 rebounds (9 offensive, 19 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Morehead State totaled 6 assists and had 11 steals in this matchup. Regarding the defense, Belmont let their opponent shoot 38.5% from the floor on 20 out of 52 shooting. They also recorded 6 assists for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 10 steals. With regard to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 26 with 5 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Bruins converted 15 of 21 tries for a percentage of 71.4%. Belmont finished the game with a 39.5% FG percentage (17 out of 43) and converted 2 out of their 12 shots from beyond the arc.
Ben Sheppard is a player who was a major factor for this contest. He racked up 19 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also grabbed 2 boards. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime.
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Belmont steps onto the hardwood with a record of 25-7 for the campaign. They have an average of 78.5 pts per game (26th in Division 1) while connecting on 48.9% from the field. The Bruins are hitting 33.2% on three-point shots (274 of 826) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Belmont is pulling in 33.6 rebounds per game and has racked up 580 assists on the year, which ranks 6th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 11.9 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 13.5 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Bruins are forcing 15.1 turnovers every game and they draw 14.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 268th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 431 relinquished for the season. The Bruins are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.9% (809 of 1,886) and they surrender 33.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 34.4% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 149th in college basketball in opponents points per game (68.2).
The last time they took the court, the Vanderbilt Commodores went home defeated by a final of 77-71 when they faced Kentucky. The Commodores were able to pull down 16 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 24 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 7 steals for this contest. Kentucky was called for 15 fouls in this matchup which got the Commodores to the charity stripe for a total of 10 shots. They were able to make 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Vanderbilt made 11 of 28 attempts (39.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Commodores finished shooting 26 out of 62 from the floor which had them at 41.9%. The Commodores allowed Kentucky to knock down 30 out of their 61 tries from the field which left them shooting 49.2% for the game. They finished the game shooting 46.7% from distance by going 7 of 15 and ended up shooting 10 of 13 at the charity stripe (76.9%). When discussing attacking the glass, Vanderbilt permitted Kentucky to pull down 33 overall (8 offensive).
Jordan Wright pitched in for the Commodores in this game. He converted 10 of 12 in the game giving him a rate of 83.3%, and had 6 rebounds. He totaled 27 points in his 32 mins on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist.
Vanderbilt has a mark of 17-16 on the season. The Commodores are committing 18.2 personal fouls per game and they hit 69.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.7 times per contest (278th in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.4 times per contest. Vanderbilt has scored 2,323 pts for the campaign (70.4 per game) and they average 34.0 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Commodores are shooting 42.4% from the field, which ranks them 269th in the nation.
The Vanderbilt defense concedes 30.0% on three-point shots (217 of 723) and opponents are connecting on 72.8% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 13.1 assists and 35.2 boards per contest, which is 222nd and 219th in college basketball. The Commodores on the defensive side of the court are 133rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 67.5. They are forcing 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (121st in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vanderbilt (-4)
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