Vanderbilt Commodores vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 3/22/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Vanderbilt (+4)
Cintas Center is the site where the Xavier Musketeers (20-13) will try to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores (19-16) on Tuesday. Xavier opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The total comes in at 144.
The Vanderbilt Commodores faced Dayton and took home the win by a score of 70-68 in their last contest. Vanderbilt walked away from the game with a 37.1% FG percentage (23 of 62) and buried 10 of 26 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Commodores made 14 of their 20 shots for a rate of 70.0%. In terms of pulling down boards, they earned 35 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 12 assists in this contest while forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. When it comes to the defense, Vanderbilt allowed 46.4% from the field on 26 of 56 shooting. Dayton doled out 9 assists and had 2 steals for the contest. Moreover, Dayton pulled down 32 rebounds (4 offensive, 28 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Dayton finished 66.7% when shooting free throws by converting 12 of their 18 tries. They buried 4 out of their 16 tries from three-point range. When it comes to personal fouls, the Commodores walked away with 20 and Dayton recorded 19 personal fouls.
Scotty Pippen is one guy who had an impact for this contest. He scored 32 points on 9 of 24 shooting. He played 43 mins played and also collected 4 boards. He finished the game shooting 37.5% from the floor and distributed 7 dimes.
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Vanderbilt comes into this one with a record of 19-16 on the season. They are averaging 70.7 points per game (185th in Division 1) while hitting 42.4% from the floor. The Commodores are hitting 34.0% on shots from 3-point land (302 of 889) and 69.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Vanderbilt is snagging 34.3 boards per game and is sitting with 409 assists so far this year, which is 178th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.1 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Commodores are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 308th in D-1 in giving up assists with 457 relinquished for the year. The Commodores defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.4% (824 of 1,945) and they concede 35.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They relinquish 30.0% on 3-point attempts and they rank 133rd in the country in points per game allowed (67.6).
The last time they took the court, the Xavier Musketeers got the win with a final of 72-56 when they faced Florida. The Musketeers pulled down 34 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 18 times, while recording 10 steals in the matchup. Florida committed 19 personal fouls for the contest which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 72.7%. In regard to shooting from downtown, Xavier made 4 of 20 attempts (20.0%). Overall, the Musketeers finished shooting 26 for 53 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.1%. The Musketeers permitted Florida to convert 21 out of their 64 tries from the field which left them shooting 32.8% in this matchup. They went 20.0% from 3-point land by shooting 6 of 30 and finished the game at 8 of 11 at the charity stripe (72.7%). In reference to rebounds, Xavier allowed Florida to snag 28 overall (7 offensive).
Jack Nunge was important for the Musketeers in the matchup. He tallied 12 points in his 19 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 4 dimes in this matchup. He buried 4 of 5 in this game for a field goal rate of 80.0%, and added 8 rebounds.
Xavier has a win-loss record of 20-13 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, the Musketeers are shooting 44.6% from the field, which is ranked 134th in college hoops. Xavier has accounted for 2,436 points so far this year (73.8 per contest) and they pull in 37.4 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.7 times per contest (68th in the nation) and they turn it over 11.8 times per contest. The Musketeers are committing 15.4 fouls every game and they go 70.3% from the charity stripe.
The Musketeers are ranked 171st in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 68.8. They are able to force 12.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (123rd in college basketball). The Xavier defense surrenders 31.8% on three-point shots (231 of 726) and their opponents are converting on 74.2% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 12.3 dimes and 34.6 boards per game, ranking them 154th and 173rd in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Xavier (-4)
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