Vanderbilt Commodores vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 3/1/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Rupp Arena is where the Kentucky Wildcats (20-9) will play the Vanderbilt Commodores (16-13) on Wednesday.
The Vanderbilt Commodores took the court against Florida and went home with a win by a final score of 88-72 in their last game. Vanderbilt wrapped up the contest having earned a 51.7% field goal percentage (31 out of 60) and buried 10 of 24 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Commodores made 16 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 69.6%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 37 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 10 dimes for this contest while forcing 4 turnovers and earning 1 steal. With regard to the defense, Vanderbilt allowed their opponent to shoot 42.9% from the floor on 27 out of 63 shooting. Florida doled out 11 assists and had 4 steals in the game. In addition, Florida grabbed 29 boards (11 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Florida finished the contest at 57.9% at the charity stripe by converting 11 of 19 tries. They made 7 out of their 24 attempts from 3-point range. In the matter of fouls, the Commodores ended up with 16 while Florida accounted for 16 fouls.
Liam Robbins is a guy who was a factor for the matchup. He walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the floor but had no assists when the game ended. He was on the hardwood for 28 minutes and collected 9 rebounds. He scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting.
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Vanderbilt will take the court with a win-loss record of 16-13 for the season. They turn it over 10.7 times per contest and as a team they commit 16.2 fouls per game. As a unit, Vanderbilt is collecting 37.3 boards per game and has accounted for 348 assists for the year, which is 295th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Commodores are shooting 33.6% on shots from 3-point land (244 of 727) and 70.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 72.0 points per contest (177th in the nation) while hitting 42.1% from the field.
Defensively, the Commodores are able to force 9.9 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. They are ranked 213th in college basketball in giving up assists with 385 conceded so far this season. The Commodores defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.6% (754 of 1,729) and they concede 35.7 boards per game as a team. They surrender 31.9% on three-point shots while they are 242nd in Division 1 in PPG allowed (71.9).
The last time they took the court, the Kentucky Wildcats got the victory with a final of 86-54 against Auburn. The Wildcats corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 38 in this game. They gave up possession 10 times, while earning 10 steals for the game. Auburn was called for 17 fouls for the contest which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 15 tries. They were able to bury 14 of those for a percentage of 93.3%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Kentucky knocked down 8 out of 13 attempts (61.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Wildcats ended up going 32 out of 57 from the field which had them shooting 56.1%. The Wildcats allowed Auburn to knock down 19 of 56 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 33.9% in this contest. They finished 33.3% from downtown by connecting on 7 out of 21 and finished the game at 9 out of 14 from the free throw line (64.3%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Kentucky allowed Auburn to grab 18 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Oscar Tshiebwe ended up having an impact for the Wildcats for this contest. He tallied 22 points in his 36 mins on the court, but didn't get an assist. He made 8 out of 10 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 80.0%, and earned 17 rebounds.
Kentucky has a win-loss mark of 20-9 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are hitting on 46.2% from the floor, which ranks them 86th in D-1. Kentucky has totaled 2,175 points for the campaign (75.0 per game) and they grab 38.4 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 15.8 times per contest (25th in college hoops) and they turn it over 11.5 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 15.9 fouls per contest while shooting 70.3% from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats defensively are ranked 96th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 67.2. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the floor (141st in college basketball). The Kentucky defense surrenders 32.9% on 3-point attempts (187 of 569) and their opponents are connecting on 74.4% of their foul shots. They have given up 11.7 dimes and 30.0 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 104th and 8th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Vanderbilt
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